Revolution Green just might convince you the next energy revolution is centered in Kahului, Maui.
In 1996, Bob King was trying to remove flammable cooking waste from the Central Maui Landfill and became in his words, an "alchemist turning garbage into gold." A diesel mechanic, King converted the gunk into fuel, founded Pacific Biodiesel with his wife Kelly at a time when renewable energy still languished in the shadow of cheap oil, created the first biodiesel pumping station, and quite possibly entered American history.
Boosted by great production values, Revolution Green's portrait of the Kings and their biodiesel process is a crowd-pleaser, especially when Willie Nelson gets the biodiesel bug, and, in the film's most delightful sequence, fills up his Mercedes on Thanksgiving day with fuel made from the family turkey.
But the film's ambitions leap beyond our local heroes to a nationwide consideration of the history and the promise of agricultural fuel. As Revolution Green details in images and statistics the disastrous consequences of our country's fixation on Big Oil, it scatters jewels of hope throughout the sludge: the Kings start community-based biodiesel factories throughout the Mainland, Nelson sells it to truckers across the country and they bring aid to Katrina victims with biodiesel in their tanks.
Revolution Green is that rare film about America's energy crisis that suggest how, with a little bit of luck and a lot more Bob Kings and Willie Nelsons, we may just have a future.
– Written by Michael Stein for the Maui Film Festival
Many of the Maui festival’s films hit on hard topics that currently affect our world and our island. Find out how Pacific Biodeisel founder Bob King began his mission on Maui and created American history in Revolution
– Maui Weekly
“The Breckenridge Film Fest prides itself on being one of best festivals for the strength and variety of independent films that are featured. This year, the festival is highlighting several documentaries that will spur conversation and tug at the heartstrings including Revolution Green featuring” Willie Nelson.
– If Magazine