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Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle is the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic tale of the battle over America’s largest clean energy project. When energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed putting 130 wind turbines in fabled Nantucket Sound, he had no idea that a firestorm would erupt. Cape Spin! tells the incredible tale of how America’s first proposed offshore wind farm triggered a schism in this idyllic coastal region, pitting neighbor against neighbor and environmentalist against environmentalist.  Revealing the root causes of their furor, the filmmakers enjoyed unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the key players on both sides of the controversy. The tale frames the battle over Nantucket Sound as a microcosm of America’s struggle towards energy sustainability. After 10 years, $70 million and 8,000 pages of analysis the Federal Government approved the wind farm project on April 28, 2010. But the controversy continues. Five years in the making, Cape Spin! “proves that environmental films can be seriously funny crowd pleasers and about much more than just the environment.”

7pm film, followed by q&a with director john kirby, producer libby handros and members of URI’s coastal resources center: jennifer mccann, u.s. program director and extension leader from uri’s coastal resource center/rhode island sea grant college program and grover fugate, executive director of the rhode island coastal management council. $5 student discount with ID can be purchased at the door.

Run time: USA / 90 min
Directors: John Kirby, Robbie Gemmel
Cape Spin! An American power struggle
This is a past event

SPIN is a good yarn.

The Boston Globe

Does a great job of showing the comical side of this fight.

The Huffington Post

A dizzying look into the deceptive world of political activism.

The Boston Phoenix

One of the most notable films to emerge from the IDFA.

The Hollywood Reporter

Sober, lighthearted and even wacky.

The Associated Press

Thought provoking, almost surreal.

The New York Green Advocate


The Boston Phoenix

The film is exasperatingly funny.