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Wednesday
Jun062012

"Atomic States of America" documentary screening at film festivals

9.14 Picture's "The Atomic States of America," a documentary film about nuclear power in the U.S. and beyond, is touring film festivals, such as the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey, "home" of Oyster Creek, the oldest operating atomic reactor in the country, and only 50 miles from Entergy Nuclear's Indian Point twin reactors near New York City.

Earlier this year, it was featured at Sundance, leading to a Democracy Now! interview by host Amy Goodman of filmmaker Sheena Joyce, as well as writer Kelly McMasters. McMasters' book, Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, originally inspired the filmmakers. The Democracy Now! interview shows excerpts featuring the work of Eric Epstein of Three Mile Island Alert. Here is the description posted at the "Atomic States of America's" Facebook page:

"In 2010, the United States announced the first new nuclear power plant construction in over 32 years. The “Nuclear Renaissance” was born, and America's long-stalled expansion of nuclear energy was infused with new life. 

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan and caused chaos at the Fukushima Dai'ichi Power Plant. The accident in Japan sent ripples all the way to the US, and suddenly the fierce debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power was back in the public consciousness. 

The new documentary from Sheena Joyce and Don Argott, THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA, takes the viewer on a journey to reactor communities around the country, and seeks to explore the truths and myths of nuclear power. From the gates of Three Mile Island, to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL, this film introduces the viewer to people who have been on the front lines of this issue for decades. Begun more than a year before the disaster in Japan, the deeply investigated documentary gains a unique before and after perspective, and includes interviews with: Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, community advocates, investigative journalists, renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, and former government leaders. As the nation stands at the crossroads of the Nuclear Renaissance, The Atomic States of America seeks to inspire an honest dialog about whether or not man can responsibly split the atom."

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