Nuclear War Film Series.
Reserve your tickets to our Nuclear War Film Series. All events are free and open to the public.
/Dec. 15, 2017 5–8pm Unclear About Nuclear War with Durham Cinematheque. No reserved ticket required. Films will be looping throughout the evening.
The installation Unclear about Nuclear War will feature Cold War atomic bomb films and Cold War television commercials for consumer products, layered with very large abstract and “unreadable” images. Cinematheque director Tom Whiteside has designed this show specifically for Power Plant Gallery. “I love to work in big empty spaces, especially ones with white walls. Compared to a traditional theater setting, a big space presents so many opportunities. The image is not locked in to one size and one place. I am an experimental filmmaker and I appreciate the opportunity to experiment with the presentation of the image – in this case the presentation is equally as important as the content.”
The Day After is an American television film that first aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC television network. More than 100 million people, in nearly 39 million households, watched the program during its initial broadcast. The film postulates a fictional war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full-scale nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. The action itself focuses on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as several family farms situated near nuclear missile silos. The cast includes JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, Jason Robards, and John Lithgow. The film was written by Edward Hume, produced by Robert Papazian, and directed by Nicholas Meyer. It was released on DVD on May 18, 2004, by MGM. [Wikipedia]
A family portrait, complete with crashed planes and lost nuclear bombs…
Buzz One Four is a documentary film that chronicles the ill fated flight of a Cold War B-52 bomber loaded with two thermonuclear bombs that crashed 90 miles from Washington DC. Evidence suggests that the crash, which put the safety of the bombs and the crewmen onboard the plane in great peril, could have easily been prevented had Air Force leadership followed the advice of their own safety officials. The crash has remained classified and details continue to be repressed by the Air Force, but it is a story the filmmaker grew up with because the pilot of the plane was his grandfather. Buzz One Four investigates the aspects of this crash and other nuclear-weapons accidents and leaves us wondering if the United States was in greater danger of nuking itself than being attacked by the Russians.
And don’t miss The Way Things Can Happen /an alternate history of nuclear war by Erin Johnson on view January 2–March 3, 2018 at the Power Plant Gallery