Original title: WINDFALL
Director: Laura Israel
Credits: screenplay: Laura Israel; director of photography: Brian Jackson; editor: Laura Israel, Stacey Foster, Alex Bingham; music: Hazmat Modine, Barbes Records; production design: Alex Bingham (art director); producer: Laura Israel, Autumn Tarleton; production: CAT HOLLOW FILMS;
Running time: 83
Format: HD CAM (HDTV)
New Yorker Israel’s WINDFALL is as much the story of a small upstate New York community, Meredith, torn asunder as it is an expose of the massive wind turbines that split the residents. Energy salesmen from an energy outfit in Ireland offered locals money if they would agree to allow them to build the structures on their land. In a town with no zoning, the reps anticipated huge profits. The residents were split, mostly along lines of lifetimers (for) and weekenders and expatriates from New York City (against), culminating in a new slate of candidates for the municipal elections proposed by those opposed to the alternative power source – and Israel generates suspense by following the run-up to the vote.
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