Above All Else was featured in the Austin Chronicle's feature "Kickstart your Weekend," along with another great documentary that successfully achieved crowdfunding support. We are in the final push, so if you are looking to make a pledge, please do not delay! You may read the article here!
Kickstarter is a great online tool for artists to raise the capital needed at different phases of a project. We are in need of $50,000 to finish our final leg of the film. We hope that our supporters far and wide will come together and help make this film a reality. Please support our Kickstarter campaign by using this link: http://kck.st/13qylwh
We have already been selected as a staff pick and are excited about the long-term success of the campaign. But the true success of the campaign rests in the hands of many donations (both small and large) so please take a moment and commit your support!
Also, continue to visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abovealleslefilm) for continuous updates on the success of our campaign.
Thank you for your support!
- The Team at Fiege Films
We're at the Texas State Capitol with Julia Trigg Crawford, who will testify on HB 3547, which would enact stricter requirements on companies seeking common carrier status and the right of eminent domain. To learn more about the connection between Keystone and eminent domain abuse, check out The Pipeline section of our website www.aboveallelsefilm.com/thepipeline
"Unlike gay rights or similar issues of basic human justice and fairness, climate change comes with a time limit. Go past a certain point, and we may no longer be able to affect the outcome in ways that will prevent long-term global catastrophe."- BIll McKibben, 350.org President and Co-Founder (Read the article in its entirety here: http://tinyurl.com/cm34ka8)
The State Department’s official public comment period on the Keystone XL Pipeline is now open. This is an important opportunity for President Obama and government officials to hear OUR voices in opposition to the pipeline. You can send your comments directly to the State Department or via 350.org!
Texas landowner and farmer Julia Trigg Crawford refused to settle with TransCanada and continues to fight an ongoing legal battle to protect her home from eminent domain abuse. Check out www.standtallwithjulia.com to support Julia and donate to the Crawford Family Defense Fund. You can also attend a benefit concert at the Crawford Family Farm on April 20th: https://www.facebook.com/events/164769157005500
Check out our Forward on Climate Rally Album and enjoy a series of amazing photographs taken from the February 17th rally in Washington, DC. Use this link to see the album: http://tinyurl.com/cz8ctxx
Check out our great album of pictures taken at the Keystone XL Civil Disobedience at the White House from February 13, 2013. Our Executive Producer, Daryl Hannah, along with others were arrested while protesting against the pipeline. Check out the album here: http://tinyurl.com/c2o5jop
On March 2, Above All Else director, John Fiege, participated in Austin Film Festival's "Conversations in Film: Making Your Feature Film" event, which included a panel discussion with directors who have successfully experienced the difficult journey of making an independent feature-length film.
John spoke to a packed audience at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center in Austin, Texas about his experiences directing and producing his first feature-length documentary, Mississippi Chicken, which details the plight of immigrant workers in the poultry industry. He also explained the rewards and the struggles of creating documentaries for modern audiences, while sharing details about his upcoming documentary film, Above All Else, which follows the story of a group of Texans who waged a direct action campaign against the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
"In making documentary films," John remarked during the panel discussion, "I am constantly in the position of having to decide whether to push hard to get an important shot or to stop filming in order to preserve my ability to shoot another day—whether it’s to avoid getting arrested, to protect the safety of the people I’m filming, or to maintain the many relationships necessary to produce a film."
ABOVE ALL ELSE film director, John Fiege, attended the Forward on Climate rally on February 17 in DC. Over 40,000 activists braved the cold temperatures to have their voices heard on climate issues in general and more specifically about the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline. John filmed the event as well as key protesters, including Julia Trigg Crawford and Eleanor Fairchild, two women whose struggles to protect their land are highlighted in ABOVE ALL ELSE.
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