“American Massacre is a truly unique film,” explains Wildman. “While there have been many amazing films on America’s nuclear industry, they have always focused on a specific site geographic or issue. No film has portrayed the national picture from the human perspective. American Massacre will.”
The film follows the atom from the time uranium is mined until it reaches a reactor, warhead or waste storage site. But the story is not about war or energy production, it is a tale about the devastating human toll, the illnesses and death that have impacted untold thousands. More than one million Americans have been affected: medical experimentation victims, down-winders of testing, nuclear weapons and energy workers, and military service personnel, and more.
“Every state in America, and most Americans have been impacted by this industry in ways most can’t imagine,” says Wildman. “We will be filming across the country and telling stories of illness, loss, and death. Many of these stories come from a group often called Cold War Patriots. The government has promised these civilians and military personnel compensation and care for their exposure, but if this help comes, it’s often too late.”
American Massacre has been painstakingly researched with each story vetted and supported by in-depth documentation – typically from information obtained by the US government’s own files. However, in order to get the cameras rolling quickly, the filmmakers need to raise funds through donations at their campaign hosted by Indie Gogo ( http://www.indiegogo.com/
“In many cases, getting interviews underway has become very time sensitive because many of these workers and veterans are facing terminal illnesses,” Wildman explains. “This first fundraising effort is driven to allow these stories to be captured before it’s too late. These are Americans, our neighbors, and they performed a vital service to America’s security during the Cold War. Now they are paying the ultimate price for that service, but no one knows. It’s our job to change that.”
Small donations (up to $500) can be made to help get production off the ground through the film’s Indie Gogo campaign. Larger donations can be made as tax deductible contributions through the film’s fiscal sponsor, Independent Film Project at https://market.ifp.org/