Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle
Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle
Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle
Item#: CAP-963
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Running Time: 86 minutes
Grades 8-Adult
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
A film by The Electron Project


"Highly recommended. This entertaining documentary tells the unlikely tale of a seemingly unassailable plan to tap the wind off the coast of Massachusetts to produce clean energy. (The film) provides an excellent window into the political dimensions of green energy – and more broadly into the dysfunctional nature of the American political system."
– Educational Media Reviews Online

"Highly recommended. Riotous...An enjoyable (and depressing) look at local democracy turning into a special-interest circus."
– Video Librarian

"Editor's Choice. Highly Recommended. No holds barred, reasonably objective, and surprisingly gripping insight into what really goes on in the making of local and national energy policy. The story is eye opening."
–Science Books and Films, American Association for the Advancement of Science

"This evenhanded program follows a 10-year battle in Massachusetts over proposed Cape Wind.... The best part of the entire process is seeing the power of free speech in action. A surefire discussion prompter about environmental and energy issues."
– Booklist (ALA)

Cape Spin! aims to separate facts from distortion and let viewers decide about Cape Wind for themselves. (The film) alternates between the sober, lighthearted and even wacky as it breaks down its complex subject and follows debate and protest around the Cape.”
– Associated Press

“The film is exasperatingly funny, as it features politicians who often exhort the public to embrace ‘green’ energy projects such as wind farms — but who also happen to own homes with ocean views of Nantucket Sound — arguing against the project.”
– Boston Globe

“Turns a tragicomedic lens on screaming dissent at public hearings, protests by costumed demonstrators, caustic advertising campaigns against the project and dueling op-ed articles during Mr. Gordon’s pursuit of regulatory approval from various layers of government.”
– New York Times


International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam
Cleveland International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival, Washington, D.C.
Woodstock Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Take One Action Film Festival, Scotland



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Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle is a tragicomic tale of the 10-year battle over America’s largest proposed clean energy project – and a microcosm of the obstacles the country faces in the larger struggle to move towards more sustainable forms of energy on a broader scale, or build any large-scale project.

When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed Cape Wind, a project to put 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a huge firestorm of opposition would erupt. Cape Spin! tells the incredible tale of how America’s first proposed offshore wind farm triggered an unexpected schism in this idyllic coastal region. Neighbor was pitted against neighbor, environmentalist against environmentalist, and unexpected alliances were forged – including Kennedys and Kochs on the same side. Cape Wind supporters claimed that the project would launch a new American clean energy industry, while opponents countered it would ruin a natural treasure and enrich a private developer.

Shot over five years, the filmmakers enjoyed unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the key players on both sides of the controversy. As a result, the film shows it all -- the hearings, the protests, the science, the complexity of the debate, the passion, and often the absurdities that went into each sides arguments.

After 10 years, $70 million and 8,000 pages of analysis the Federal Government approved the wind farm, but the project is still not up and running, as the controversy and debate continues.


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