REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR
Monday, October 17 , 2011
Followed by talk/Q&A with
Chris Paine, director, Revenge of the Electric Car
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In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 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, the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors, and an independent car converter named Greg “Gadget” Abbott to find the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of automobiles is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.
With almost every major car maker now jumping to produce new electric models, Revenge of the Electric Car follows the race to be the first, the best, and to win the hearts and minds of the public around the world. We watch as these cars are developed from a concept into a working product, and see the car makers themselves struggle with the economy, the press, each other, and the car buying public.
Chris Paine is the co-writer and director of Revenge of the Electric Car (2011). His prior work includes the feature documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) released by Sony to become one of the most successful documentaries of recent times. Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now, and Science Friday on NPR. He's spoken nationally at venues including Brown, Stanford, Princeton, and the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice. His film projects as executive producer include Mark Neale's "Charge!", "Faster!" and "No Maps for These Territories." Chris was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Colgate University in New York. In the wake of the BP disaster in 2010, he co-founded the counter-spin site, counterspill.com. Chris supports the work of the Rainforest Action Network, Impro Theater, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and everyone helping to reduce the use of gasoline.