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John Fiege

Lecturer
Department of Radio-Television-Film
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John Fiege is a director, cinematographer, and photographer whose films have played at SXSW, Museum of Modern Art, Hot Docs, Cannes, and many others, and received distribution on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, and other platforms. His latest film, Above All Else, is a feature-length documentary about the Keystone XL pipeline that premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, with an international premiere at Hot Docs. The film won Best North American Documentary at the Global Visions Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. Mississippi Chicken, his intimate portrait of immigrants working in the poultry industry, was nominated for a Gotham Award for The Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” His short film, Slow Season, about a father and son’s memories of the BP oil spill, premiered at Austin Film Festival and screened in many coastal areas threatened by oil and gas exploration, as part of a Working Films community screening tour, called Shore Stories. He photographed the Sundance documentary selection, No No: A Dockumentary, and has worked on many other feature documentaries, including Reversing Roe, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. He has received numerous fellowships and grants, including from the Redford Center, Princess Grace Foundation, Austin Film Society, The University of Texas, Kodak, and Smithsonian Institution. His clients include The New York Times, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund, Planned Parenthood, Whole Foods, Smuggler, and many other companies and organizations. He holds a BA from Carleton College, an MS in cultural geography and environmental history from The Pennsylvania State University, and an MFA in film production from The University of Texas at Austin, where he also works as a lecturer.