Over 10,500 Views for Blockadia Rising (2014)

Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade is an hour-long documentary film written and directed by Garrett Graham, in collaboration with the Tar Sands Blockade and features exclusive video footage shot by the blockaders themselves during the course of over six months of sustained resistance against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Blockadia Rising has been screened around the country at over a dozen universities and community centers and thousands have watched the full film online. As of January, 2014 over 10,500 unique visitors have viewed Blockadia Rising on Vimeo while many others have seen the film through Films for Action and SubMedia.

This independent film has been praised by Yes! MagazineCommon Dreams, GristNation of ChangeClimate-Connections and the Earth First! Journal. Clips from this documentary have been broadcasted on public television, Democracy Now! and Al Jazeera America.

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Creative Resistance Showcase: Puppets for the Planet

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.33.44 PMCreative Resistance, a showcase for activist art, has chosen to spotlight my latest video of Puppets for the Planet performing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?“, a humorous look at the serious dangers of fracking here in Denton, an everywhere else too. Coming soon: “Don’t Frack with Denton“.

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Puppets for the Planet Presents: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

In anticipation of my next documentary, Don’t Frack With Denton, here’s a fun little treat from Puppets for the Planet, a delightful group of artists and puppeteers lending their creative talent to the movement to ban fracking in Denton. On November 4th, 2014 the people of Denton will have their chance to vote on this issue. Until then, groups like Puppets for the Planet are getting the word out and having fun with it too.

Don’t Frack With Denton is a documentary film by Garrett Graham about the movement to ban fracking in Denton, Texas. It is being produced in partial fulfillment of the University of North Texas Master of Fine Arts degree in documentary filmmaking and will be completed in the spring of 2015.

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Interviewed in the North Texas Daily (2014)

NTDaily Screen Cap 8-26-14This interview was originally published by the North Texas Daily on August 26th, 2014.

By Dalton LaFerney/Staff Writer

While Denton decides what to do about hydraulic fracturing in and around its neighborhoods, UNT graduate student and local documentarian Garrett Graham will film the proceedings and movements for his latest documentary, “Don’t Frack With Denton.”

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Blockadia Rising at Social Justice Film Festival: Dallas TX (2014)

FilmFestivalBanner4Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade will be screening on the opening night of the first Social Justice Film Festival sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center on June 3rd at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff. I am very honored to be a part of this event. If you can’t make the screening you can always watch the film online but I find that rabble rousing for social justice is so much better with other people.

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Video: Above All Else Premier SXSW (2014)

Reports From the Edge produced this wonderful mini-documentary about the SXSW premier of Above All Else that features interviews with the filmmakers and some of my Tar Sands Blockade friends who joined me at the premier in Austin. What a great night!

Reports From the Edge is produced by This American Land, the leading conservation news magazine program on public television stations nationwide – reporting on America’s landscapes, waters, and wildlife with stories that inform and entertain.

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New Project: Don’t Frack With Denton (2014)

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I am excited to announce my next documentary film project, “Don’t Frack With Denton“. The finished film will be thirty minutes in length and shot during the summer and fall of 2014. Post-production will conclude in spring of 2015

My goal is to follow the local movement to ban fracking in Denton and interview its participants in it in order to capture what makes this particular fight against fracking unique and significant. To that effect, I want this film to be as much about Denton as it is about fracking in order to find out what Denton means to the people in this struggle and how that affects the way they organize. Continue reading

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Podcast: The Film and Festival Express (2014)

Screen shot 2014-03-11 at 9.15.25 PMOn Sunday, March 9th I was invited on to CJMP 90.1 Powell River Community Radio up in British Colombia as a guest on The Film and Festival Express hosted by Courtney Harrop to talk about my documentary Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade. We had a wonderful discussion about filmmaking, activism and future projects. You can listen to the podcast here: CJMP Podcast March 9th, 2014: The Film and Festival Express. The interview begins about four minutes and fifteen seconds into the show after Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome.”

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