So here I am in Houston, TX. Where it is hotter than the rest of the state, thanks to all the pavement, humidity, cars, etc, getting ready to go to the dinner where our wind film will be played. I spent a good portion of the morning making the drive from Houston to Austin with others from my work, and then spent another few hours making sure the screen was setup right. After I finished with that, someone snuck me a pass to the convention, and off I went.
When I walked in, I was greeted by nothing but booths adorned in wind energy paraphernalia. Large wind blades twirling near the top of the ceiling, large nacelles for people to walk in and look through. First, I visited the company we made the film for, Frontier Wind, to say hi to some of the people I had the good fortune of meeting during my travels for the movie. Then after a bit, I went around the conference (with a folder of blank releases) looking for people to chat up for my project.
I didn’t want to bother anyone that looked really busy with business, as there was a lot of that going on. I was told over the course of one year, the number of registrants went from the hundreds to the thousands. In fact, the dinner tonight had around 400 people last year, and 1100 people this year! So, I talked to and filmed about four people, two whom were human resources and were looking to find people to hire. I don’t really know if any of it will fit in to the short, but over the course of researching green collar jobs, I’ve found that this thing is so much larger than I could have imagined. You have activists like Van Jones in Oakland (whom I almost flew out to interview) fighting to make sure African Americans get a piece of the new Green Collar Jobs Workforce and help to improve their lives. You have the Apollo Alliance in San Francisco (who I almost went out to film too) fighting to make sure that this Green Economy/Jobs rhetoric becomes a reality and isn’t just political jargon. Then you have lobbyists (the good kind) in Washington, fighting to make sure that alternative energy tax credits/rebates are renewed, and hopefully more than what the current rate is now.
Side Note: I didn’t mean to write so much in this post, I’d been meaning to write a few post in between this and the last (first) post, but have just been so busy.
But realizing that there is so much to tell for the various forms of green alternative energy and green collar jobs, I really feel that there’s so much out there that could be weaved into a longer film, which is what I hope I can do some time in the extremely near future. But in regards to the short, I’ve got some animation cookin’, and I’ve got some old footage from the Dust Bowl and Great Depression era that’s going to be scanned to HD from the National Archives (which will end up in the sandbox for everyone to enjoy). I’ve got the footage from when we shot the wind farms and blade manufacturing from a few months ago, and when I get back to Austin tomorrow, I’ll be spending a good part of the day with the Texas Solar Power Company (visit here: http://www.txspc.com/). They’re actually the solar power installers for the first green Office Depot store in the country, a prototype store. Very cool stuff. There was more I was planning to write, but after the last sentence, I left for the conference dinner and just now got back. A great quote from one of tonights speakers, “The world is changing under our feet”, and with all the examples of wind power I’ve seen today, and Senator Barack Obama locking up the Democratic Nomination, I can’t think of any words more true at the moment.