Revenge of the Electric Car plugs in for widespread release this fall

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.

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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 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

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