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    AMERICIUM

    HD, 40 minutes

    2017

    A film by Erik Blinderman and Lisa Rave

    Taking its title from a man made radioactive element on the periodic table, "Americium" addresses the literal contamination of sacred lands and the spiritual neglect of an American landscape. The film revolves around the   contested long term nuclear storage facility of Yucca Mountain using portraits of individuals and local communities           to explore the conflicting ideologies and fantasies of the American West. It is a search for what is invisible                         and embedded within the landscape, a meditation on what is simultaneously real and imagined. The project is a culmination of several years of research on the subject, with most material being produced just prior to the November 2016 Presidential Election.

    With kind support by the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM) and Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian 

    Produced by Whole Wall Films