Two Vermonters are looking to shine a light on the renewable energy debate in the state with their documentary “State of Green,” a crowdfunded film currently in production.
While growing up in Vermont, Eric Clifford fell in love with the environment, and eventually graduated from University of Vermont with a degree in environmental studies. His natural interest in renewable energy was the spark that started production of “State of Green” two years ago.
Eventually, Clifford teamed up with Stephen J. Maas, a filmmaker who created “Tin Can,” an independent sci-fi film with Clifford’s help a couple years prior.
The creators stressed that the goal of the film is not to convince people of a particular point of view, but to provide an objective look and contextualize the issues….
UPCOMING DOC STUDIES VT ENERGY DEBATE – By Jacqueline Cain, Milton Independent
A year after they went to Mars in “Tin Can,” local filmmakers Stephen J. Maas and Eric Clifford are examining our finite planet in a new feature.
In association with Intrinsic Films, the Milton-based company that produced last year’s sci-fi feature, their new film, “State of Green,” documents the renewable energy revolution happening in Vermont, Director Clifford said.
By “revolution,” he meant the comprehensive energy plan the state of Vermont adopted in 2011 – one of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s first-term goals – that calls for 90 percent of the state’s energy needs to be derived from renewable sources by 2050.
“No other state is even in that category of thinking,” Clifford said. “It’s easy to say it, but when you really look at what it means, it’s nothing short of a complete change in the way we’re getting our energy now … When you attach the human story behind that goal, it gets complicated.”
That’s where the “State of Green” story starts. Using the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell and two families with very different feelings about it as a thread, Clifford and Maas plan to explore alternative energy and its impacts on the land and the people who live on it.
“What we’re really trying to do is show how Vermont encapsulates the issues on any scale,” Maas said….
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