ABOUT THE FILM
Wind power… it’s sustainable … it burns no fossil fuels…it produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. WINDFALL, a beautifully photographed feature length film, documents how this proposal divides Meredith’s residents as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, a group of townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills slated for Meredith could bring to their community as well as the potential for financial scams. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, WINDFALL is an eye-opener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy.
Laura Israel, Director/Producer
WINDFALL director Laura Israel grew up in New Jersey and after earning a degree in film from NYU, she edited music videos for Lou Reed, Keith Richards, David Byrne, New Order, Patti Smith, Ziggy Marley, Sonic Youth and many others. Laura has worked as photographer/filmmaker Robert Frank’s editor for nearly two decades; the films have screened all over the world and won many awards. She also edited Stephanie Black’s feature documentary AFRICA UNITE, LIFE FOR A CHILD directed by Academy Award nominated DP Ed Lachman and MUSIC OF REGRET by photographer Laurie Simmons. Editing credits include advertising and television promo campaigns that have garnered AICP awards, International Film and TV awards, a GLAAD award, an Emmy award, and a Monitor award for editing. This is Laura Israel's first film as director, and she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Laura is currently working on her next film, a documentary about Robert Frank.
Brian Jackson, Director of PhotographyWorking as both a commercial director and a cinematographer for the past thirteen years, Brian has honed his filmmaking skills over a variety of projects. His work in the documentary realm is his true passion and has taken him to many parts of the world: from war-torn Africa to remote villages in Peru. Recently Brian completed work on the documentary “WIndfall”, which explores the darker side of wind power as an alternate energy source in a rural upstate New York town. When he’s not shooting he can be found rock climbing in Southern California or camping in the Mountains of upstate New York.
Autumn Tarleton, Producer
Autumn Tarleton most recently produced the Isabella Rossellini-directed documentary ANIMALS DISTRACT ME that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and will have its television premiere on Discovery's Planet Green channel. She also post-produced Isabella Rossellini's Webby-nominated GREEN PORNO and SEDUCE ME series for the Sundance Channel. Last year Autumn spent a month producing a documentary called IN THE HEARTS OF AFRICA in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2008 she post-produced LIFE FOR A CHILD, which won best documentary short at the Cinequest Film Festival. Autumn’s producing credits include a web series about Chicago Bears’ Quarterback Jay Cutler’s triumph over diabetes, as well as loads of web content for GQ.com.
Stacey Foster, Co-ProducerStacey edited the Isabella Rossellini-directed documentary ANIMALS DISTRACT ME that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as well as four series of short films with Isabella Rossellini for the Sundance Channel. The GREEN PORNO series has played at the Tribeca, Toronto, and Berlin Film Festivals, has won two Webby Awards and is nominated this year. She also edited ART WALK '09 for director Mac Premo which won an Emmy for best commercial. Stacey’s editing credits include a half hour special for VH1 about Pearl Jam’s iconic album “Ten” and LIFE FOR A CHILD, which won the award for Best Short Documentary at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival. She also edited webisodes for the Chicago Bears’ Jay Cutler about his struggle with diabetes and a variety of webisodes for GQ.com.
Alex Bingham, Art DirectorAlex Bingham is a visual artist who works in a variety of media: painting, glass, photography and video. Alex recently finished editing a series of short films for MOMA and Parsons “Headspace: On Scent as Design”, and is currently working on a glass panel based on layered video stills. Alex’s editing clients include: DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Conde Nast, Estee Lauder, Popular Mechanics, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Channel 13, BBC America, MTV.
Don Faller, Executive Producer
You can read all about Don and his company DOUBLEWIDE MEDIA here: Producer Don Faller
Hazmat Modine on Barbes Records, Musical Score
Please find out about the musicians who did the wonderful music for WINDFALL here: hazmatmodine.com
Dean Modino, Animation
See more of Dean’s work here: modino.com
Lisa Linowes, Technical Advisor
Ms. Linowes is an expert on the impacts of industrial-scale wind energy development on the natural environment, communities, and the regional grid systems. A conservation and land use advocate with over 20 years of executive business experience, Ms. Linowes has held high-profile elected and volunteer positions in community planning, land negotiation, and education outreach.
Since its formation in 2006, Ms. Linowes has served as Executive Director and spokesperson for the Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group, www.windaction.org. IWA is a national advocacy organization focused on the impact/benefits analysis and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development.