Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will speak at a “Sneak Preview” benefit screening of POWER STRUGGLE, a new 104-minute feature-length documentary film, which chronicles the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, at the Latchis Theater on Thursday, November 3, at 7pm.
Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to take-on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.
The 104-minute film, slated for national broadcast by HBO, captures engaging perspectives on all sides of the story, including Governor Shumlin, nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Vernon’s State Representative Mike Hebert and other elected officials, former Entergy Corporation spokesperson Larry Smith, federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials and area activists who speak passionately for and against nuclear power – many who will attend the pre-film reception in the Latchis Hotel Lobby from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and the post-film discussion. Several important festivals are considering the film for an early 2017 premiere. Finishing and outreach funds are needed to help this local film have national impact.
POWER STRUGGLE is directed and produced by Pioneer Valley independent documentary filmmaker Robbie Leppzer and his Wendell, MA based production company Turning Tide Productions, in association with HBO and NHK, the largest television network in Japan. Leppzer will be launching a national grassroots distribution campaign for POWER STRUGGLE in 2017 to use the example of Vermont to help inform communites about and participate in the upcoming national policy debate around the crisis of prolonged radioactive waste storage at commercial nuclear power facilities across the U.S.
“One in three Americans lives within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor,” says Leppzer. “I hope the film will be a catalyst to galvanize increased citizen awareness around aging nuclear power plants and the radioactive waste they may forever house.”
For more information about POWER STRUGGLE, links to purchase tickets online, and to watch a 6-minute movie trailer, visit the website at www.PowerStruggleMovie.com.
General Admission: $20 advance // Preferred Seating with Donation // $25 at door // $10 for College Students (with ID) / Free for High School Students (No one will be turned away for lack of funds). Purchase Tickets Online at http://powerstrugglemovie-brattleboro.eventbrite.com