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Filmmaker Chris Paine

The Winter 2010 Sustainability Fair at UMD, featuring Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car? and the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car, will be held November 29-30 on the UMD campus. Join UMD students, faculty, staff, and community members in exploring the topic of sustainability in business.

Chris Paine, director of Who Killed the Electric Car? will kick-off the fair at 11 am in Kirby Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 30 with a talk titled “Science, Change and the Art of Storytelling," that will venture through the business, environmental, and societal impacts of electric cars. Chris' talk guides the audience through the politics, personalities, and cold hard cash reasons for return of the electric car.

He shares the story of his role as the filmmaker who caught GM and others destroying thousands of this "disruptive technology" in 2003. Seven years later, he's documenting the incredible return of electric cars for his 2011 documentary Revenge of the Electric Car. Chris will also include a preview of the upcoming documentary release Revenge of the Electric Car.

The Sustainability Fair continues in the afternoon, filled with panels and presentations in the UMD Kirby Lounge. Learn how Duluth businesses are working on sustainability at 1pm. At 2 pm, Mindy Granley, UMD Campus Sustainability Coordinator, will discuss what sustainability means to UMD’s bottom line. Stay for an encore showing of Who Killed the Electric Car? at 3 pm. In addition, local businesses will be tabling all day throughout the Kirby concourse.

About Chris Paine

Chris Paine is the writer/director of Who Killed the Electric Car? The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its release by Sony Pictures to become one of the most successful documentaries of the last ten years. His next documentary is Revenge of the Electric Car due in 2011.

Previously, Chris executive produced the motorcycle racing film Faster with Ewan McGregor and No Maps For These Territories about cyberpunk author William Gibson. On the entrepreneurial front, Chris co-founded Internet Outfitters, an early player on the web and Mondo-tronics a materials provider for the Mars Pathfinder mission.

Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and he updates his facebook page for those interested in his work.

Chris graduated from Colgate University in New York and was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Labovitz School of Business and Economics, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering, Facilities Management, UMD Facilities Management, UMD Art Department, Viz Lab, UMD Geography, Environmental Studies, UMD GIS Lab, Center for Sustainable Community Development, and UMD Sustainability. Partial funding also provided by the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon Program.

Winter 2010 Sustainability Fair Schedule

Monday, November 29
7 pm "How many light bulbs does it take to plug in an electric car?," Chris Paine, Weber Music Hall. Campus and community invited.

Tuesday, November 30
11 am "Science, Change and the Art of Storytelling"- Chris Paine lecture in the Kirby Ballroom, campus invited to learn the business, environmental, and societal impacts of the electric car.
12-4 pm Local businesses/non-profits table outside the Kirby Bookstore
1 pm Panel: Sustainability in Local Businesses, hosted by the UMD Economics Club, Kirby Lounge
2 pm Sustainability at UMD: Good for our bottom line? Mindy Granley, Kirby Lounge
3 pm Encore showing of Who Killed the Electric Car?, Kirby Lounge

Written by Cheryl Reitan

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