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Documentary 'Switch' to screen April 3 in Woodland Theater

March 29, 2013

Switch logoAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a screening of the documentary "Switch" at 6 p.m. April 3 in Woodland Theater of Davies Center.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Geology Club and department of geology, in partnership with the university's Student Office of Sustainability.

According to the "Switch" website, the documentary's producers — filmmaker Harry Lynch and geologist Dr. Scott Tinker — set out to make a film about the gradual worldwide transition "from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow."

"But rather than advocate for how (that transition) should happen, 'Switch' travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen," the website states.

Tinker, the film's narrator, is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry doing research, exploration and development.

In "Switch," Tinker explores the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels — many highly restricted and never before seen on film. The documentary was filmed in 11 countries and at 27 world-leading energy sites; it includes interviews with renewable and fossil energy specialists, energy plant managers, leading energy experts in government and academia, and CEOs of international fossil and renewable energy companies.

"Switch" is "almost shocking in the way it sidesteps the kind of issue advocacy made by commonplace filmmakers Michael Moore, Davis Guggenheim and the like," wrote The Washington Post. "Lynch's film tries (and largely succeeds) in taking a scrupulously neutral tack between extremes."

The Journal of Petroleum Technology described "Switch" as "a film to bring family and friends to so all can gain the opportunity to see how broad and complex the issue of our energy future is — and how one can through some simple actions play a role in how that future unfolds."

For more information, contact Scott Wipperfurth at wippersa@uwec.edu or 608-370-2445.

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