Most movies about clean energy sources such as wind power are documentaries that put the technology front and center. That is one reason why NYC-based Last Ditch Pictures’ 2011 feature film “Turbine” is so intriguing. Brother and sister Isaak and Eva James have directed a film that, despite its title, uses the booming wind industry of rural Missouri as mostly a cinematic backdrop and subplot for the larger erotic and dark drama unfolding between a couple who has relocated from New York City to Missouri so Nick (played by James) can pursue a career in wind energy.
It is interesting the filmmakers chose Missouri as opposed to states with larger wind generating capacity such as Texas and Colorado. But a 2009 story on the New York Times’ Green blog reveals that in the second quarter of that year Missouri’s wind power capacity increased 90%. The American Wind Energy Association provides an online fact sheet on Missouri that shows that all the wind projects are clustered in three counties in the northwestern part of the state but that there are wind energy manufacturing facilities spread out across the Show Me State.
“Turbine” recently nabbed the Spirits Independents Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and screened at the St. Louis International Film Festival.