Still from Water Warriors
Still from Water Warriors

Water Warriors

by Michael Premo
The story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.
2017  ·  22m  ·  Canada, United States
About the Film
In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. WATER WARRIORS invites audiences to contemplate and re-imagine their own possibilities for resistance. We collaborate with communities on lively, participatory events and workshops that create a dynamic forum to deepen civic engagement and strategic discussion.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Winner, Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability
Blackstar Film Festival, Winner, Best Short Documentary
Austin Under-the-Stars, Winner, Best Documentary
Adventure Film Festival, Winner, Environmental Activism Award
Indigo Moon Film Festival, Winner, Juried Award for Documentary Short
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Winner, Best in Theme
One Nation Film Festival, Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Short Film
One Nation Film Festival, Winner, Jury Selection for Best Documentary Short Film
Ekotopfilm Envirofilm, Slovakia, Winner, Prize of the Slovak Environmental Agency for Global Applicability
In the Press
Filmmaker Magazine
Diana Diroy, Scott K. Foley and Ligaiya Romero
Scott Cramer, Michael Premo, Andrew Stern and Franklin Lopez
Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo
Soundtrack Composer
Earl Maneen and Optiks


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