Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Time: 7PM

Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Directors: Peter Galison and Robb Moss

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Directors Peter Galison, Robb Moss and Editor Chyld King will attend in person for Q&A led by Lyda Kuth, filmmaker and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation.

Synopsis:  Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.


Prior to this feature screening, the DocYard is pleased to present CHOOSE LIFE (1984, 8 min) by Robbie Leppzer, a short film from Documentary Educational Resources (DER). Robbie Leppzer will attend in person.

On June 12, 1982, over a million people gathered in New York City to call for an end to the nuclear arms race. Presented in a fast-paced, up-beat style, Choose Life captures the feeling and spirit of this historic day. “One Earth, One Humanity, One Future” reads a banner, as the camera pans across a colorful sea of people marching in front of the United Nations on their way to gather in Central Park. Americans from all walks of life are asked why they came to march: an elderly man, a union organizer, a high school student, a mother with young children. Their answers come straight from the heart: “We’re here because we want to live.” “It’s an issue of survival.” “Unless the people take to the streets, the governments will not act.”

About the Shorts Programming

For the Spring 2016 Season, The DocYard shorts have been programmed by The Non-Fiction Cartel with help from DER. The films, selected by Eric P. Gulliver (NFC) and Alijah Case (DER), were chosen to create a dialogue between the short form, the feature documentary, and the audience. The programming aims to showcase innovative short works across the decades, while acknowledging and contributing to the Boston area’s rich history of documentary filmmaking. Celebrating this documentary tradition, the selections represent The Non-Fiction Cartel’s continued collaborations between the Camden International Film Festival, DER, and FRONTLINE.

About The Non-Fiction Cartel
Founded in 2012, The Non-Fiction Cartel is a working collaborative that supports, creates, and enhances short form documentary media making in New England.

About Documentary Educational Resources (DER)
Founded by Cambridge based filmmaker John Marshall in 1968, DER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit aiming to foster community, challenge preconceptions, and safeguard our diverse cultural memory through media. DER offers distribution, fiscal sponsorship, and consulting for thought-provoking documentary media.