[Marxism] Documentary on Indian Point

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 2 14:45:58 MDT 2016

I saw this at a film festival last year and recommend it highly. The 
director is PEN-L'er Michael Meeropol's daughter



First Run Features announces the US theatrical premiere of Ivy 
Meeropol's documentary INDIAN POINT at The Film Society of Lincoln 
Center in New York on July 8, 2016, with Los Angeles to follow on July 
22, 2016 at Laemmle Theatres.

INDIAN POINT takes an unblinking look at the dramatic debate over 
nuclear power by going inside the aging plant that looms just 35 miles 
from New York City. With over 50 million people living in close 
proximity to the facility, it has stoked a great deal of controversy in 
the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent 
concerned that the kind of disaster that happened at Japan's Fukushima 
nuclear plant could happen here. At the same time, its continued 
operation has the support of the plant's operators and the NRC (Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission) as they campaign to relicense Indian Point for 
another 20 years of operation.

INDIAN POINT presents a complex story through the people who are most 
invested in the nuclear industry—the owners of the plant, the workers at 
the plant and the activists who want to shut it down. The film begins 
inside Indian Point with Brian Vangor, senior control room operator and 
35-year veteran who says his job is making sure the plant's workers "get 
through their shifts unscathed." We hear from Marilyn Elie, a leader of 
the anti-Indian Point group IPSEC and her husband Roger Witherspoon, an 
environmental journalist. We also meet attorney Phillip Musegaas from 
Riverkeeper in New York who reveals what few people understand—the 
enormous damage the plant causes to the water that surrounds it.

As nuclear disaster struck in Japan, Gregory Jaczko, then Chairman of 
the NRC, was shaken by the news. INDIAN POINT follows Jaczko to 
Fukushima as he attempts to understand the tragedy no one in his field 
thought possible.

The debate at the center of INDIAN POINT is more timely now than ever. 
In February of 2016, news broke that the groundwater below Indian Point 
had been contaminated with radioactive material, prompting a state 

Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol had unprecedented access to the plant at the 
center of the most contentious relicensing process in the history of the 
industry. In the brewing fight for clean energy, INDIAN POINT presents a 
nuanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers 
a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.

Filmmaker Biography

Ivy Meeropol is a producer and director of an array of acclaimed 
documentary feature films and television series. Meeropol recently 
directed and produced an episode for CNN's docuseries Death Row Stories, 
Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford. Her documentary 
series The Hill premiered on The Sundance Channel in 2006 and received 
an IDA nomination for best series. In 2007, Meeropol directed the 
feature documentary All About Abe and in 2003, she produced and directed 
Heir to An Execution, which had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance 
Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award®. She is 
currently directing and producing for an Emmy® award-winning climate 
change documentary series on the National Geographic channel.

A film by Ivy Meeropol
2015, USA, Documentary, English, 94 minutes, Digital

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