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Friends of Maine Mountains to screen ‘Windfall’ documentary in Dixfield 

Credit:  By Terry Karkos, Staff Writer, Sun Journal, www.sunjournal.com 22 February 2012 ~~


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DIXFIELD – Friends of Maine Mountains will host a screening of Laura Israel’s new feature-length documentary “Windfall” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Dirigo High School.

According to the movie’s website, it’s about residents of a small town in upstate New York dealing with a 40-turbine wind farm and its impacts.

“We’ve got the thing scheduled at a whole bunch of places in the state,” Chris O’Neil, president of Friends of Maine Mountains, said early Tuesday evening.

Additional Western Maine screenings include:

* 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Begin Family Community Room at Carrabassett Community Library, 3209 Carrabassett Drive No. 3, in Carrabassett Valley.

* 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the New Portland Community Room on River Road adjacent to the firehouse in New Portland.

* 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Lecture Hall of the Kirk Hall Building at Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner St. in Auburn.

* 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Lincoln Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington, 111 South St. in Farmington.

To date, O’Neil said Friends has received a good response from people who’ve attended screenings.

“I think people watch the movie and go, ‘Wow, it’s real,’” O’Neil said. “And I think the overriding sensation is, ‘Wow, that could be right here in Maine.’”

He spoke highly of the movie’s “stunning imagery.”

“And the photography in it, it is just stunning of the landscape and everything,” he said.

“It’s in an upstate New York community and it really could be someplace in the River Valley. It’s a pretty cool story,” O’Neil said.

“I like it. And frankly, it’s not like bashing wind or anything that’s rabid. It shows the real struggles that are happening that a lot of people around here know about.”

Source:  By Terry Karkos, Staff Writer, Sun Journal, www.sunjournal.com 22 February 2012

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