The Atomic States of America
Based on Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, the documentary film The Atomic States of America tracks reactor communities across the country and the dire health consequences that follow. Acutely topical--given the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan--the film 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. Firsthand narratives from people connected to the nuclear industry blend with the behind-the-scenes debacle of maintaining legitimate regulation. The film premiered January 23 at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is making the festival circuit--look for a showing near you!
Directors: Don Argott & Sheena Joyce, 9.14 Pictures
"The docu presents both sides of the issue but can't avoid the conclusion that, when it comes to reactors, money trumps safety."
--Variety (full review here)
"Featuring an array of scientists, locals, government leaders and Alec Baldwin at his salivating best, The Atomic States of America calls attention to the potential for nuclear disaster..."
--Hollywood Reporter (full review here)