Neon has blocked the rights to the thriller in North America How to blow up a pipeline – a breakthrough in the TIFF format, which had its world premiere in the Platform category of the festival in 2022, after a competitive situation.
Billed as part high-stakes heist, part radical exploration of direct action as climate activism, the film is based on Andreas Malm’s manifesto to fight the climate crisis. It follows a team of young environmental activists on a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline.
Daniel Goldhaber (ur.cam) based on his screenplay, written with Ariela Barer (Runaways, atypicalk) and Jordan Shoal. Barer plays alongside Christine Froseth (sharp stick), Lucas Gage (Euphoria), Forrest Goodluck (survivor), Sasha Lane (american honey), Jamie Lawson (Batman), Marcus Scribner (Black), Jake Weary (Should), Irene Bedard (Pocahantas) and Olive Jane Lorraine (Jelly).
How to blow up a pipeline was written, cast, financed and produced in just seven months with funding from Lyrical Media and Spacemaker. The film was produced by Isa Mazzei, Goldhaber, Barer, David Grove, Churchill Wiste and Adam Wyatt Tate, Chrono’s production company. Alex Black and Alex Hughes also served as producers, with Daniel Mandel as co-producer. John Rosenberg, Riccardo Maddalosso, Lane, Goodluck, Sjol, Natalie Sellers and Eugene Kotlyarenko served as executive producers. While Neon plans to roll out the film to theaters, a release date has yet to be set.
“When we started working on this film, NEON was the perfect distribution partner,” said directors Goldhaber, Barer, Jordan Sjol and Daniel Garber. “They have done an incredible job of supporting films that are at the forefront of cinema and are constantly thinking of new, out-of-the-box ways to connect audiences and films. We are so lucky to have found a partner who is so passionate about this project and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with them to bring How to blow up a pipeline to theaters across America.”
Neon is a production and distribution company that has received 18 Academy Award nominations and five wins, including Best Picture, in just five years, and has grossed over $180 million in box office receipts. The company has four films that will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, including a recently acquired documentary by Laura Poitras. All the beauty and bloodshed, which received the “Golden Lion” of the Venice Film Festival; Genre-defying photography of David Bowie by Brett Morgan, moon dream; Ruben Östlund Palme d’Or winner, Triangle of sadness; and Coreeda Brokerstarring Cannes Film Festival winner for Best Actor Song Kang-ho (Parasite). Neon also announced yesterday 2073A new documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia that explores the biggest issues threatening our future.
Jeff Deutschman and Mason Speta were negotiating a deal How to blow up a pipeline on behalf of Neon, with CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers.