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CIFF presents environmental doc series at Unity College

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UNITY - The Camden International Film Festival's CIFF Selects program is partnering with the Unity College Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities to present a series of free, environmentally focused documentaries at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts.

'We are very excited to be partnering with Unity's Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities on this winter and spring screening series," said Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival. "It is the goal of our CIFF Selects series to provide audiences throughout the state the opportunity to experience cutting-edge documentary film. This collaboration was extremely special because we were able to curate around the college's mission, highlighting new work with a focus on the environment or natural resources."

The first film in the series, 'The Atomic States of America,' will be screened at the UCCPA on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Don Argott.

In 2010, the United States approved the first new nuclear power plant in 32 years, heralding a 'Nuclear Renaissance.' But that was before the Fukushima accident in Japan renewed a fierce public debate over the safety and viability of nuclear power.

'The Atomic States of America' journeys to nuclear reactor communities around the country to provide a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact to date of nuclear power and to investigate the truths and myths about nuclear energy.

From the gates of Three Mile Island to the cooling ponds of Braidwood, IL, the film introduces people who have been on the front lines of this issue for decades: community advocates, investigative journalists, renowned physicists, nuclear engineers, Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors and former government leaders.

Based in part on Kelly McMasters' book, 'Welcome to Shirley,' about growing up in the shadow of the Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island, the film explores the evidence for serious health consequences documented by people living in Shirley, as well as near other nuclear facilities. Their concerns call into question who can be trusted to provide truthful information and how much influence the nuclear industry has over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its decisions.

As the nation stands at the crossroads of a possible Nuclear Renaissance, 'The Atomic States of America' inspires informed discussion on the safety, viability and future of nuclear power in the United States.

Additional film screenings include 'Sun Come Up' and 'Facing Climate Change' on Feb. 21 and 'Chasing Ice' on March 14.

Camden International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers. For more information, visit

FREE ADMISSION sponsored by the Unity College Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot St in downtown Unity. For more information call 207-948-7469 or

Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events.

Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education, which emphasizes the environment and naturalresources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.


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