Produced and Directed by
and Lisa Merton
BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?
Building on the accepted science that climate change is real and caused by human activity, BURNED takes an unwavering look at the latest false solution to our vast energy appetite: the burning of trees to create electricity.
The issue- and character-driven documentary tells the story of how woody biomass has become the latest alternative-energy savior for the power-generation industry and of the people and parties who are both promoting and fighting its adoption and use.
Using cinema-verité style footage and interviews with experts, activists, and citizens from the US, EU, and UK, the film explores biomass energy and its impact on our changing climate. It interweaves the dynamics of forest ecology, power-industry practices, the escalating energy-policy disputes, and the actions of activists and citizens who are working to protect their own health, their communities, the forest, and the planet's unraveling climate.
Woven together, the various stories present an intimate and visceral account of what is at this moment in time a critical, yet somewhat unknown, national and international controversy.