The Electricity Fairy
Producer: Appalshop Films
Director and Editor: Tom Hansell
Length: 52 minutes
Release Date: August 1, 2010
The Electricity Fairy examines America's national addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. The documentary follows the controversy surrounding a coal-fired power plant in southwest Virginia’s mountains, connecting the local controversy to the national energy policy debate.
“The fight over the power plant in Wise County represents a larger struggle to define progress and development in American society as a whole.”-Dr. Ron Eller
Coal produces half of America’s electricity, according to the Federal Department of Energy. The energy policy currently before Congress identifies coal as a key to America’s "energy independence.” The Electricity Fairy is a documentary that examines America's national addiction to fossil fuels through the lens of electricity. Appalshop Filmmaker Tom Hansell 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. Present day documentary footage is remixed with old educational films, connecting past policy to America's current energy crisis.