Madeline Brewer gives a stunning performance as Alice, a cam girl on the rise who is wishing to be top-ranked. One morning she wakes up to discover someone else using her account as an exact replica of herself.
After seeing Cam, I was quite keen to nominate director Daniel Goldhaber for the horror genre, but he threw a curveball at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. He is remarkable for displaying a wide range of abilities, allowing him to excel at approaching projects of any scale and scope.
Goldhabers follows a group of young climate-change activists who decide that if the law will not punish those who are guilty of contributing to the climate catastrophe, they will, so they set off to blow up a West Texas oil pipeline.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline, which had its world premiere in TIFF 2022, which saw it find its home over at Neon, Goldhaber and cast members Ariela Barer, Lukas Gage, Forrest Goodluck, Jayme Lawson, Marcus Scribner, and Olive Jane Lorraine swung by the Marbl Collider Supper Suite and Media Studio to talk about their experiences telling this story.
Goldhaber began with a brief description of the rather unusual process of modifying Malms' work:
Climate activist Andreas Malm's manifesto is based on this fact. He believes that climate change is a real danger to human life on Earth, and that it is necessary to shift away from fossil fuels and preserve human civilization and society as we know it. We adapted these principles into a heist thriller film about young climate activists who blow up an oil pipeline in rural Texas in a very traditional heist manner.
Andreas Malm's manifesto is based on a document by environmentalist Andreas Malm, who basically explains that every social justice movement in history has been predicated on the destruction of property, and that climate change poses an existential danger to human existence on Earth and that it is kind of questioned whether or not property destruction is necessary to maintain human civilization and society as we know it. We adapted these ideas into a heist thriller film about young climate activists who blow up an oil pipeline in rural Texas in somewhat
Given the introduction to the article, this will probably come as no surprise, but I had to ask Goldhaber why he chose to withdraw from horror following Cam's success. Here's what he said:
After Cam, most of the industry opportunities that was offered to me were in disbelief, but I think that me and all the people that I work with, like Isa Mazzei who wrote and produced this film, Jordan Sjol who wrote and produced this film, we all sort of are idea-first filmmakers. And for me, this is just about, how do I take a really great idea and make a film that is engaging, that also has something meaningful to say?
I think that myself and all of the people I work with, whether it's Isa Mazzei who produced this film or Jordan Sjol who wrote and produced this film or Jordan Sjol who was a writer on Cam, all are kind of idea-first filmmakers. And for me, it's about, how do I take a really great idea and make a film that can connect with a wide audience, but that also has something meaningful to say?
Because How to Blow Up a Pipeline features an exceptionally large roster of main characters, Goldhaber isnt shy about beefing up his collaborative team. One of the film's greatest feats? It manages to provide up a significant amount of history and purpose for every single one of them, bolstering the shared value of this risk they are taking together.
I asked the cast for their greatest strengths and weaknesses when trying to complete this mission in an attempt to tease all of the main players in How to Blow Up a Pipelines. Scribner began:
Sean's greatest strengths were his interpersonal skills. He was able to connect with so many people from all backgrounds with the same goal. His biggest weakness is his fear. He wanted to continue going to college and living a great life.
Sean's greatest strengths were his interpersonal skills. He was able to connect with so many individuals from different backgrounds under the same common goal. And his biggest weakness was his fear. He wanted to keep going to college and live a great normal life.
Lawson jumped in next to highlight her own character, Alicia, and also Alicia's connection to Sasha Lane's Theo:
Sasha Lane couldn't be here, but I think her whole motivation for being there is largely and exclusively dependent on Theo.
I would say that Alicia's greatest asset was her skepticism. It kept everyone in check, just about what is actually possible, and kept us grounded on why we're doing what we're doing. Theo, after all, is Alicia's major weakness. Sasha Lane couldn't be here, but I think her whole purpose for being there is totally and exclusively dependent on Theo.
Logan, who is one of the most powerful wild cards in the group, is a strong point. I think Logan's biggest weakness is his ability to remain fearless, but also his tendency to be impulsive, sometimes thoughtless person. Logan's friendship with another member of the group, Rowan, played by Kristine Froseth, will keep you glued to the mission for longer.
Goodluck adds Michael, the group's bomb-making specialist, to his plate when the strength/weakness question comes his way; I would say Michael's greatest strength is probably that he can accomplish this by himself; however, I feel like that's his greatest weakness as well, because it would have just exploded in his face.
How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a film starring Barer, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Goldhaber and Sjol. Xochitl is the person who started this operation:
Xochitls greatest strength is probably her determination and intelligence to craft a plan like this, but her greatest weakness is her all-consuming self-confidence that someone has to face in order to execute a plan like this.
Xochitls greatest strength is probably her determination and intelligence to execute a plan like this, and her biggest weakness is her all-consuming obsession that someone has to face in order to execute a plan like this.
Lorraine gave up one for Dwayne, who is played by Jake Weary in the film, to complete the character descriptions.
I play Dwayne's wife, so I'll just say hi to him. Obviously, his greatest strength is his determination. But I think he has the Texas grit that he's like, All right, strap in! When someone hurts themselves, he's like, All right, grip it! It's okay, but the fact that his family lives in poverty has pretty severe implications.
I'll just say hi to Dwayne. Basically, I think his greatest strength is his courage and determination. Logically, he's obviously a big strength, but I think he has the Texas grit that he's like, All right, strap in! When someone hurts themselves, he's like, All right, strap in! Let's face the consequences.
Lorraine also acted as Jakes wife Katie in the film. She explained that she also aided in the script.
Because I was born and raised in Baytown, I was exposed to acid rain and pollution, and Danny and Ariela were like, Hey, we have a Texan storyline in this and we know that you have personal stories attached to Texas as well as to the oil industry. It was wonderful to be a part of this film and shape Dwayne in a way that felt real and not just a Texan caricature.
Because I was raised in a Baytown oil rig town, Danny and Ariela came to me and said, We have a Texan storyline in this and we know that you have personal stories attached to Texas and to the oil industry. It was wonderful to be a part of this film and shape Dwayne in a way that felt real and not just a Texan caricature.
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