Atomic Homefront

Atomic Homefront

Director Rebecca Cammisa, Producers Larissa Bills,James B. Freydberg, and “Just Moms from St. Louis will be in attendance  for a Q&A after the screening!

Director: Rebecca Cammisa

Country: USA

Run Time: 96 mins

When: Friday, Sept 15 at 7pm

Where: Sloans Lake Alamo Drafthouse

Synopsis:

St. Louis has a little-known nuclear past as a uranium-processing center for the atomic bomb. Government and corporate negligence led to the dumping of Manhattan Project uranium, thorium, and radium, thus contaminating North St. Louis suburbs, specifically in two communities: those along Coldwater Creek, where residents have high rates of very rare cancers, birth defects, and various autoimmune disorders that are potentially linked to ionizing radiation poisoning; and in Bridgeton, adjacent to the West Lake-Bridgeton landfill, where an uncontrolled subsurface fire has been moving toward an area where the radioactive waste was buried.

Just Moms STL, a group of mothers-turned-advocates, believes their communities are being poisoned and demands that the government either fully remove the waste or permanently relocate residents living nearest the landfill. At the same time, the grassroots organization Coldwater Creek — Just the Facts Please is working to educate the community and healthcare professionals and to promote community inclusion in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

About the Director:

Director, producer, and shooter Rebecca Cammisa’s first feature documentary film, “Sister Helen,” aired on HBO, and went on to win the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award.

In 2003, Rebecca Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 OSCAR®-nominated documentary, “Which Way Home” for which she received a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking.

“Which Way Home” was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, and received four Emmy nominations. “Which Way Home” went on to win a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize.

Rebecca was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking, and in 2011, she directed and produced the HBO documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis,” which received an OSCAR® nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject. Rebecca’s newest film, “Atomic Homefront” has received numerous grants including a Sundance Documentary Fund Production grant and a MacArthur Foundation Media grant.

 

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