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 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.
The Historic "Princess Theatre"
Hard to imagine that they tested Atomic weapons this close to the strip.
Denise Brock (right) with her daughter Jenny
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.
Pocatello, ID April 27, 2016 Portneuf Valley Brewing
The Rocky Flats Plant had a number environmental incidents that lead to widespread contamination. The EPA would raid the plant and eventually shut it down.
Ketchum, ID April 26, 2016 Magic Lantern Cinemas
Tony West with Greg Welsch, who read the
Merril Eisenbud memos in the film
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.
Thanks to Richard Mabion and Mike Murphy of KKFI for a great interview
This section pays tribute the Plant
Harriman, TN near Oak Ridge Jan 2016
Brian Zink, featured in the film signs an autograph for a "happy fan"
While I screened at "The Screen" in Santa Fe, I would drive up to Los Alamos to see the city
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.
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.
The old tower at the gate to Los Alamos still stands.
Former Fernald workers and two great guys, Ray and Mooch
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.
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.
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
The St. Louis International Film Festival Nov 2015
Kennewick, WA June 22, 2016 Carmike Cinemas 12
Stopped by Arco, ID on the way to Idaho Falls
Screened at "The Flicks" theater
Not hard to see why this group has fought so hard to keep this land clean and as beautiful as it is.
Also the workers from 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
Back Home to St. Louis Wehrenberg Des Peres 14
Wendy Verhoff, historian featured in the film.
Formally the Bendix plant, it built non-nuclear components for nuclear war heads for the AEC.
Chris Ballew (left) Creative Consultant on the film
Dayton, OH Oct 4, 2015
Thanks Family and Friends
Santa Fe, NM March 2016 near Los Alamos
Tony West the film's director
Check point replica of the main gate
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.
Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project.
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
Los Angelas, CA Dec 3, 2015 Laemmle theater
My Brother, Marlon West who guided and encouraged
me throughout the making of this film.
River's Edge Film Festival Paducah, KY Nov 2015
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
The Historic Flood Wall in downtown Paducah tells the story of the city.
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.
Fernald was a uranium processing facility from 1951-1989. It was also the sister plant of the Weldon Spring Site near St. Louis.
Thanks for the hospitality friends : )
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 Containment Cell at Fernald, which holds radioactive materials is more restricted than the Weldon Spring Cell which holds the same thing.
D' Lanie Blaze (center) who designed my Incredible movie poster.
Las Vegas, NV March 12, 2016
Idaho Falls, ID April 27, 2016
Greendale, IN Jan 28, 2016 Greendale Cinema
In my hotel room before the screening
Kansas City, MO Dec 15, 2015 Tivoli Cinemas
The film Screened in The Atomic Testing Museum, which is amazing and a must visit if you are in the area.
Idaho National Laboratory, a laboratory for the Department of Energy, does nuclear reactor research.
Boise, ID April, 25 2016
Denise Brock who's fight to help nuclear workers is told in the film
Thanks to Tiffany Hansen of Rocky Flats Downwinders and my good friend Trish for the Tour
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.
Arvada, CO June 7, 2016 Elvis Cinemas