WMEAC Film Series Launches in Partnership with Wealthy Theatre
West Michigan Premiere of Revenge of the Electric Car January 11
DESCRIPTION: By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back… with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. Narrated by Tim Robbins, and from the director of Who Killed the Electric Car?, the film goes behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors and an independent car converter to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars, following the race to be the first and the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line, it’s the future of the automobile itself.
GRAND RAPIDS – January 5, 2012 – West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Wealthy Theatre will host the West Michigan premiere of the Revenge of the Electric Car on Wednesday, January 11 at 7 pm at the theatre in Grand Rapids.
Revenge is the highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Who Killed the Electric Car, which documented how a decade ago thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them, due largely to political pressure to protect the interests of the gasoline engine. Today, less than five years later, the electric car is back… with a vengeance.
In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. As the filmmakers explain, Revenge follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. It’s not just the next generation of green cars that’s on the line. It’s the future of the automobile itself.
The film is the first installment of the WMEAC Film Series, the first season of which will run from January to May. Other documentaries in the series include Blue Gold, Dirt and No Impact Man. Rounding out the initial season is the animated classic FernGully, a special Earth Month presentation.
“The goal is to make these events more than just a movie, but something to engage audiences and inspire them to action,” said Jen Shaneberger, chair of the WMEAC Events Committee which organized the series. “In addition to every film, there will be a local business, organization or activist that will facilitate either a discussion or activity.”
The series is also presented in partnership with the Wealthy Theatre Centennial Capital Campaign, an effort to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint and enhance existing technologies, ensuring its sustainability for decades to come.
The presentation will be followed by an informal panel of local dealer representatives, manufacturer representatives, environmental experts and owners of the new vehicle, who will be available to answer questions related to the film and share their own experiences.
Electric car models will also be on display outside of the theatre. Tickets for the event are $5. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film starts at 7 pm.