AWE is a feature length HD documentary about Airborne Wind Energy, which is a steadily growing movement in the wind power industry that considers the potential role of kites and other forms of tethered aviation in the production of wind energy. Although Airborne Wind Energy is not a new concept, it is still not well known among average people. Through interviews, stock footage and vignettes, the filmmaker chronicles the history of this technology and introduces the audience to the leading thinkers in this movement.

Mothra1, a giant kite, was created by its designers to harness wind power. It is just one project being developed by designers committed to Airborne Wind Energy. The pioneers in the new industry assert that there is more wind to be harnessed in the as-of-yet untapped regions of the higher altitudes. Here, far above the reach of the giant turbines that now dot wind swept plains all across the world, the wind is stronger but cannot be reached by conventional turbines. Something as simple as a kite has the ability to harness energy. It is a liberating idea for people living off the grid, but has potential for the grid as well. More sophisticated forms of tethered aviation are being developed as we speak by renegade engineers at small firms and academic departments across the world, in a race to see who can bring thistechnology to a larger market. AWE tells this story.

AWE is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

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Chase Honaker

Chase Honaker is an independent writer, director, producer and editor based out of Austin, Texas. After graduating with a BA in Media Theatre Arts from Montana State University, Chase worked as a technical director for NBC Montana News Channel until he moved to Texas in 2010. In 2009 his short documentary Above Ground was awarded best documentary short at the Montana Tracy Awards. He helped form the music production company Guerilla Waltz in 2011, which has gone on to produce concert videos for performers such as Willie Nelson, Joe Satrian, Lyle Lovett and Asleep at the Wheel. In 2011 Chase directed the short documentary How Did We Get Here?, about the Bastrop wildfires, which helped raise funds and support for members of the art and music community who lost their homes and studios as a result of the fires.


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Special Screening: THE RETRIEVAL
Sun, 20 Apr 2014
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sun, 20 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Austin
Mon, 21 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Effects Make-Up 101
Sat, 26 Apr 2014
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Dallas
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Avant Cinema: WHAT'S THE USE?
Mon, 28 Apr 2014
7:30 PM - 9:10 PM

2014 AFS Grant Workshop - Houston
Tue, 29 Apr 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jewels in the Wasteland: FANNY AND ALEXANDER
Wed, 30 Apr 2014
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Essential Cinema: 8 1/2
Thu, 01 May 2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Austin Premiere: WHITEWASH with Thomas Haden Church and director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais in attendance
Fri, 02 May 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

- Canceled
Fri, 02 May 2014
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