Event: Windfall Film Screening

Jan 03, 2011 No Comments by

Great news! The excellent documentary Windfall is coming to Waitsfield, VT. The documentary tells the story of one small town in upstate New York and its struggle to decide whether or not to accept industrial wind turbine development amidst their homes. The Friends of Northfield Ridge worked to bring the film to Vermont. Their release is included below, as well as details of the event. 

Title: Windfall Film Screening
Location: Big Picture Theater Waitsfield, VT
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Description: A documentary that tells the story of one small town in upstate New York and its struggle to decide whether or not to accept industrial wind turbine development amidst their homes.

The story of Meredith Israel explores the largely hidden downside of allowing wind energy corporations to stake out land in American communities, installing 400-foot high wind turbines so near peoples’ homes that residents complain of headaches and respiratory problems, not to mention the diminished property values and general noise of a giant turbine so near one’s home. As the residents in Meredith duke out their concerns at town hall meetings, Israel and her crew also take us to neighboring Tug Hill, where dozens of wind turbines have already changed that small town forever

Sunday, Jan. 16, 5pm

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5pm
Thursday, Jan. 20, 6pm
Start Date: 2011-01-16
End Date: 2011-01-20

Friends of Northfield Press Release

Friends of the Northfield Ridge, are sponsoring three screenings of the documentary film, WindfalI, at the MountainTop Film Festival at The Big Picture this month. The screenings will be on Sunday, January 16th at 5 pm, Wednesday, January 19th at 5 pm and Thursday, January 20th at 6 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Windfall tells the story of the residents of Meredith, a small town in upstate New York, and the challenges they face as they decide whether or not to accept an industrial wind turbine development in their community. Filmmaker Laura Israel, who owns a cabin retreat in Meredith, tells the story of this struggle as through the eyes of neighbors both opposed and in favor of the project. Meredith’s story is very different from those of Vermont communities faced with this dilemma in that New York has ‘home rule’, meaning the town can vote the project up or down on a local level. In Vermont, the final decision on these projects is made on a state level by the Public Service Board. The concerns and arguments expressed by Meredith’s residents on both sides of the issue, however, are similar to those we have heard in Vermont communities over the past year. Ms. Israel will be in attendance for the Sunday, January 16th screening and will meet with the audience to talk about the making of the film after the viewing.  Seating is limited to 120 people at each screening and tickets can be purchased in advance at 802 496-8994. For more information about the film contact Peter Boynton at 802 496-4422, or visit the MountainTop Film Festival web site at mountaintopfilmfestival.com.

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