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Windfall (2012)

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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

May 14, 2012

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The poignant, frightening and visually striking documentary "Windfall" places debate within a very human perspective.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[An] urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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A veteran film editor making her first feature, Israel emphasizes the area's low-key beauty.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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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.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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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.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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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.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: About.com
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A stunning debut, with a fascinating subject, an array of plain-folk talking heads, and precious access to a besieged community.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

a handsome film about ugly things happening in a gorgeous place

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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A much needed second look at the promise of wind energy, so often put forward with scant attention to the impact of 400 foot monstrosities on the people suffering such "progress" in their midst.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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