The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 96 minutes
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.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Global Health Competition
"Mississippi Chicken" (2007), ABOVE ALL ELSE (2014)
John Fiege, Anita Grabowski, Christopher Lucas
This film is presented with the generous support of PAM CERIO DESIGN.