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Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 23 September 2011 (USA)
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The surreal, fascinating, and tragicomic story of the battle over America's most controversial clean energy project, the Cape Wind offshore wind farm.



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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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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA See more »


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$515,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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A doubly brilliant documentary!
8 June 2013 | by markcrispinmillerSee all my reviews

Cape Spin is an extraordinary documentary about two threats to the survival of all species, including ours. On the one hand, it's about the crucial fight to find alternatives to fossil fuels—in this case, wind power, which just might help us save the Earth from fatal warming, toxic oceans and ground water, and the other poison fruits of oil-and-gas dependency.

And yet Cape Spin is also a brilliant study of another, subtler kind of pollution, which is every bit as dangerous as all the evils that it urges on us: propaganda. The war between those for and those against the windmills off Cape Cod is an excellent example of a mammoth propaganda match between two different wealthy interests —just like the Democrats v. the Republicans, and other huge, expensive and utterly undemocratic struggles for the hearts and minds of the majority.

This film is a must-see, as trenchant as it is hilarious, which is really saying something.

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