About Us and Our Documentary
We are seven students from Ithaca College working together as Two-Way Productions. We are currently producing a semester thesis for our Documentary Workshop class, which requires that we create a professional documentary pilot by the end of December.
For the past few months, we’ve been working on a documentary about the current resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline, proposed by energy company TransCanada Corp., would run from Alberta, Canada to the Texas refineries in the Gulf Coast.
The construction of this pipeline has become a controversial issue. Advocates argue it will create more jobs and provide a source of domestic energy. But activists are worried about the pipeline's environmental and health risks. Some landowners, whose land has been claimed by TransCanada, are suing the corporation for eminent domain abuse. Some are worried about effects to water sources on the land, while others want to protect Native grounds.
What We Need & What You Get
So far, we have filmed throughout Texas and Oklahoma. We've met landownerswho have filed lawsuits against TransCanada. We've also filmed the tree dwellers of the Tar Sands Blockade, who have tresspassed onto Trans-Canada-owned property in Texas as a means of protest against the pipeline construction. A few weeks ago, we filmed the Blockade's largest mass action yet, where 11 people were arrested and police used "pain compliance" tactics on people via pepper spray and dragging protestors to police cars.
Our trips have been successful, but there are more stories and people we want to pursue for our film. There are still many communities we have yet to explore.
With your help we can create a documentary that will contextualize the turbulent environmental, economic and political debates regarding the Keystone XL pipeline by representing a multitide of perspectives on this issue.
Even the smallest amount will aid greatly in helping us meet our goal! We are offering some perks for helping us out, and you can find them listed on the sidebar.
Donated Funds Will Go Toward:
- Transportation costs
- Production crew lodging
- Camera and equipment costs
- Rental car and gas fees
- Distribution and advertising
If approved, the Keystone pipeline would be the second longest pipeline in the world. The past couple years have been fraught with tension by those taking a passionate stance either for or against the Keystone construction. This tension has thickened recently, as part of the project is already under construction in Texas.
President Obama is expected to make a decision in early 2013. Whether he decides to deny or approve TransCanada's current proposal, the outcome will greatly affect the American people as well as generations to come.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that some people just can’t contribute monetary funds, and can still be instrumental in helping us reach our goal! Please share our campaign link with others and help us spread the word about our endeavor.