Portola Valley native Chris Paine returns as director of second film on the electric car

Portola Valley native Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car," a harsh documentary analysis of the automotive industry's connection to fossil fuels, is back with a follow-up: "Revenge of the Electric Car," which opens Friday, Nov. 4, at the Aquarius theater at 430 Emerson St. in Palo Alto.

There are other local angles: the film features Tesla, Palo Alto-based manufacturer of all-electric cars with a showroom in Menlo Park, and Elon Musk, a Tesla co-founder, and Tesla co-founder Martin Eberhard, who lives in Woodside.

The Menlo Park showroom makes an appearance in the film in several behind-closed-doors scenes, Mr. Paine said.

Mr. Paine will be at the Aquarius theater on Saturday, Nov. 5, for the 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. shows, according to an online schedule.

Mr. Paine, who has lived in Los Angeles for 20 years, is the son of environmental activists Ward Paine, co-founder of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, and Mary Pearson Paine, co-founder of the science education advocacy group Environmental Volunteers, which has offices in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Along with Tesla, the film looks at the people associated with the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the subculture of converting fossil fueled vehicles to electric power.

Chris Paine said in an email that his schools as a kid were Selby Lane School in Atherton, Trinity Parish School (now Philips Brooks School) in Menlo Park, and Menlo School in Atherton, where he graduated in 1979.

"I grew up on the Peninsula and loved it," he said. He delivered newspapers in Atherton and Redwood City and made Super8 films with his friend Roger Gilbertson, who worked on both documentaries and co-founded Mondo-tronics, a robotics parts supplier in Cupertino that became The Robot Store, which was acquired, and that provided nickel titanium wire for a NASA expedition to Mars.

After college at Colgate and the New York University film school, Mr. Paine studied documentary filmmaking in a summer program at Stanford University and interned at HP and Pixar Animation Studios.

"Documentaries last in theaters about 10 seconds" without studios to support and promote them, Mr. Paine noted in his email."Local support and word of mouth is everything to make these films work."


Posted by Suzan Webster, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

There is amazing GREEN documentary festival running on , it will amaze you, inspire you and move you when you realize what is happening to our environment as a whole , and how we humans are increasing our own footprints, destroying the planet and not realizing that we have become unconscious consumptive animals. We need to change.

Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

Paine is a talented director and has a hard hitting attack done with style and tongue in cheek about how we are destroying the environment and the answer being in $100,000.00 electric cars while the Chevy and the Nissan electric are already taking orders.
My main question is mostly about how all of these vehicles did in crash tests and how much damage is done to this engine and the costs of the repairs (if they will be covered by insurance and if so, what it will do for average consumers)
Anyone know?

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

according to this, at least two of them did very well in crash tests:

Web Link

Posted by R.Gordon, a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm

And our local Peninsula TESLA? I also wonder if Fox News will cover that event when it happens.....or if they are willing to ruin some of their display models.

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