William and the Windmill

Saturday Oct 5th

Film Screening: William and the Windmill

Studio 105, Sunset Center, Carmel
Part of the CSUMB Monterey Bay Film Society Screening Series. Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ben Nabors. Details below.

Free Seating limited to first 100 people.

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William and the Windmill is a documentary about fourteen-year-old Malawian William Kamkwamba teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk parts, successfully rescuing his family from poverty and famine. He becomes an energy icon for the developing world and meets American entrepreneur and mentor Tom Reilly, who helps him imagine a new future. Directed by Ben Nabors, this film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival.

About the Filmmaker:

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 3.00.30 PMBen Nabors is a documentary filmmaker living in Brooklyn. He has received filmmaking grants from Participant Pictures, The Tribeca Institute, The Fledgling Fund, and the True/False Film Festival. In 2010, he founded {group theory}, a collaboration-driven production studio that creates documentaries, short narratives, and cartoons. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named him one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

Current projects include WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL, a feature length documentary about William Kamkwamba, a young windmill inventor from Malawi (which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2013), The Happy Film, a feature length documentary about graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and his pursuit of happiness, and a feature documentary about the making of the Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”.

Nabors co-wrote and produced Palimpsest, the narrative short that won a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013. Photo credit to Henry Hargreaves


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William Kamkwamba scales “The Green Machine”, a windmill that both generates electricity and pumps water, to make minor adjustments to his invention.

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William Kamkwamba looks out over the New York City skyline shortly after his first arrival to the United States. He is invited the States by his mentor Tom Rielly.

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With no power drill available, William Kamkwamba heats a nail in a pot of hot coals to drive holes into his homemade windmill turbine. Corn cobs serve as handles to prevent from burning his palms.

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The Kamkwamba Family compound in Kasungu Province, Malawi. William’s windmills tower over the landscape and corn grows out-of-season in the foreground, a result of irrigation that stemmed from William’s invention and his American supporters.

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William studies late in to the night at the prestigious African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, a prep school for future leaders of the continent. Following his media popularity, William secures a spot in the school’s inaugural class.

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William works atop an early model of his windmill, installing the bicycle dynamo.