The selection of documentaries at the Sarasota Film Festival is something to look forward to every year, especially those films which get selected by the festival for the docs competition. I got the opportunity to see a screener for Atomic States of America, one of the films which the documentary jury will consider at this year’s festival.
This film is a quaint look at the terrifying consequences of nuclear power and a reminder that it may not be as safe as power companies proclaim, or even very much safer than it was in the 1970s. Looking at everything from Three Mile Island to Fukishima, and a couple of local incidences which likely aren’t on so many radars but which were at least as startling as the high-profile meltdowns, the film gives pause to anyone living within 50 miles of a nuclear plant. (Any relatives near Crystal River?)
The festivals confirmed to us that directors Don Argott and Sheena Joyce are both planning to attend the event this year, so those who attend screenings can likely enjoy Q&A time with the filmmakers. The film is set to screen on April 21 at 5:45pm and April 22 at 4:45pm.
Of course, we are trying to get time with them ourselves before or during the festival, so keep checking back here to see what we have to ask and what they have to say about this provoking examination of American energy policy.