“Won’t Pipe Down” is a short documentary presenting the definitive David versus Goliath battle between the residents of Nelson County, Virginia and the Dominion Power company. This inside look at the community and their fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline raises questions about environmental justice, property rights, and individual rights.
Dominion Resources Inc., along with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources created a joint venture to construct, own, and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This pipeline will pump natural gas through 550 miles of 42 inch pipe starting in West Virginia and ending in North Carolina. These power companies are planning to use eminent domain, a right reserved strictly for public good, to take and use individual property owners’ land for the construction of their five billion dollar pipeline. Dominion has been looking for a path of least resistance, and has targeted rural communities across the three states. But residents of Nelson County refused to go down without a fight, hoping to protect their beloved land in the heart of the Blue Ridge.
Abby believes in taking on big obstacles despite her small stature. From basketball to breakdance competitions, her competitive nature pushes her to rise to any challenge that confronts her. The idea for this documentary came about after being informed that the ACP was proposed to cut directly through her family’s land. Being a Digital Video and Cinema major at James Madison University and having worked as a video production intern at DIGICO Production Company; Abby felt she had the skills to begin producing this documentary. Luckily, three other students were crazy enough to take on this challenge with her.
Check out Black Match Productions, a company started by Abby and Dan after Won't Pipe Down, to stay updated on their work
Art was a world traveler before he was a student at JMU. He has been as far as Cape Town and Helsinki, climbed rooftops in St. Petersburg, Kiev, and Rome, his camera never leaving his side. He was introduced to Abby in one of his filmmaking classes and immediately signed up for the project. Having worked as a photographer and a video producer for Rosetta Stone, Art became one of the key cameramen on this project.
Marley hasn’t eaten breakfast today, and probably won’t tomorrow either. She pulls all-nighters editing films and coordinating bands for JMU’s college radio. To Marley there are few stories more exciting, unsettling, or impactful than actual life events told through a well crafted documentary. Working on Won’t Pipe Down introduced her to the potential that films hold and the exhilarating venture of telling other people’s stories. She aspires to continue uncovering important issues through the powerful tool of documentary filmmaking.
Danny's passion for documenting the world was not always been on the forefront of his mind. After graduating and not pursuing a track at the Culinary Institute of America, he decided to focus on a side of his life he’s always been intrigued with. Documentaries and cinematography have now become a passion and he pursues to be apart of any social affair that seems needing of a voice. “Won’t Pipe Down” has taken a life of its own and has allowed Danny to steer his sights towards something new. Along with “Won’t Pipe Down,” he is also working with Shaina Koren Cinematography in postproduction of their film “Rebound.” He plans to pull from his experiences and take them overseas to Ireland this summer where he will be assisting a small group of students creating media content for a local non-profit.
Although we now have purchasing options, screening kits are still necessary if you plan to show the film to large audiences. If you would like to screen the film for your community, organization, friends, or family then fill out the interest form below to get started as an event organizer. After you have filled out the initial interest form, wait for an email from the Won’t Pipe Down team and the process will continue from there. You can also choose to email us directly to obtain a screening kit.
Screenings kits are $35.00.
Wild Virginia and the Virginia Student Environment Coalition will be showing a screening of Won't Pipe Down at the Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons Theater on November 19th. Following the screening, a short Q&A session with local activists and some of the filmmakers will occur. The screening is free, but be sure to register at the Wild Virginia website so that we can hold a seat for you!
Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church will be showing a screening of the award-winning Won't Pipe Down on November 13th in Burke, Virginia. Following the screening, there will be a Q$A session with filmmakers Abby Riggleman and Danny McNew; and policy experts Ernie Reed (Wild Virginia) and Aaron Mintzes (Earthworks). This event is free and open to the public.
On September 15th, Wild Virginia will be hosting a screening of Won't Pipe Down at Ivy Creek Natural Area Education Building in Charlottesville, VA. A Q&A with local activists, as well as guest speakers Elise Keaton and Nadia Steinzor, will follow the viewing of the film. This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited, so be sure to register at the Wild Virginia website!
Wild Virginia will be hosting a special event on Monday, September 14th that features a discussion by Nadia Steinzor, a pipeline expert, and a showing of Won't Pipe Down. Nadia Steinzor will be speaking about the effects of the pipeline and related projects on health and air quality. Steinzor is a representative of Earthworks, a national organization that aims to protect communities and the environment from the impacts of mining and energy development.
Following the viewing of Won't Pipe Down, there will be a Q&A with Abby Riggleman, one of the filmmakers, and Ernie Reed of Wild Virginia. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the event (just so we can get a head count), see the Wild Virginia website.
On August 1st, Wild Virginia will be hosting a free screening of Won't Pipe Down at the Richmond Public Library - Annex. To reserve your spot for the event, click here.
On July 15th, the Gallery 5 Theater in Richmond, VA is hosting a free screening of Won't Pipe Down. This event is open to the public, and no ticket is required! For more information about this donation-based screening, check out the event listing on Facebook.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Rag & Bones Bicycle Co-op will be hosting a free screening and community panel discussion of Won't Pipe Down in Richmond, VA on July 2nd. Bring your questions to a panel discussion following the film with on-the-ground community organizers from across Virginia working to stop this pipeline.
Make sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on!
Wild Virginia, the Sierra Club, and James Madison University are teaming up to screen Won't Pipe Down at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on May 4th. To get a free ticket, visit www.wildvirginia.org to sign up. There will be a panel discussion afterwards involving the filmmakers and activists.
There are many grassroots organizations in Virginia that are working hard to educate communities on the dangers of the ACP. Visit Wild Virginia to learn more about the potential impacts.