A Film By Robbie Leppzer
In association with NHK
(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Original Music by John Sheldon
Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.
POWER STRUGGLE chronicles the heated political battle to shut down the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, located on the banks of the Connecticut River, near the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border.
Filmed over five years, this feature-length documentary follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials - alarmed at increasing safety violations - took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires.
The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, federal regulators, and a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower.
POWER STRUGGLE is an inspiring story of democracy in action, about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people in our local area are doing to make a difference for a safe and sustainable energy future. The film is also a warning about the dangers of the high-level radioactive nuclear waste that will remain on site at every nuclear power plant across the U.S. indefinitely into the future.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We're at a critical stage right now with a 99% finished film, in terms of the creative editing, yet we need to raise a total of $200,000 in order to complete an exhibition master of POWER STRUGGLE and launch a national grassroots film tour and distribution campaign.
Specifically, we need to raise a total of $100,000 for film technical finishing and other completion costs, which include sound mixing, color correction, final graphics, digital mastering, archival footage license fees, music license fees, final master deliverables, deferred salaries and editing of web modules and shorter educational and broadcast versions.
In order to launch and conduct a national grassroots film distribution campaign and screening tour for POWER STRUGGLE, we need to raise an additional $100,000. Distribution costs include outreach coordination, promotion, advertising, printing, and travel to 60 screening events across the country. Director Robbie Leppzer will conduct a national grassroots film tour throughout 2017, speaking at community screenings hosted by grassroots activist organizations, independent theaters, and schools.
Please help us raise funds in order to launch POWER STRUGGLE. You can make tax-deductible contributions at:
Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer of Turning Tide Productions, based in Wendell, MA, in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who has directed more than thirty independent film, video and public radio documentaries over the past forty years for national and international distribution.
His critically acclaimed feature-length and short documentaries, as well as commissioned television news magazine segments, about contemporary social issues and multicultural themes have been broadcast internationally by CNN International, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; and broadcast nationally in the United States by HBO/Cinemax, PBS, CNN, Sundance Channel, HDNet, Link TV, Free Speech TV, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio.
For more information: PowerStruggleMovie.com and TurningTide.com.
To book screenings of POWER STRUGGLE, with director Robbie Leppzer as a speaker, contact: robbie AT turningtide DOT com.