We all know the impact of documentary films: Super Size Me changed how many people looked at McDonald’s, The End of the Line warned of the threat of overfishing, and Grizzly Man taught us that wild grizzly bears are not to be messed with. Now a new film from Laura Israel is set to shine some light on what happens to a community when they bring wind turbines into their town.
To quote Windfall‘s official synopsis: “Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own — that of 40 industrial wind turbines.”
“Windfall documents how this proposal divides Meredith’s residents as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, a group of townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills slated for Meredith could bring to their community as well as the potential for financial scams. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, Windfall is an eye-opener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy.”
The film, which was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, shows both the pros and cons of living with turbines — from the noise to the positive environmental impact. However, what it highlights most is how the technology bitterly divides a community.
Granted we haven’t seen the film yet, but from what we gather from the trailer, the major concerns seem to range from inconvenience to landscape changes to damaging the habitat of local wildlife to an enormous noise footprint and power lines running through private properties.
The film will be released Friday, February 3, 2012 at New York’s Quad Cinema, with other cities following shortly after, as well as availability on select VOD platforms. Click here to see if it is showing near you.