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‘Windfall’: A Civil War Film (Roger Ebert et al. reviews spell trouble for Industrial Wind; DC Environmentalism)

“‘Windfall’ left me disheartened. I thought wind energy was something I could believe in. This film suggests it’s just another corporate flim-flam game. Of course, the documentary could be mistaken, and there are no doubt platoons of lawyers, lobbyists and publicists to say so. How many of them live on wind farms?”

- Roger Ebert (February 1, 2012) 

Three major reviews on WINDFALL–a 1 hour 22 minute exposé that I previously reviewed at MasterResource–is another important development in the growing grassroots pushback against industrial wind parks. As such, it  is a welcome advance from the photo-shopped image of wind as a benign, costless form of modern energy.

Here are excepts from each of three reviews of national import.

Roger Ebert

Here is Robert Ebert’s review of Windfall (February 1, 2012). [Read more →]

February 8, 2012   16 Comments

‘Windfall’ Goes to Washington (Industrial wind turbines without Photoshop)

[Editor's note: Windaction's executive director, Lisa Linowes, attended the March 19 DC premier of Laura Israel's documentary, Windfall. Her report follows.]

“Windfall” made its premier showing in Washington DC last month at the Environmental Film Festival. This was the festival’s 19th year, and the theme — exploring the critical relationship between energy and the environment — was perfect for Laura Israel’s documentary.

I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying Laura to several screenings of “Windfall” over the past ten months. The format for each event is similar and always interesting. Prior to the lights dimming, Laura is introduced along with others who helped make “Windfall”. Following the film’s credits, the audience is invited to participate in a 15–20 minute question and answer period. When I’m available, Laura and I field questions together.

I thoroughly enjoy working with Laura and we understand how to complement each other on stage. I know to stay clear of questions having to do with the making of Windfall, and she and I trade off on questions relating to energy policy, wind development, and community impacts.

Washington, D.C. Showing

We arrived at the theatre about thirty minutes before the 5:00 pm showing to find a line already forming at the entrance. This had to have been an exciting moment for Laura to see her posters advertising Windfall along the walls and watching people streaming into the theater’s lobby. That day’s edition of the Washington Post carried Ann Hornaday’s review of Windfall which was a big plus. The review was better than we could have imagined! Ms. Hornaday likened Windfall to Gasland’s ‘grass-roots tour’ and envisioned similar success.

For me, the Washington venue stood out for two additional reasons. It was the first time I had a chance to watch Windfall in a large theatre setting, the historic AFI Silver Theatre. What a treat! The sounds and visuals were more vibrant and the characters in the film seemed more alive. [Read more →]

April 4, 2011   6 Comments