Roger Sorkin, Nate Birnbaum | 2018 | 37 min.
For decades, the utilities industry has been a driving engine of the U.S. economy, contributing significantly to our progress and standard of living with a business model that focused on centralized generation. But now, because of reduced demand from a number of factors, including more efficient energy systems, power companies face a crisis that requires them to capture new market share to survive in the 21st century. The industry has its sights on the transportation sector, which means a chance to catalyze the electric vehicle industry, but which also sets it on a collision course with major petroleum interests. And with the need for a smart, cybersecure grid, the tech and defense industries also have critical roles to play.
Through interviews, observational and archival footage with top executives, military personnel, utilities workers, elected officials, and others – from substations to gas stations, boardrooms to military bases — the film tells the story of a towering American industry on the brink of massive change. Whether it fails, prevails or adapts, the outcome will profoundly affect us all.
|November 2, 2019||South Portland||ME||Abromson Center; USM|
|September 26, 2019||Miles City||MT||Montana Theater|
|September 21, 2019||Billings||MT||Babcock Theater|
|September 7, 2019||Alexandria||LA||Alexandria Convention Hall|
|September 6, 2019||Mineral Point||WI||Mineral Point Opera House|
|August 3, 2019||Columbus||GA (Saturday Late Afternoon)||Columbus State Riverside Theatre|