It's Global Wind Day - and we're setting out to catch the winds of change with our breathtaking film selections for this year's upcoming festival. In the meantime, we have a few films about wind from past years to celebrate one of nature's most powerful forces.
Global Wind Day is an annual celebration of the possibilities for wind energy around the world. In order to reshape our energy systems, decarbonize our economies, and boost jobs and growth, it is up to a collective effort from leaders, decision-makers, and citizens around the globe to push for the utilization of this ample energy resource.
Wind power is bringing local jobs to underserved communities around the globe; from west Texas to northeast Brazil; from the Cape region of South Africa to coastal Morocco; from Xinjiang, Gansu and Inner Mongolia in China to Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota in the US; and across the southern half of India. These rural communities are growing stronger and providing people with energy that would otherwise be created by coal or other destructive resources. But while wind power is on the rise, there is still much to be done.
Here are three films about energy potential and natural beauty of the wind:
(1) Generation on the Wind (1979)
Windmills are nothing new - In 1978 when David Vassar learned about a group of backyard mechanics, artists and environmentalists who were building a windmill to generate electricity on a remote island off the coast of Massachusetts, he sensed a story. In 1979, the Cutty Hunk windmill was the largest wind turbine ever constructed for electricity generation. The windmill provided years of service and more importantly, acted as ‘proof of concept’ for what is now a leading source of renewable energy.
(David Vassar, USA, 1979, 58 min.)
(2) Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution (2017)
The Clean Energy Revolution aims to use wind, solar, and other renewable sources to create our future energy landscape. In Happening, watch as filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the country. From Georgetown, TX to Buffalo, NY, to Folsom, CA - pioneering clean energy solutions are revealed that may change the way the winds blow for energy production of the future.
(James Redford, USA, 2017, 50 min.)
(3) Breathing Earth (2012)
Does the earth breathe? For this man, it does. Breathing Earth follows 75-year-old Japanese artist Susumu Shingu as he converses with nature through his sculptures. His lifelong dialogue with the wind and water has given the world uniquely beautiful works of fluid, unpredictable and ever-changing movement through his art. Susumu renders visible the opaque and the unseen natural flows of air and water in a way that opens to us new perspectives. Breathing Earth is a film about the wind, the philosophy of a wise artist, art, love, and dreams.
(Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany/UK, 2012, 93 min.)