Friday, November 18, 2011

SBU to screen ‘Windfall’ – a documentary on the benefits and concerns of wind power

The Franciscan Center for Social Concern and Clare College at St. Bonaventure University will host the feature-length film “Windfall,” directed and produced by Laura Israel, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building.

According to the film’s website, wind power is sustainable; it burns no fossil fuels and produces no air pollution. What’s more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil. That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own — that of 40 industrial wind turbines.

“Windfall” documents how this proposal divides Meredith’s residents, as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, the townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot-high windmills slated for Meredith would bring to their community.

“Windfall” looks at both sides of wind energy development.

All are welcome and there is no cost to attend the screening.

For additional information, please contact Sr. Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern, at (716) 375-2358 or

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