Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

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. 

The 22 minute short film is touring festivals and will be available for public screenings in summer 2017.

The scalable exhibition combines photographs, large scale video projections, an audio soundscape, and short film.

The project is produced in collaboration with Working Films.

Interested in booking Water Warriors? Email us at info@storyline.media

Water Warriors Trailer

audiences are SAYing

The fight to stop fracking is a story of resistance powered by love -- for the water, for our communities and generations to come, for the better world that we're working so hard to build. In just 22 short, thundering minutes, Water Warriors will leave you immersed in that story, seeing anew all that surrounds you. –Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough & This Changes Everything

I thought that [the exhibit] was a great way to immerse the viewers in the subject, and come together to explore where we are at in this battle. It was very rich. I am so glad that you will be bringing this show to some other communities in the area. It is an event, and a model, that I feel is definitely worth repeating! –Travis Cohn, Pittsboro, NC

You educated me, you moved me, and you made my convictions on this subject even stronger. –Stacy Sprenz, Pittsboro, NC

For more background on the project check out Filmmaker Magazine's Q&A with director Michael Premo.

Community discussion

Community discussion

Video projections in Full Scale Show

Video projections in Full Scale Show


The scalable exhibit has two version, a full scale gallery show, and a pop-up version. Both are adaptable to a range of spaces. Workshops and facilitated events are available too. For more information email info@storyline.media.


Running length: minimum 96 running ft. 

36 mounted photographs; sizes: 12” x 18”,  16” x 24”, 30” x 40”

3 floor-to-ceiling projections. (Can accommodate space considerations.)

1 immersive audio soundscape

Short film


Photos printed on fabric. Fabric prints can be hung on photo backdrop stands.

Contact us for details: info@storyline.media.


Dana Gallery, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, MT

Lumbee Pow Wow, North Carolina

The Post-Environmental Center, Richmond, VA

Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR

United World College Annual Conference: Climate Change & Energy Innovation

Zora Neale Hurston Festival

North Carolina Climate Justice Summit

Sanctuary for Independent Media

Cucalorus Film Festival

Wabi Sabi

Chatham Mills Performing Arts Center

Be Electric Studios


Pop-up show at Lumbee Pow Wow, North Carolina.

Pop-up show at Lumbee Pow Wow, North Carolina.

Community discussion at Newspace Center for Photography, Portland.

Community discussion at Newspace Center for Photography, Portland.