After 7 years in the making, local area filmmaker Robbie Leppzer is holding two “Sneak Preview” benefit fundraiser screenings of his new 104-minute feature-length documentary film, POWER STRUGGLE, which chronicles the grassroots political battle to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
POWER STRUGGLE is an inspiring story of democracy in action, about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people in our local area are doing to make a difference for a safe and sustainable energy future. The film is also a warning about the dangers of the high-level radioactive nuclear waste that will remain on site at Vermont Yankee indefinitely into the future.
POWER STRUGGLE is directed and produced by long-time Pioneer Valley independent documentary filmmaker Robbie Leppzer and his Wendell, MA based production company Turning Tide Productions, in association with HBO and NHK, the largest television network in Japan.
Northampton event details are here: Power Struggle 10/23/16 Northampton
The Academy of Music event will also feature a personal tribute to 97-year-old activist Frances Crowe of Northampton, prominently featured in the film, who has been protesting “the splitting of the atom” since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Brattleboro event details are here: Power Struggle 11/03/16 Brattleboro
An informal reception will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm with film participants in the Latchis Hotel Lobby. VT Governor Peter Shumlin will speak. Following the screening, director Robbie Leppzer will speak and conduct a question-and-answer session, along with nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower Arnie Gundersen and local activists who participated in the decades-long movement to close Vermont Yankee.
General Admission: $20 advance // Preferred Seating with Donation // $25 at door (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)