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Grand Prize DOC NY Film Fest
"Absorbing, sobering... Catch it if you can" -Washington Post
"Prescriptive eco docs are rarely as attuned to the folly of human ingenuity as this one or as insightful on our knee-jerk demand for impossibly easy solutions" -Village Voice
"Fascinating...a tantalizing case study" -Salon.com
"Haunting...a sublimely cinematic documentary" -Wall Street Journal
"One of the most surprising (and depressing) eco docs I've seen in years" -Chicago Reader
The wind turbine has become a symbol of hope. The sleek white spokes spinning against the sky promise a future free of fossil fuels and the importation of foreign oil. Who could object to wind energy? How could it possibly be anything but the safe, exciting future of renewable energy? The well-meaning residents of Meredith, NY--most of whom are organic farmers facing serious economic struggles--initially see wind turbines as the answer to their prayers: while being paid for their unused land, they can contribute positively to the environment and global economy. But upon investigation, some residents are surprised to find that industrial wind farms have been associated with chronic health problems, life-threatening accidents, and damage to local ecosystems and wildlife. Soon, town residents are pitted against each other in a struggle for the very future of their community and its environment.
Unlike many environmental documentaries, Windfall explores an unexpected aspect of a seemingly uncontroversial topic, revealing how individuals on opposite sides of an issue can be equally desirous of positive and progressive change. It not only presents surprising information, but also asks important questions about our responsibilities to our communities and neighbors, as well as our ability to consider long-term solutions to a problem. Nuanced and complex, Windfall is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of energy production in America.