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This selection of films was screened at Cinemareno's Nevada Museum of Art's Atomic Film Festival in March 2004. It was originally cited in the Upcoming Events / Resistance is Life Affirming section of the Health Costs of Low-Level Ionizing Radiation.

Mar 27-28, 2004: The Atomic Film Festival
Cinemareno, A Year-Round Festival of Films, Nevada Museum of Art
CINEMARENO is a non-profit film society founded for the purpose of promoting the art of motion pictures in Northern Nevada. Screenings throughout the year showcase new independent films and videos, along with a selection of obscure films and classic movies. CINEMARENO proudly offers an alternative to current Hollywood fare, bringing to Reno films that you are unlikely to see anywhere else.

Saturday
11:30 am

PLUTONIUM CIRCUS (1995) - This hilarious documentary looks at the PanTex nuclear weapons factory near Amarillo, Texas and the zany folks that live and work in and around it. Directed by George Ratliff, 73 mins.

Saturday
1:00 pm

THE DAY AFTER TRINITY (1980) - Oscar-nominated documentary provides a haunting journey through the dawn of the nuclear age. An incisive history of the Manhattan Project and the man behind it, J. Robert Oppenheimer. Directed by Jon Else, 89 mins.

Saturday
3:00 pm

ATOMIC CAFE (1982) - At once funny, sobering and shocking, this brilliant compilation of propaganda films, atomic test films and newsreel footage provides an entertaining overview of the atomic age and the pervasive anxiety it created in cold-war America. 88 mins.

Saturday
5:00 pm

ON THE BEACH (1959) - 45th Anniversary screening. Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and Fred Astaire star in Stanley Kramer's powerful and haunting adaptation of Nevil Shute's best-selling novel about Australians living out their remaining days after the rest of the world has destroyed itself from nuclear war. In wide-screen CinemaScope format, 134 mins.

Sunday
11:30 am

MELTDOWN AT THREE MILE ISLAND (1999) (Free) - A riveting documentary that details the events of March 28, 1979 when the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history occurred at a power plant in Pennsylvania. 60 mins. Full-festival pass holders get priority seating.

Sunday
1:00 pm

THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979) - 25th Anniversary screening. Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas star in this suspenseful story of a nuclear power plant accident. Eerily, it accurately foreshadowed the events at Three Mile Island, which occurred only 12 days after the film premiered in March 1979. In wide-screen format, 121 mins.

Sunday
3:30 pm

PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962) - Ray Milland directed and starred in this rare 1962 cult classic. An apocalyptic tale of survival about a family escaping a nuclear attack on Los Angeles. With Jean Hagen and Frankie Avalon. In wide-screen CinemaScope format, 92 mins.

Sunday
5:30 pm

DR. STRANGELOVE (1964) - 40th Anniversary screening. Arguably the greatest black comedy ever made, Stanley Kubrick's cold-war classic is the ultimate satire of the nuclear age, a perfect spoof of political and military insanity that gets funnier with each viewing. With Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden and George C. Scott. In wide-screen format, 93 mins.


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