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. Today, however, in the face of a crisis that requires capturing new market share, the industry has its sights on the transportation sector. This shift could catalyze the electric vehicle industry but also sets it on a collision course with major petroleum interests. This new film by the American Resilience Project, along with associated media, educational materials, and an advocacy campaign, tackles the challenge of modernizing the power grid. Through interviews, observational, and archival footage with top executives, military personnel, utilities workers, and elected officials, 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.
Post-screening discussion feat. Roger Sorkin (Director), Leilani Munter (Film Subject/Race Car Driver/Environmental Activist), and John Kliem (Film Subject/Executive Director of the U.S. Navy’s Resilient Energy Program’s Office)