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Directed by
Laura Israel

USA / 2010 / 82:20

New York Premiere

Screening Times and Venues:
10/01/2010, 2:30PM
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
10/02/2010, 9:30PM
Wind power. Clean, efficient, renewable, perfect…or so you thought. “Windfall” is the story of a community torn asunder by the not-so-gently blowing breeze. First-time director Laura Israel discovers a wholly surprising and troubling trend in the wind turbine farms springing up across the Northeast.

Battles surge among friends, neighbors and family members over the giant turbines erected on their properties. Israel also touches on threatening health risks, dwindling property values and the controversial environmental value of the farms.

In a world struggling to come to terms with its growing energy needs and dependence on foreign oil, wind power seems a viable alternative. But as you will witness in this stirring documentary, the answers are not always so simple. (Michael Burke)

Laura Israel grew up in New Jersey and wandered around taking photos in downtown New York City as a teenager. After getting her degree in film from NYU, she began her career editing music videos for Lou Reed, Keith Richards, David Byrne, New Order, Patti Smith, Ziggy Marley and Sonic Youth, among others.

Israel has worked as photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank's editor for nearly two decades, collaborating on films that have screened all over the world and won numerous awards. Other editing credits include Stephanie Black's feature documentary "Africa Unite," "Life For a Child," directed by Academy Award nominee Ed Lachman, "Music of Regret" by Laurie Simmons and numerous award-winning advertising and television promo campaigns.

Executive Producer(s): Don Faller
Producer(s): Laura Israel, Autumn Tarleton
Director(s): Laura Israel
Cinematographer(s): Brian Jackson
Editor(s): Stacey Foster, Alex Bingham
Composer(s)/Music: Hazmat Modine




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