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Critic Reviews for Windfall
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.
Audience Reviews for Windfall
This documentary at times seems like it's rushing to throw as many varieties of dirt at wind power as it can. Some of its complaints stick, some don't. But even if this film focuses too little on substance and too much on petty small-town personality clashes, it's different perspective on wind power still makes it an important film to let bounce off of you.
Windfall takes aim at clean, renewable wind energy with misinformation. Everyone seeing this film, or reading uninformed reviews from some of these critics, owes it to themselves to learn the truth.
For example, Massachusetts environmental and public health agencies just reviewed all scientific studies available and concluded in January that, ‚There is no evidence for a set of health effects from exposure to wind turbines that could be characterized as a 'Wind Turbine Syndrome'‚¶we conclude the weight of the evidence suggests no association between noise from wind turbines and measures of psychological distress or mental health problems.‚?
Shadows from moving wind blades typically last just a few minutes near sunrise and sunset in bright sun conditions, and can be addressed through the location of turbines and plantings. German researchers found that flicker would affect residents for 100 minutes per year under the worst conditions and 20 minutes per year under normal circumstances. Even then, the rate of flicker is far below the frequency that, according to the Epilepsy Foundation, normally is associated with seizures. A 2007 report by an expert panel for the National Academy of Sciences found it "harmless to humans."
You wouldn't know that if your only source of information about wind energy was this severely slanted film.
As another critic said: "The documentary isn‚(TM)t big on hard data; instead, [Director Laura] Israel allows the majority of her interviewees to deliver anecdotes, speculation, anti-corporate conspiracy theories, and just a few statistics‚¶the movie‚(TM)s case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching‚¶the unbridled scare tactics cast too big a shadow over the agit-prop doc Israel ended up making." (Noel Murray, AV Club, Feb. 2, 2012)
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