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  • National Archives Theater 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20408 United States (map)

Writer, Director, Producer and Editor: David Vassar
Academy Award Nominee | Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary | American Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary | San Francisco Int’l Film Festival

In 1978, the price of oil soared and domestic reserves plummeted resulting in long lines at gas stations. President Carter declared an 'energy crisis'. 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. It was an engineering story as well as a story of the American Spirit, but most of all it was a story about generating power from a renewable resource. In 1979, the Cutty Hunk windmill was the largest wind turbine ever constructed for the generation of electricity.

Considered lost for many years, in 2016 the film was lovingly restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This beautiful film restoration was on the big screen for the first time in decades.

Earlier Event: October 5
YOSEMITE: Headwaters of the Park Idea