Final Weekend of Film Festival is a wrap!

This weekend we had great attendance and participation at our two films – Countdown to Zero on Friday, Oct 1st and a sneak peak of Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America on Saturday, Oct 2nd.

Feedback from film attendees included “A provocative film in the making. Important issues!”, “debate was great!” and “Great film and panelists!”

One of our fabulous Fall 2010 interns, Geroline, attended Saturday’s night’s sneak peak of Cape Wind and had the following to say about the experience:

I thought Cape Wind was an extremely thought-provoking film. I came in thinking that it would be the usual, biased documentary that would use every minute to persuade me to support the construction of the wind farm in the Nantucket Sound. However, to my surprise, the film conveyed each of the opposing sides clearly. It pointed out extremely valid points that got me constantly swaying from one side to the other. I finally understood that there has been a reason why Cape Wind has been a brutal fight for 9 years. By the end of the film, my inner thoughts were in conflict, making me truly feel the drama of the Cape Wind issue. The Cape Wind panel further continued this inner debate of mine. The panel consisted of the co-producer of the film, a proponent and an opponent of the project. They clarified each side’s opinion even more, making it a heated debate. The discussion was so compelling that I wish there had been more time. I would highly recommend watching Cape Wind, no matter what your opinion on the environment and clean energy may be. Because I assure you, the film will make you think twice on your opinion!

That’s all we can ask for at our film festival – an expansion of perspectives and good discussion!   If you attended any of the films this year and have feedback to share, please comment below and send us your feedback at

Check out photos from this weekend’s films below.


UNA-GB Staff

Countdown to Zero photos:

Guntram Mueller, Board Member of Massachusetts Peace Action, and Dr. Jim Walsh, Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program, spoke in detail about the real threat of nuclear proliferation and what we can do about it during the Countdown to Zero panel.

Sneak Peak of Cape Wind: The Fight for the Future of Power in America photos:

Daniel Coffin, the Producer of Cape Wind; Richard Vietor, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School; and David G. Tuerck, Executive Director of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research at Suffolk University offered background and different perspectives on the Cape Wind controversy and legal/political battles.

Film Festival Committee member Wesley Grace probes the Cape Wind panelists on the divisive issue.

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