Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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In some rural communities, arguments are brewing. Energy companies are renting and buying space to erect 40-story windmills to generate electricity. It seems like an easy financial windfall for some — get paid for doing nothing. But there are concerns: how do the machines affect wildlife, and the quality of human life? And is the equation fair to the townspeople?

The documentary Windfall, which premieres soon at the Toronto Film Festival, looks at the impact windmills had on a small town of Meredith, New York, where first-time director Laura Israel was a resident. There are two trailers available for the film, and the latest one is really striking in the way it puts together images of the town cowering under the windmills. It’s pure energy infrastructure horror. Read More »