Initiated in Spring 2010, Unplugged: Reconnecting American Energy Policy With Reality attempts to document the growing divide between the realities of American energy and the mainstream coverage of energy issues.

By listening to a variety of voices – consumers, energy experts, environmentalists, regulatory analysts, and those who make the electricity we consume every day – the project tries to answer a question fundamental to our shared future: How should we power America? And what will it cost regular people?

From rural Alabama to Vancouver, British Columbia, to the halls of Congress, Executive Producer, Lance Brown, Director, Cameron Cardwell, and Associate Producer, Josh Veazey, reveal a nation facing critical decisions about how to keep America’s lights burning.

In the end, they allow policy makers a glimpse into perspectives that are often left undocumented by mainstream media and conclude that the U.S. doesn’t face an energy crisis; it faces a political crisis.


Executive Producer: Lance Brown

Lance BrownExecutive Director of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE), Lance Brown is fighting for national energy policies that are fair and sensible. In 2009, Brown organized more than twenty Southeastern organizations to form a coalition to change the national dialogue about energy policy. Brown now regularly presents to community and civic organizations, appears as a subject matter expert on energy policy with the media, and publishes a regular column in The National Journal. Recently, he served on a consumer board for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

As part of PACE’s efforts to educate American consumers and policy makers about current energy issues, Brown served as Executive Producer of Unplugged: Reconnecting American Energy Policy with Reality.

A native of Selma, Alabama, he is a Harry S. Truman Scholar who has remained active in Southeastern politics. He received a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Public Administration from Auburn University Montgomery.

Director: Cameron Cardwell

Director/Editor, Cameron Cardwell has been in the motion picture business since 1990. Cardwell was the director/editor of Collimation, Inc. until 2005, when he partnered with his sister Laura Cardwell and together they now own and operate Gale Force Production in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cardwell has worked his way up the production food chain from grip, field audio, and eventually directing and editing his own projects.

Cardwell’s range of production varies from commercial and corporate ID projects but his real passion is documentary projects. He is currently directing and editing a documentary on the potential effect of national energy policy on America’s working families and businesses.

Cardwell lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Ivy, daughter Fredda and son Henry.


Associate Producer: Josh Veazey

Josh VeazeyJosh graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunication and film.

He makes independent short films in the Montgomery and Birmingham areas.

Sound Production: David Smith

A lifelong fan of stories, television, and film, David Smith has made a career as an artist and technician. In college, he studied Mass Communications and Photography (the film days) and now makes television commercials and documentaries (the digital days).

Along with music, travel, cooking, and other pursuits, he develops concepts and designs for amusement park dark rides. He often is found spending his evenings on the porch with his girlfriend, a journal and pen, and a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Mali.