Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution


Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 12:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 1:15 PM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Focus: Stewards of the Earth
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:75 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:James Redford
Producer:James Redford
Jill Tidman
Cinematographer:John Behrens
Editor:Jeff Boyette
Tina Imahara
Bill Weber
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


FOCUS: STEWARDS OF THE EARTH Are we living at the dawn of a clean energy revolution, or will politicians and utility companies, entrenched in our fossil-fuel economy, keep that sun from rising? This question drives James Redford’s disarmingly personal and unpretentious documentary. A Marin County resident and award-winning filmmaker, Redford appears as a concerned, average Joe who just wants to know: Where does our power come from, and can renewable sources ever scale up to satisfy our needs? With a quiver of reasonable questions, Redford hopscotches the country, talking to mayors, activists, entrepreneurs, and executives in Utah, New York, Texas, California, and more. Refreshingly low-key, this documentary has no data-filled charts, ambush interviews, or strident sermons. Rather, it’s a rambling road trip—set to a congenial soundtrack by singer-songwriter (and Petaluma local) Sean Hayes—full of hopeful conversations with the everyday people who are making sure that revolution happens.

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James Redford writes, produces, and directs for film and television. His most recent film, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution-his fifth film for HBO-embarks upon a clean energy tour that opens doors to new solutions and real hope. Prior to Happening, James directed and produced HBO films that include Toxic Hot Seat, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Mann V. Ford, and The Kindness of Strangers. James is the co-founder/chairman of The Redford Center, a non-profit media entity that engages people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action. The Center’s film projects include Watershed, Fighting Goliath, and The Art of Activism.