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Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (2011)

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Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America's most scandalous clean energy project. Cape Wind would be the U.S.'s first... See full summary »

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Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America's most scandalous clean energy project. Cape Wind would be the U.S.'s first offshore windfarm...But strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. With full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and fueled by a satiric 'revolutionary' soundtrack, Cape Spin! is "a gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy". "It proves that environmental films can be crowd pleasers, and not at all just about the environment." Written by Daniel Coffin

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23 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America  »

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Perfect for the Environmental Film Festival
5 November 2012 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

I saw this documentary as a part of the Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival, and I am so glad it was included in the festival. I previously knew nothing about this topic, and I felt a learned a lot by watching the movie. Cape Spin delivers a poignant look at a very topical issue and does it in a very humorous and entertaining way. The film presents both sides of this intense debate, and shows how the answers to environmental problems are not so easily found. The issue presented here may have local significance in Miami someday, and for this reason it is very sobering--it makes the audience consider where we would stand in a situation like this. It is hard to choose a side because both sides present rational arguments. I think a mark of a truly good documentary is a lack of bias. Most of time, I watch a documentary to be educated and not indoctrinated, and Cape Spin did a great job of that. I think it is incredibly difficult to remain neutral while filming a documentary about a issue so polarizing, and I give the filmmakers a lot of credit for the delicate balance achieved in Cape Spin. Overall, a very interesting and well-done film.


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