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EXCLUSIVE: Clip from SXSW World Premiere Doc 'Above All Else,' on Fighting the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 4, 2014 at 12:32PM

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere doc "Above All Else," following one David Daniel as he attempts to rally neighbors and environmental activists alike to build a tree-top blockade of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Watch below, plus trailer.
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Above All Else

TOH! has scored an exclusive clip from SXSW world premiere doc "Above All Else," following one David Daniel as he attempts to rally neighbors and environmental activists alike to build a tree-top blockade of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Watch below, plus trailer.

The film is helmed by John Fiege, who previously made doc "Mississippi Chicken," as well as lensing the 2014 Sundance selection "No No: A Dockumentary." Daryl Hannah serves as an executive producer.

"Above All Else" has its premiere at the Austin fest on March 10. Here's the official synopsis:

One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, Above All Else follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.


This article is related to: Video, Video, Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), Documentary, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.