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Electricity Fairy Lights Up Finale of Film Festival

Apr 14
7:30 PM

Tom Hansell, Director

Meet the Filmmaker Reception

Gainesville State College Continuing Education Building – Room CE108

Tickets (includes reception):
$7 Adults;
$5 Students/Seniors

Series Tickets:
$38 for 6-Film Series

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The Arts Council, Inc. and Gainesville State College present “The Electricity Fairy” with Director Tom Hansell as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Gainesville State College Continuing Education Building – Room CE108 on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Meet the Filmmaker:
Following a screening of his feature film, “The Electricity Fairy,” Tom Hansell and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker. A reception with the filmmaker will be provided by The Holbrook of Lake Lanier Catering Services.

“The Electricity Fairy” is a documentary that examines America’s national addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. The film follows the story of a proposed coal-fired power plant in the mountains of southwest Virginia, connecting the local controversy to the national debate over energy policy. Coal produces half of America’s electricity, and the energy policy currently before Congress identifies coal as a key to America’s “energy independence.” Present-day documentary footage is remixed with early educational films, connecting past policy to America’s current energy crisis.

About the Filmmaker:
Thomas S. Hansell is a documentary filmmaker and installation artist who lives and works in Appalachia.  He teaches Appalachian Studies and Documentary Studies at Appalachian State University and has 20 years of experience at Appalshop.  He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. This most recent documentary project premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010.


“This film, more than any of the earlier films about coal, shows how citizens, activists, politicians, and industry people played their roles in the current energy debate. I think that many people should see this film as a place to START their own discussion about America’s energy future.” —Steve Fesenmaier, The Charleston Gazette

“Electricity Fairy is terrific!”
Sally Berger, film curator, Museum of Modern Art

“The fight over the power plant in Wise County, Virginia represents a larger struggle to define progress and development in American society as a whole.”
—Dr. Ron Eller, Historian, University of Kentucky

“I can’t imagine a more timely film, timely for everyone who lives, who breathes in Appalachia and beyond. Hansell capably shows that all of Appalachia is the front line for our country’s addiction to electricity, whether its in the coal mines of central Appalachia or the massive generating plants in the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. This is a must see film.” —Dr. Chad Berry, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center, Berea College.
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The Electricity Fairy
Producer: Appalshop Films
Director and Editor: Tom Hansell
Length: 52 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: August 1, 2010


Independent Filmmakers Series Corporate Sponsors:

The Holbrook of Lake Lanier

The 2010-2011 Southern Circuit is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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