Pipe Dreams is a documentary film produced by Jane Kelly Kosek and Leslie Iwerks. The film was just recently nominated for the shortlist of the Academy Awards. Eight documentary films out of 48 were selected to the shortlist and then will be judged in three large cities. T he final announcement for the academy nominations will be announced on January 24.
Pipe Dreams is a film about the ongoing debate of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a 40-minute documentary that explores the social, political and environmental impacts of the $7 billion construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
This movie is directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks and narrated by Daryl Hannah, who was arrested in Washington D.C. on August 30 for protesting the pipeline’s construction. This film marks the third outing on the subject by Iwerks, with the most imminent potential to influence a national decision on the pipeline.
The film uncovers the realities behind building this 1,980-mile pipeline through the heartland of America. Through interviews with landowners, politicians, scientists, engineers, environmental groups, activists and more, it discusses the increasing ramifications of America’s reliance on Canada’s tar sands, as well as the sacrifices on people, wildlife and the environment in the long term. On the opposite side, it will examine Keystone’s proposed job creations, the land reclamation, projected revenue for landowners and taxpayers, reliance on foreign oil, and pipeline safety history in America. In addition, the film will take a look at the existing Keystone I Pipeline, its ongoing leaks, and the personal stories of landowners whose land it has affected. Some of these landowners are from Marshall (SD) and Sargent (ND) Counties.
In November President Obama delayed his administration’s decision on the pipeline until 2013 to have time to review alternative routes. In December Republicans in Congress inserted, into a payroll tax bill, a requirement that the Administration decide on the pipeline within 60 days, which will be in late February.
Iwerks’ previous films Dirty Oil and Downstream (shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2009) have covered the environmental and social consequences of oil production from the tar sands regions in Alberta, Canada (visit www.babelgum.com/dirtyoil and www.downstreamdoc.com).
A public showing of Pipe Dreams was held at Cogswell Community Center on Wednesday, January 4. No future showings are scheduled for Bismarck at this time. However, the trailer or pre-view of Pipe Dreams can be seen at Pipedreamsdoc.com.