Preview Screening: How to Blow Up A Pipeline movie - NEW LOCATION

Start: Monday, March 27, 2023 7:30 PM

End: Monday, March 27, 202310:00 PM

Join us for a FREE advance screening of the forthcoming film "How to Blow Up a Pipeline", which comes out in theaters April 7th. After the film we'll have a short facilitated discussion, and share some resources for people to get more involved in the local climate justice movement. The theater opens at 6:30pm, with the film starting at 7:30pm sharp.


This adaptation of Andreas Malm's incendiary nonfiction book is a stunning wake-up call on the imminent dangers of the climate crisis. Following a group of young environmental activists on a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline, this taut and timely thriller is part high-stakes heist, part radical exploration of the existential threat we all face.

In 2021, the critically-acclaimed (and controversial) book How to Blow Up a Pipeline was released, stirring strong debate and discussion in the climate justice movement. The science on climate change has been clear for a very long time now. Yet despite decades of appeals, mass street protests, petition campaigns, and peaceful demonstrations, we are still facing a booming fossil fuel industry, rising seas, rising emission levels, and a rising temperature. With the stakes so high - it’s vital that the climate movement looks at the history of the Suffragettes, the American Civil Rights Movement, the Anti-Apartheid movement, or Indian independence – to deflate the fallacy that historic, transformative change was accomplished by non-violent, state-sanctioned means alone.

It’s not the easiest thing to dramatize a nonfiction book, but in the hands of director Daniel Goldhaber, Andreas Malm's treatise on the environmental movement is a kinetic, exhilarating story that will have your blood boiling. This isn’t some alien trying to wipe out the universe – these are the very real, very dire circumstances threatening our planet, and what some believe may be the only way to fight them.

Directed by Daniel Goldhabar
Written by Ariela Barer, Jordan Sjol, Daniel Goldhabar

Cast: Ariela Barer, Kristine Froseth, Lukas Gage, Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane, Jayme Lawson,
Marcus Scribner, Jake Weary

The organizers are in no way advocating for violence or blowing up pipelines - and topics like this are serious issues not to be joked about. But we do hope this film will contribute to a vital strategic discussion for the climate justice movement, and encourage our efforts to be bolder and more effective.

We also want to explicitly acknowledge that the original venue for this screening was on the site of the Bay Street Mall (AMC Emeryville), which was built on a sacred, historic Ohlone Shellmound. We did not initiall realize the theater was part of the mall, and upon consulting with Sogorea Te' Land Trust & Save The Shellmounds we were able to move the event to San Francisco. You can learn more of the history of the Bay Street Shellmound and from this media story, and the ongoing struggles to protect shellmounds and Ohlone culture through Save the Shellmounds and Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.

Given this is a free event - we also want to ask guests to consider making a donation to our allies with Sogorea Te’ Land Trust - who generously offered us guidance in navigating this situation, and do amazing work as an Indigenous women-led local land trust that facilitates the return of Indigenous land to Indigenous people.

AMC Theaters have ADA-compliant seating and access. ​We are asking all participants to be COVID-conscious - and encourage masking, regular testing, and of course - staying home if you feel sick.