CIFF Selects presents free screening of ‘The Atomic States of America’

Posted Jan. 25, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 25, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot Street, Unity, Maine

For more information: 207-948-7469;

Screening followed by Skype Q&A with director Don Argott

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.

The Atomic States of America 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.

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”, about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the evidence for serious health consequences documented by people living in Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. 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.


This free Environmental documentary film series is presented in partnership with CIFF Selects. Additional film screenings include “SunCome Up” and “Facing Climate Change” on Feb. 21, Chasing Ice on March 14 and King Corn on April 18.

The Camden International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers.

Free admission sponsored by the Unity College Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot St. in downtown Unity. For more information call 207-948-7469 or visit