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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, NY 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. But when a group of townspeople discover the impacts that a 400-foot high windmill could bring to their community, Meredith's residents become deeply
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The poignant, frightening and visually striking documentary "Windfall" places debate within a very human perspective.
A full-throated attack on wind energy, this feature by Laura Israel is one of the most surprising (and depressing) eco docs I've seen in years.
Ms. Israel's movie proves, once again, that the best nonfiction cinema possesses the same attributes as good fiction: Strong characters, conflict, story arc, visual style.
A veteran film editor making her first feature, Israel emphasizes the area's low-key beauty.
It's a microcosmic version of the political divisions - between left and right, environmentalists and free-marketers, corporations and citizens - that have virtually paralyzed our republic.
Laura Isreal's probing examination of America's emergent windmill industry comes through a microsomal case study in the small upstate New York town of Meredith.
Filmmaker Laura Israel's investigation of how construction of wind turbines in rural New York State impacts local citizens is an important reminder that there are no easy and quick fixes for environmental issues.
A stunning debut, with a fascinating subject, an array of plain-folk talking heads, and precious access to a besieged community.
Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it.
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