Interview: Sasha Lane And Jayme Lawson Talk Eco-terrorism Thriller ‘How To Blow Up A Pipeline’

Daniel Goldhaber’s How to Blow Up a Pipeline draws inspiration from Andreas Malm’s non-fiction manifesto, a call-to-arms that violent sabotage is the only logical response to world powers that refuse to take action. While the book is more of a “why” than a “how”, Goldhaber’s film takes a fully narrative route, centering on a group of activists who have had enough and decide to strike back by blowing up a vital Texas oil pipeline.

Of the eight saboteurs, two of them are played by Sasha Lane and Jayme Lawson. Their characters, Theo & Alisha, are lovers who decide to join the mission for different reasons. While everyone has their motivations, it’s Theo and Alisha’s love for one another that drives them to strike back in an effort to make the world a better place.

How to Blow Up a Pipeline is an incendiary piece of work, having made a splash at its world premiere at TIFF last year. But what does it mean to delve into the life of an eco-terrorist? To live the life of a saboteur? I had the pleasure to speak with Sasha Lane and Jayme Lawson about their roles in the film, their research into the lifestyle, and what the energy was like making a movie that could be seen as motivation to others to act.

You can check out the interview on Youtube below, and be sure to Like, Share, and Subscribe! How to Blow Up a Pipeline opens in theaters on April 7th.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.