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The Atomic States of America (film screening) 1/12
January 14, 2016 @ 1:39 pm EST
CRS FILM+VIDEO SHOW & TELL invites you to join Shut Down Indian Point Now activist Chris Williams to screen the anti-nuclear documentary “THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA” on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 7 pm.
“The Atomic States of America,” by filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce of 9.14 Pictures, journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power, and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.
Tickets are $10 and are available at CRS and online here.
In 2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in 32 years, heralding a “Nuclear Renaissance.” But that was before the Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power.
From the gates of Three Mile Island, to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL, the film introduces people who have been on the front lines of this issue for decades: community advocates, investigative journalists, renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors, and former government leaders.
Based in part on Kelly McMasters’ book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the health consequences documented by people living in Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. Shirley, Long Island, has been plagued for decades by leaks of toxic nuclear and chemical waste from the National Lab into the aquifer from which the residents unknowingly drew their well water. Their concerns call into question who can be trusted to provide truthful information, and how much influence the nuclear industry has over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its decisions.
As the nation stands at the crossroads of a possible Nuclear Renaissance, The Atomic States of America inspires informed discussion on the safety, viability and future of nuclear power in the United States.
Guest speaker Chris Williams is a longtime environmental activist who teaches courses in physics and energy and the environment at Pace University in the dept. of chemical and physical science. He is author of the 2010 book Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis. Science dept. chair at Packer Collegiate Institute.
View the trailer:
“In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan,The Atomic States of America casts a timely inquiry into the viability of nuclear energy.”
“A stimulating, well-made piece. A sobering documentary about the dangers of nuclear reactors and a downsized Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”
“Reasoned and worth engaging… The film builds a convincing statistical case about cancer and nukes.”
“Potent, emotionally powerful, and highly revealing, … does an outstanding job of opening our eyes to the reality of nuclear power. Acutely topical….The Atomic States of America convincingly encapsulates both the history of this allegedly clean source of energy and our collective denial of a potentially looming disaster at our aging sites.”
-Sundance Film Festival
“Exceptionally artistic in its storytelling and vision.”
-Bradford Pearson, Frontrow.com
AWARDS & SCREENINGS
Screened at Sundance Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Dallas International Film Festival
Independent Film Festival Boston
Philadelphia Film Festival
Montclair Film Festival
Southside Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival