Indian Point looks at nuclear power by going inside the core activities at an aging nuclear plant and posing the simple question: is this safe?
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant looms just 35 miles from Times Square. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the aging facility, its continued operation has the support of the plant’s operators and the NRC — Nuclear Regulatory Commission — yet has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that what happened at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant could happen here. In the brewing fight for clean energy and the catastrophic possibilities of government complacency, director Ivy Meeropol presents a balanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.
About the Filmmakers
Ivy Meeropol recently produced two stories for the second season of the Emmy-Award winning documentary series Years of Living Dangerously which aired on The National Geographic Channel in Fall 2016. Her most recent film, Indian Point, premiered in the Documentary Competition at The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. The film has since been screened at Hot Docs, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Festival de Rio in Brazil and more. Indian Point recently won Best Documentary at the Key West Film Festival and The Frontline Excellence in Journalism Award and will be released theatrically in early Summer 2016. In 2014 she directed and produced an episode for CNN’s docu-series Death Row Stories, Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford. Meeropol was a 2013 Sundance Institute Fellow, was invited to attend the Creative Producers’ Summit and was recently awarded grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, The NY State Council for the Arts, and The MacArthur Foundation. Meeropol’s 6-part documentary series The Hill, about Congressman Robert Wexler and his young staff, aired on The Sundance Channel in 2006 and received an IDA (International Documentary Association) nomination for best series of 2007. In 2007, Meeropol directed the feature length documentary All About Abe, the story of Abe Pollin – sports impresario extraordinaire - and a companion short film about his greatest creation, the Verizon Center Arena in Washington, DC. From 2001-2003, Meeropol produced and directed the documentary film Heir to An Execution, which explored the legacy of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Heir to An Execution had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, had it’s broadcast premiere on HBO and is presently in wide distribution on HBO Home Video/DVD.
Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009. She is an Emmy Award-winning producer and executive producer of documentary feature films. Julie is producer of Life, Animated and executive producer of Weiner, both of which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Life, Animated won the US Documentary Directing Award and Audience Awards at several festivals and has just been released by The Orchard. Weiner won the US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and was released by IFC Films. She is executive producer of 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets and Best of Enemies both of which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and were shortlisted for the 2016 Academy Award Best of Enemies was released by Magnolia Pictures to critical acclaim and 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets won a Special Jury Prize, was released by Participant Media and acquired by HBO for US broadcast. Julie produced Indian Point, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was theatrically released by First Run Features, and executive produced The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which was released by The Orchard. She also executive produced The Kill Team and Art and Craft, both released by Oscilloscope and shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Award and 1971, which was released in 2015. Julie produced three films that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival: Gideon’s Army, Manhunt and the Oscar shortlisted God Loves Uganda. She produced The Great Invisible, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and was released by RADiUS TWC; We Are The Giant, which premiered at Sundance; A Place at the Table, which was released by Magnolia Pictures, and the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Julie produced Buck, winner of the Sundance Documentary Audience Award, shortlisted for an Academy Award and one of 2011’s top five grossing documentaries. She consulted on the Academy Award-winning The Cove and produced the Oscar shortlisted Sergio. Some of Julie’s earlier films include: Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Cat Dancers, In The Shadow Of The Moon, Better This World, What Remains, Once In A Lifetime and Sketches Of Frank Gehry.