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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Revenge of the Electric Car

In his 2006 documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car, writer/director Chris Paine investigated the birth and death of electric car technology, and the roles assorted players, including the automotive and oil industries among others, played in its demise. Now, in 2011, Paine has returned, and so has the electric car.
September 26, 2011


REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR

Partners: Directed by Chris Paine for WestMidWest Productions, distributed by ro*co international, Area23a (theatrical, U.S.)

Length: 1 x 60 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes

Premiered: April 2011 (Tribeca)

Rights: All rights outside of Canada and the U.S.

In his 2006 documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car, writer/director Chris Paine investigated the birth and death of electric car technology, and the roles assorted players, including the automotive and oil industries among others, played in its demise.

Now, in 2011, Paine has returned, and so has the electric car. The new doc follows four different manufacturers, ranging from GM and Nissan to start-up Tesla Motors, as they attempt to revive the concept of the electric car while the world reels from recession. The film’s drama partly stems from the question of who will get to the finish line first… if ever.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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