Student group to offer film, discussion about electric cars


    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A University of Louisville student group that promotes sustainability will show an award-winning documentary Nov. 10 about electric cars, hybrids and the future of transportation, followed by a discussion of local air quality.

    “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” directed by Chris Paine and narrated by Martin Sheen, will be shown at 7 p.m. in UofL’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

    The 92-minute movie explores how the auto and oil industries resisted developing electric cars in the 1980s even though they were shown to be viable. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, the film was nominated for best documentary of the year by the Writer’s Guild, Broadcast Critics Awards and Environmental Media Awards.

    After the film, Matt Stull of Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District will lead a discussion on local air quality and emissions. The discussion also will include members of Rubbertown Emergency Action (REACT), a group formed in 2003 by people who live near Louisville’s chemical plants.

    The film and discussion are both free and open to the public.

    Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions (GRASS), a UofL student organization, is sponsoring the event. The group has shown two other films about sustainability this year at the planetarium, “FLOW: For the Love of Water” and “Mountain Top Removal.”

    For more details, call Kaycee Stone at 812-989-2479 or see