“Atomic Cinema Fest”, is part of the International Uranium Film Festival, and was a one day film festival presented by “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World”, held at Raleigh Studios to bring movies and documentaries dedicated to educating people on the risks of nuclear power and radioactivity. The International Uranium Film Festival was founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro and has traveled to Germany, Portugal, India and now the United States. The US festival offered 4 films with nuclear themes, of which I saw director Michael von Hohenberg’s “Final Picture” and director Peter Anthony’s “The Man Who Saved The World”.
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Michael von Hohenberg’s “Final Picture” was set in the not-so-distant future where an all nuclear war took place with its aftermath. The scenario is far from anything Mad Max has offered, being far more grim and realistic in its portrayal of the end of civilization and the extinction of the human race. It’s clear it was a cautionary tale on an all-out nuclear war and its very real repercussions.
Before the screening of Peter Anthony’s “The Man Who Saved The World”, there was a lively red carpet ceremony that featured the two directors, Kat Kramer, Karen Sharpe Kramer, Lou Gossett Jr. and the legendary Ed Asner. Others that walked the carpet were entertainment personalities and nuclear activists: Tara-Nicole Azarian, Joey Luthman, Libbe HaLevy, David Valentino, Mimi Kennedy and Harvey Wasserman.
After these formalities had passed everyone was invited to watch the main feature, “The Man Who Saved The World”. The movie was an engaging docudrama staring Stanislav Petrov, the man who avoided worldwide nuclear holocaust when he chose not to retaliate to a false nuclear strike from the US in the 80s. His performance is riveting and genuine. All this international drama is juxtaposed against his own personal struggles with the waning health and eventual death of his wife. It was a moving, heartfelt and insightful movie about humanity’s struggle with nuclear weapons and the wisdom of one man who chose not to obey institutional protocol and saved the world from WWIII. This was all followed by a panel discussion on the movies’ theme of the horrors of nuclear war and the perils of nuclear power.
There will be a follow-up to the “Atomic Cinema Fest” from International Uranium Film Festival within the year for a full-fledged multiple-day festival. “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World” sponsorship gave the festival a wonderful star-studded appeal and awareness of an under-addressed subject that has great implications for civilizations and humanity as a whole. It was a fascinating day of programming that left everyone involved wanting more.