Texas Competition
Presented by: Panavision
A JURIED COMPETITION OF FILMS EITHER SHOT IN OR RELATING TO THE LONE STAR STATE
The winner of the Texas Competition receives a Grand Jury Prize of a camera package rental worth $30,000 from Panavision.

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Above All Else
USA, 2013, 99 min., Color

Shot in rural East Texas, ABOVE ALL ELSE follows David Daniel, a retired trapeze and high-wire artist who’s found himself in an actual David-versus-Goliath battle against TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. The $7 billion project, designed to transport tar sands from Alberta, Canada down to the Texas Gulf Coast, just so happens to cut right through David’s property, which he believes will be ruined as a result.

Together with a group of affected landowners and impassioned activists known as the Texas Keystone Convergence, David takes his fight against imminent domain literally to the next level, building a small tree house village turned stronghold to keep the tree loggers at bay. In ABOVE ALL ELSE, John Fiege captures the deeply personal consequences of this enormous international project, where back country conservatives and liberal minded students band together in an acrobatic feat of civil disobedience.

—Chad Jones

Screenings
Director
John Fiege
Screenwriter
John Fiege
Producer
Christopher Lucas, Anita Grabowski
Cinematographer
John Fiege
Editor
Leah Moreno
Music
Justin Sherburn

Director Bio
John Fiege is a filmmaker and photographer based in Austin, Texas who received his masters in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, where he has also worked as a lecturer. His films have played at the Cannes Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Miami International Film Festival and many others. His film MISSISSIPPI CHICKEN was nominated for a Gotham Award for “The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” His other accolades include the Princess Grace Special Project Grant, the Princess Grace Award, the Carole Fielding Documentary Award and the Teas Filmmakers’ Production Fund Grant.
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