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! Magazine, Common Dreams, Grist, Nation of Change, Climate-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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This 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.”
The film will feature the people affected by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking and share their passions and arguments, Graham said. The expected release date is sometime this spring. Continue reading
Blockadia 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.
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.
Graphic by Mathew Long
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
On 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.”
I have been anticipating the premier of director John Fiege’s documentary, Above All Else, ever since I first agreed to participate in the film back in 2012 during my days as an organizer and videographer with the Tar Sands Blockade.
My friends and I were interviewed and recorded during some of the scariest and most stressful moments of our lives blockading the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Now, almost two years later, the story has made it to the big screen and I am heading to SWSW 2014 to attend the world premier on Monday, March 10th at the Paramount Theater in Austin.
As a graduate student of documentary filmmaking at the University of North Texas, this is my first time attending a real film festival premier and I expect it to be as educational and exciting as my experiences assisting the filmmakers behind Above All Else and producing my first documentary film, Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade. Continue reading
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The Real News Network recently produced this video reporting on the recent civil disobedience at the White House (March 2nd, 2014) protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. This video report features clips from my first documentary, Blockadia Rising: Voices of the Tar Sands Blockade which is available in the Creative Commons for anyone to download and use for non-commercial purposes.