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Revenge of the Electric Car got its official premiere this past Earth Day at the 2011 Tribeca International Film Festival but most of the country has not had the opportunity to see the movie. This is about to change. The filmmaking team announced today that Revenge will be shown across the U.S. starting this fall. It won't be a totally traditional release – fans can still request the movie through the official website and the cities with the most requests will get screenings – and the official press release (available after the jump) promises a "combination of major metropolitan area theatrical runs and special event screenings." The film will be distributed by WestMidWest Productions (which produced the film) and Area23a. The two organizations will also be working with groups like the Sierra Club and the Electric Drive Transportation Association to screen the movie.
As most readers probably already know, Revenge tells the tale of the auto industry and electric cars and kind of picks up where director Chris Paine's previous film, Who Killed the Electric Car?, left off. This time, instead of wondering why we don't have mass-market EVs, the movie shows how electric cars made their return to the world.

[Source: Revenge Of The Electric Car]

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JUNE 22, 2011 –SILVER SPRING, MD – Stefano Durdic, Executive Producer, of WestMidWest Productions and Kirt Eftekhar, co-founder with Richard Abramowitz of Area23a, have announced a partnership for a hybrid theatrical release of the documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car. Through a combination of major metropolitan area theatrical runs and special event screenings, the film will open across the country in the fall of 2011. The film had its world premiere on Earth Day at the 2011 Tribeca International Film Festival, where it garnered strong reviews, and will close the 2011 Silverdocs, the premiere documentary film festival in the US.

Filmmaker Chris Paine commented, "We're very excited to announce our partnership with Area23a for our theatrical release at Silverdocs. Area23a has a strong team that understands the changing distribution model for documentaries. 2011 marks the return of the electric car to the world and I'm happy 'Revenge' will be able to bring that story to people this fall."

"We are thrilled to be working with Chris Paine on Revenge of the Electric Car and to have the opportunity to connect and inspire audiences across America with this fascinating film," said Kirt Eftekhar, Co-founder of Area 23a. "Revenge of the Electric Car provides communities with a one-of-kind platform to discuss how they can benefit from the use of electric cars and alleviate dependency on foreign oil."

As part of the non-traditional release, potential audiences can visit http://www.revengeoftheelectriccar.com/see-the-film.html to request the film in their market. The markets with the most votes will get the film first. In addition, Revenge of the Electric Car has partnered with Sierra Club, Electric Drive Transportation Association and a number of other corporate and non-profit organizations to help promote the film.

Directed by Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car, 2006), Revenge of the Electric Car tracks the race to be first in big business. Behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and Tesla Motors, the film has unprecedented access to the teams that led the global resurgence of the electric car, following these major players as they race to be the first and the best, and to win over the public.

A WestMidWest Production, Revenge of the Electric Car was co-written by Paine and P.G. Morgan and produced by Morgan and Jessie Deeter, Stefano Durdic is Executive Producer. Chris A. Peterson edited the film and Thaddeus Wadleigh served as Director of Photography, with additional photography by Haskell Wexler, A.S.C.

Area23a is a bi-coastal, independently owned "event" based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution guru Richard Abramowitz (Anvil, Exit Through The Gift Shop) and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in libraries, museums, community centers, and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a has distributed award-winning films such as Bill Guttentag's Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson's Best Worst Movie, and Gerardine Wurzburg's Wretches and Jabberers. For more information, visit www.area23a.com



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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah I'm not a huge fan of screening it in tribeca calling it a world premiere and then stalling forever for everyone else. I don't know how stuff like this works but I'd think you could arrange cinema showings with the few cinemas that would want to show this kind of film a few days after tribeca and then DVD/bluray a month later. the whole thing where you have to beg on their site for them to show it to you and then maybe if you're lucky you get to see it a year later... not cool and the longer it takes the less relevant it gets. not that much is happening in EV world but it might
        Guillaume Séguin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Agree on that one, the EV world is moving quite fast, and I'm feeling that when I can get my hand on this movie on this side of the pond, I'll see an outdated movie...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This movie lacks the "villian" of the first and wont be as fun for viewers without all the conspiracy. Its boring, that is why it is not in a faster release track, it didnt do well at Tribecca. Its just not entertaining regardless of the importance of the subject matter. It should probably just go directly to DVD/BlueRay
        • 3 Years Ago
        The problem with Electric cars has been that the topic has no dramatic flair. If the movie CARS had been about the poor little EV1, anxiously running from GM fat-arsed goons, ripped from the arms of loving drivers (even those who had them for only 6 months in Mass.), it would have been more dramatic.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The "villain" has become the hero - the director Mr. Paine now drives a GM Volt. "I’ve become a bigger advocate of the Volt even as an EV purist.”
          • 3 Years Ago
          That's one of the problems; the VOLT-hoax is not an "extended range electric car", as Lutz promised for so many months; it's just another plug-in Prius clone. And with Lithium batteries, not much range. If the VOLT-hoax had 30 kWh of NiMH batteries, it would have 120 miles all-electric range, and then a small (18 kW or 25 hp) genset for longer-distance runs. But it runs like a Prius, with high wear on the small battery pack; that's why you pay for 16 kWh of Lithium batteries but only can access 8 kWh, and why it probably won't even last 100K miles (Rav4-EV running on the same NiMH batteries have over 100K miles).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Here is a WSJ review : (I still want to see it) http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/04/15/review-revenge-of-the-electric-car/
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly, I've seen more marketing and advertising for Mr. Popper's Penguins than I have for this movie. Ugh....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just in time for Tesla to stop taking orders . . .
      • 3 Years Ago
      When is the DVD coming out? There isn't enough interest for anything to come to my town.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Any movie about EVs that makes a hero out of Bob Lutz has got to be boring.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll be looking forward to watching this...on the interwebs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sadly, I've seen more marketing and advertising for Mr. Popper's Penguins than I have for this movie. Ugh....
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