In Director Heidi Hutner’s thrilling feminist documentary, four indomitable women fight back against America’s powerful nuclear industry to expose one of the most consequential and egregious cover-ups in our country’s history. RADIOACTIVE: THE WOMEN OF THREE MILE ISLAND is an award-winning film about the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown – the worst commercial nuclear accident in U.S. history – and its aftermath. It uncovers the never-before-told stories of four intrepid homemakers, Linda Braasch, Joyce Corradi, Beth Drazba and Paula Kinney, who take their local community’s case against the plant operator all the way to the Supreme Court – and a young female journalist who’s caught in the radioactive crossfire. RADIOACTIVE features activist and actor Jane Fonda, whose film,The 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 that may finally expose the truth of the meltdown. For over forty years, the nuclear industry has done everything in their power to cover up their criminal actions, claiming, as they always do, “No one was harmed and nothing significant happened.” Director, producer and writer Heidi Hutner joins us for a conversation on the devastation caused by the reactor meltdown, the cover-up, the dogged determination by a small group of extraordinary people to the unvarnished truth, the dire consequences of the lies and malfeasance that occurred on March 28, 1979 and why it matters today and tomorrow.
Los Angeles Theatrical Run – Friday, Dec 8 – Thursday, Dec 14 at Laemmle’s Royal
STREAMING: RADIOACTIVE will drop on Apple+ and Prime on March 12, 2024.
About the filmmaker – Heidi Hutner,Award-WinningDirector, Writer, and Producer, is an award-winning Professor of Environmental Humanities and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, and a scholar of nuclear and environmental history, literature, film, and ecofeminism. She is the winner of Sierra Club Long Island’s 2015 Environmentalist of the Year Award. At SBU, Hutner chaired the Sustainability Studies Program for six years and was Associate Dean in the School of Marine, Atmospheric Science. Hutner publishes widely as a writer and journalist on nuclear, environmental, environmental justice, and gender issues. She regularly gives public talks. Her current book project, RADIOACTIVE: Women and Nuclear Disasters, will accompany the documentary and forms the basis of the documentary project. Hutner’s many books, book chapters, and essays have been published by Oxford University Press, University of Virginia Press, Palgrave, Rowman and Littlefield, Broadview, and she has written for the New York Times-Dot Earth, Ms. Magazine, Public Radio, International, Longreads, AEON, DAME, Spirituality and Health, Mom’s Clean Air Force, Yes!, Tikkun, and more. Hutner produces a popular sustainability web video show in which she interviews Nobel Peace Prize winners, McArthur Genius Fellows, and other luminaries. She recently appeared on the NBC News Think episode, “Clean Water is a Human Right” and gave a Tedx on “Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism.” Hutner was the associate producer of the off-Broadway climate-change musical, Endangered. She is in development, with Richard Saperstein, President of Bluestone Pictures (formerly with Miramax and Fine Line) on several documentary and scripted film projects. RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island is Hutner’s first film. For more go to: HeidiHutner.com.
“RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island is a compelling and significant documentary in the grand tradition of such trailblazing women filmmakers as Kimberlee Acquaro, Christine Choy, and Barbara Koppel … this is a film that should be rated in supernovas, not stars.” – Edward Moran, Cinema Daily
“A stunning film. It asks the important question: should we or shouldn’t we with nuclear energy? First-time filmmaker Heidi Hutner answers this question with solid research and interviews with scientists, engineers, whistleblowers, physicians, and most importantly with the victims themselves. RADIOACTIVE is a must-see tour-de-force for anyone who cares about our energy future and our planet.” – Jon Bowermaster, Award-winning National Geographic filmmaker
“The filmmakers have created a powerful and essential film that will resonate deeply with everyone who sees it.” – Dave Chameides, Emmy-Award director & cinematographer