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James Bond Parody Wins Solar Energy Film Contest

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An environmental group that organized a short film contest to promote solar energy got more than it bargained for.

Environment Minnesota hoped the $2,000 in prizes would attract a few good amateur and independent filmmakers. But the slickly produced winner announced this week came from a team of more than 50, many with extensive experience in the film industry. The James Bond parody “Man with the Golden Sun” cost way more to make than the $1,500 first prize. It runs under two minutes.

Environment Minnesota Director Ken Bradley says the winning team, Solar Hotdish, was motivated not by the money, but because it supports his group’s goal for Minnesota to get 10 percent of its energy from solar by 2030.

The winners can be viewed on Environment Minnesota’s web site.

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