I have long been a fan of our awesome History Museum. It was an honor to screen my film there. Denise and Brian joined me for the Q and A
Thanks to Richard Mabion and Mike Murphy of KKFI for a great interview
Sandia Lab primary function is to maintain the reliability of nuclear weapons
Back Home to St. Louis Wehrenberg Des Peres 14
The yoke for the 60 inch cyclotron.
Chris Ballew (left) Creative Consultant on the film
I took this picture from what were the "colored seats" in the past as I watched a test run of my film on the screen. Progress.
Former Dow Chemical plant worker Bill Hoppe, was one of three workers that I first met. A cancer survivor, he had been denied compensation from The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. I had never heard of the program. This is where the story began for me and I had no idea where it would take me.
Ketchum, ID April 26, 2016 Magic Lantern Cinemas
The Honeywell Metropolis Works Plant that was featured in the film.
The film opens in The St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase July 2015 in University City, MO. I grew up in U. City and watched many films in The Tivoli Theater my whole life. It was really special to open with my family, friends, and the St.Louis community coming out in full support.
St. Louis, MO
Intake vales that pumped water into the plant from the nearby river to cool down the reactor.
Shout out to the awesome crew of my sponsor, United Energy Workers Healthcare
Denise Brock (right) with her daughter Jenny
The screening was near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory which provided development and testing of liquid-propellant rocket Engines from 1953-1980. D'Lanie's father worked at this complex.
Thanks to Tiffany Hansen of Rocky Flats Downwinders and my good friend Trish for the Tour
Greendale, IN Jan 28, 2016 Greendale Cinema
Arvada, CO June 7, 2016 Elvis Cinemas
River's Edge Film Festival Paducah, KY Nov 2015
The Rocky Flats Plant was a nuclear weapons plant that operated from 1952-1989. Long torn down, I was amazed to find that this sign was the only thing to mark the existence of this historic plant. It was the only prominent site that I had been to with no museum.
This section of the wall pays tribute the Plant.
Harriman, TN near Oak Ridge Jan 2016
Brian Zink, featured in the film signs an autograph for a "happy fan" at the festival.
Granite City, IL July 9th 2016, Granite City Cinemas
I would team up with the Legendary environmental group The Snake River Alliance for multiple screenings across the state of Idaho. Shown here in their offices with member Liz Paul, who I enjoyed listening to and learning from.
Not hard to see why this group has fought so hard to keep this land clean and as beautiful as it is.
Wendy Wilson, Beatrice Brailsford, and Liz Paul
of The Snake River Alliance. Veterans of the the environmental movement and just great people. It was an absolute pleasure hanging with them.
If you want to learn from the best when it comes to organizing a community, see them.
The Weldon Spring Cell that can be walked.
Just down the road from Arco is EBR-1 The Worlds First Nuclear Power plant. In 1951 it would light these 4 light bulbs signaling the age of nuclear power.
Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project.
Idaho National Laboratory, a laboratory for the Department of Energy, does nuclear reactor research.
Boise, ID April, 25 2016
The museum didn't shy away from the harm done to our own people. I was surprise to find this in the museum but impressed when I did.
The view from the top of Los Alamos. Robert Oppenheimer had camped and gone horseback riding in New Mexico and fell in love with it's Stunning beauty. That would lead Leslie Groves to choose this location for The Manhattan Project.
Water was pumped into the cores to keep it from melting down
Screened at "The Flicks" theater
Los Alamos, NM October 20 2016 Reel Deal Theater
Thanks Family and Friends
Tony West the film's director
Vina's work to keep workers and the public safe would play a large role in the creation of The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act.
Augusta, GA August 31 2017 Regal Exchange
The Historic Flood Wall in downtown Paducah tells the story of the city.
Diane Ratliff, resident of Venice, IL stands in her backyard with the former Dow Chemical Plant behind her. The plant dumped over 100,000 tons of radioactive material in a lot near her home. Diane and her family asked the EPA for testing of their neighborhood after a number of people in the area developed cancer.
They are still waiting.
Aiken, SC August 30, 2016 Regal Mall 8
D' Lanie Blaze (center) who designed my Incredible movie poster.
Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2016
The home that Robert Oppenheimer occupied in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
Los Angelas, CA Dec 3, 2015 Laemmle theater
Historic Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, named after Ernest Lawrence, who won the Nobel Prize for his cyclotron is seated front row 4th from the left. Also pictured is a young Robert Oppenheimer.
Santa Fe, NM March 2016 near Los Alamos
The film Screened in The Atomic Testing Museum, which is amazing and a must visit if you are in the area.
The Containment Cell at Fernald, which holds radioactive materials is more restricted than the Weldon Spring Cell which holds the same thing.
St. Louis, MO October 17th 2016 Missouri History Museum
Fernald was a uranium processing facility from 1951-1989. It was also the sister plant of the Weldon Spring Site near St. Louis.
Pocatello, ID April 27, 2016 Portneuf Valley Brewing
These great folks really know their stuff and gave us an incredible tour. A must see if you are anywhere near the area.
In my hotel room before the screening
Kansas City, MO Dec 15, 2015 Tivoli Cinemas
The festival would allow us to screen for workers of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant that enriched uranium from 1952-2013
The Neon theater was near Mound Laboratories, an Atomic Energy Commission facility that did nuclear weapons research during the Cold War. This would be my first trip outside of St.Louis with the film for workers battling illnesses from their Manhattan Project and Cold War work.
Great Friends, love you guys
Thanks for the hospitality friends : )
Stopped by Arco, ID on the way to Idaho Falls
In the 50's, someone came up with the idea that we needed nuclear powered bombers. These are two atomic jet engines that they tested out here in Idaho. They worked but the plane was never built. Scientist said it was too dangerous. Ah.....Yeah.
The Hanford B Reactor was the first large scale nuclear reactor. It produced plutonium during the Manhattan Project that was used in the Fat Man Nagasaki bomb.
Check point replica of the main gate
She strolled in and announced her age of 93. A former worker at Savannah, she began her work for this country at Oak Ridge as an 18 year old. She told me stories and I just listened.
The barb wire fence represents the stripes in the American Flag and the picture of the workers (Chris and Evelyn Davis) the stars.
A big thanks to Maurice Copeland, a former worker of the plant for being instrumental in bringing the film to KC. Maurice continues to fight to get workers from the plant compensated and the plant cleaned up.
During the Manhattan Project all residents were required to have I.D. Even cute little kids like Cornelia.
Denise Brock started out trying to help her mother Evelyn Davis, receive compensation for the loss of her father Chris Davis. Her fight would impact the lives of nuclear workers and their family members across the country.
Dayton, OH Oct 4, 2015
The Rocky Flats Plant had a number of environmental incidents that lead to widespread contamination. The EPA would raid the plant and eventually shut it down.
Much like Puducah, Portsmouth has made amazing use of their flood wall with incredible artwork telling their city's history. This section pays tribute to the Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Built from 1952-1956. The plant enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. Now set for decommissioning, it was one of only 3 such plants in the U.S, along side Paducah and Oak Ridge.
Thanks for the hospitality Deb and Andy.
Great to have my cousin Jamar with me on some of these trips. Selling DVD's and being an all around hit where ever he goes. Thanks cuz
Vina Colley, was an electrician at the plant. When she became ill she became an advocate for worker safety and an environmental activist. She received a number of threats but she fought on.
Portsmouth, OH May 11, 2016 Portsmouth Cinemas
Formally the Bendix plant, it built non-nuclear components for nuclear war heads for the AEC.
While I screened at "The Screen" in Santa Fe, I would drive up to Los Alamos to see the city
The St. Louis International Film Festival Nov 2015
My Brother, Marlon West who guided and encouraged
me throughout the making of this film.
Livermore, CA March 29 2017 The Vine Theater
Some of the workers from SRS live in Augusta across the river. This one plant has paid out over
1 Billion in compesation from the EEOICPA.
With the Federal Government failing to properly mark the history of the plant, artist Jeff Gipe who's father worked at the plant would install his life size "Cold War Horse" sculpture. The horse wears a hazmat suit, rubber boots and a respirator. With the government wanting no part of it, the Cold War Horse stands on private property.
The Historic "Princess Theatre"
The site was built in the 1950's to refine materials for nuclear weapons
Hard to imagine that they tested Atomic weapons this close to the strip.
Enrico Fermi's office in the plant.
Wendy Verhoff, historian featured in the film.
Idaho Falls, ID April 27, 2016
Kennewick, WA June 22, 2016 Carmike Cinemas 12
Former Fernald workers and two great guys, Ray and Mooch
Tony West with Greg Welsch, who read the
Merril Eisenbud memos in the film
The old tower at the gate to Los Alamos still stands.