MELTDOWN, Based on True Events, is about the determination of one woman, the resiliency of the locals, and hope. Since this two-hour drama will span three decades from the weeks before and during the world’s first nuclear meltdown to current-day, it will showcase the political atmosphere of the seventies — including the ramifications of latent cancers and the impact of radiation on the environment. —
With an interesting juxtaposition of the lack of technology between what is used now and what was not available then, this feature film will remind us that “TMI” did not stand for “too much information”. In fact, the opposite was indeed true.
The blend of music from the ‘green’ bands of today to the NO Nuke musicians and their 70s protest songs will be the soundtrack of this impactful film being produced to make a difference in the world; one that is most needed now.
As the film opens, we meet Ellie Gerrity, the teenager, who has no idea what is happening in that fateful month of March, 1979. Ellie is the neighborhood’s newspaper girl, honor student, and basketball player. She’s in love with a football player, who will succumb to leukemia. No one suspects their neighbor, residing on a sandbar in the Susquehanna River, to be the cause of so many cancers and deaths.
The premiere of The China Syndrome is only twelve days before the nuclear “accident” at Three Mile Island. Most locals go to see the film including Ellie and her boyfriend.
For the next five days, the news unravels residents causing fear, frustration, and distrust. The crisis is over as quickly as it started. “There were no deaths or harm to public health,” according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
“Go live your lives” was the general sentiment broadcasted by the government and media and which continues to be parroted today after Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (2011).
So Ellie does; she leaves for the snowy Colorado Rockies to live her dream life filled with writing and skiing. When Ellie returns home on book tour three decades later, she hears of the horrible truths: the death of her classmates and neighbors. Her younger brother has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and skin cancer. At the age of forty-nine, Ellie is blindsided with a brain tumor and then her brother calls with the same bad news.
In the time before her brain surgery, Ellie races to find the truth. Together with her college students, they expose what really happened at Three Mile Island by comparing and contrasting the aftermath at Chernobyl and Fukushima against what was and wasn’t reported in 1979. They research The Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean. The Department of Veteran Affairs admits to a long list of cancers and diseases caused by exposure to radiation. By connecting this information and with the results of molecular medical studies and the backing of Erin Brockovich, they find the evidence the TMI survivors have been waiting 38 years to know.
One year later after Ellie’s successful brain surgery, the concert and expo is held during the Cherry Blossom Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Survivors from Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island arrive on crutches, in wheelchairs, and carrying oxygen beside 250,000 supporters. Musicians from the first NO Nukes concert perform as well as new ‘green’ bands. Hollywood celebrities, who are advocates for protect the earth’s resources are in attendance, too.
The final scene is a total blackout—or what the world would be like without electricity. At that same moment, a teen in the audience receives a text from Seoul, Korea. Her friend has recorded a surreal, seven-second video of a nuclear reactor, floating on a barge and anchored to the sea floor as it explodes…
The film’s tagline: “This affects all of us” is true. Currently, JML Films is seeking investors, product placement sponsors, and A-list actors to begin filming later in 2017.
‘Proof-of-Concept’ Trailer and the Pacific Coast Teaser are on the film’s YouTube channel, website, and Facebook.
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Release ID: 170447