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RADIOACTIVE: A feature documentary about the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown–the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history. This film can now be streamed on Apple+¬†and Amazon Prime Video.
RADIOACTIVE covers the never-before-told stories of four intrepid homemakers, two lawyers who took the local community’s case all the way to the Supreme Court, and a young female journalist who was caught in the radioactive crossfire. RADIOACTIVE features activist and actor Jane Fonda–whose film, CHINA SYNDROME (a fictional account of a nuclear meltdown), opened 12 days before the real disaster in Pennsylvania.

RADIOACTIVE also breaks the story of a radical new health study (in process) that may finally expose the truth of the meltdown. For over forty years, the nuclear industry has done all in their power to cover up their criminal actions, claiming, as they always do, “No one was harmed and nothing significant happened at Three Mile Island.” In this thrilling feminist documentary, indomitable women fight back against the nuclear industry Goliath to expose one of the worst cover-ups in U.S. history.

In 1976, New Hampshire residents took direct action against the construction of a twin-reactor nuclear power plant in the coastal town of Seabrook. For years they had witnessed how the regulatory process was stacked in favor of the nuclear industry. How could they believe otherwise? Federal regulators had never denied a permit for building a nuclear power plant.

Seabrook, NH was an international focal point in the struggle over atomic power. In the summer of 1978, nine months before the accident at Three Mile Island, more than 20,000 opponents of the Seabrook plant were addressed by a broad range of the leading figures in the anti-nuclear campaign. The film of this seminal rally offers a succinct and powerful summary of many of the most important statements of that movement, including speeches by Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. Barry Commoner, Dick Gregory, Sarah Nelson, Dianne Garand, Dr. John Gofman, Amory Lovins and singers Jackson Browne, John Hall and Pete Seeger. The film also takes us to the steps of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, where the first demonstration there prompted some contrasting views from members of the board that regulates this controversial industry.

“Early Warnings” describes the electric events at Seabrook and presents a tight outline of the anti-nuclear case, as well as providing a look into one of the movement’s most inspiring moments-its biggest and best-publicized rally before Three Mile Island.

On George Washington’s Birthday, 1974, Sam Lovejoy–a 27-year-old farmer–toppled a 500-foot weather tower in Montague, Massachusetts. The tower had been erected by the local utility as part of their attempt to build one of the largest nuclear power plants ever planned. Leaving 349 feet of twisted wreckage behind, Lovejoy hitched a ride to the local police station, where he turned himself in along with a four-page statement decrying the dangers of nuclear power and accusing the government and utilities of “conspiracy and despotism.” Six months later, Lovejoy stood trial for “willful and malicious destruction of personal property,” a five-year felony. He insisted on conducting his own case, and told the jury he had acted in self-defense. After a dramatic seven-day trial, Lovejoy went free.

“Lovejoy’s Nuclear War” has helped spread the story of this remarkable event around the world, reaching several million viewers since its 1975 release. The film presents a cross-section of views about nuclear power, civil disobedience and the politics of energy that were drawn together by Lovejoy’s sabotage and the trial that followed it. Step by step, it traces the path left by the shock wave of the falling tower: from the streets of this small Connecticut River Valley town to the marble hallways of the Atomic Energy Commission.