Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Above All Else

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 96 minutes

Above All Else
Above All Else
Above All Else

Former high-wire artist David Daniel never expected to be at the forefront of the Keystone XL pipeline debate. But when he discovered TransCanada planned to route it through his land, he became incredibly concerned. He had moved to rural East Texas with his wife and young daughter for peace, a wish that appeared to now be in jeopardy. Instead, Daniel became somewhat of an expert on the dangers of the pipeline, spreading the word to his neighbors. They were convinced by his knowledge and passion, so they didn’t need to be won over. David found himself in a battle with a corporate Goliath, who wasn't going to let anyone interfere with its bottom line. ABOVE ALL ELSE documents his tumultuous experience from its infancy to his desperate but bold final act, putting his expertise to use by building an intricate tree-top blockade. Despite whether or not it stopped TransCanada, Daniel's bravery ignited a fire under grassroots climate change activists, who have continued the work he started. You've heard the heated arguments on the subject, but ABOVE ALL ELSE gives it a human face. – E.F.

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John Fiege

ohn Fiege is a writer, director, and cinematographer from Austin, Texas. He holds several degrees, one of which is an M.F.A. in Film & Media Production from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007 his debut, "Mississippi Chicken," was nominated for a Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You."

"Mississippi Chicken" (2007), ABOVE ALL ELSE (2014)

John Fiege, Anita Grabowski, Christopher Lucas

John Fiege

Leah Marino

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This film is presented with the generous support of PAM CERIO DESIGN.

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