POWER STRUGGLE: The Vermont Yankee Story & Frances Crowe Tribute

Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 pm

POWER STRUGGLE: The Vermont Yankee Story
“Sneak Preview” Screening and Tribute to Frances Crowe
A Benefit Fundraiser to Launch a National Grassroots Film Tour

Democracy goes nuclear in this feature documentary about how an engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandma, and a scrappy new governor join forces with a creative array of activists to shutter an aging atomic plant in Vermont. An even-handed, but at times humorous and terrifying chronicle of citizens who believe in the right to energy choices and to keeping their communities safe.

For the past 40 years, independent filmmaker Robbie Leppzer has been living in western Massachusetts and making documentary films about people who stick their necks out to work for positive social change in the world. His previous films include AN ACT OF CONSCIENCE (premiered at the Academy in 1997) and THE PEACE PATRIOTS (premiered at the Calvin in 2005).

After nearly 7 years in production, the Academy of Music is proud to present the Sneak Preview screening of Leppzer’s latest work, POWER STRUGGLE, a feature-length documentary chronicling the successful campaign of grassroots activists in western Massachusetts and Vermont to shut down the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

The event will also feature a personal tribute to 97-year-old activist Frances Crowe of Northampton, who is prominently featured in the film, who has been protesting “the splitting of the atom” since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

POWER STRUGGLE chronicles the heated political battle to shut down Vermont Yankee, located on the banks of the Connecticut River – just thirty miles from Northampton.

Filmed over five years, this feature-length documentary follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials – alarmed at increasing safety violations – took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires.

The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, federal regulators, and a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower.

An inspiring story of democracy in action, about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing to make a difference for a safe and sustainable energy future.

Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer of Turning Tide Productions (, based in Wendell, MA, in association with HBO and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and radio producer who has directed over thirty documentaries over the past forty years. (He got an early start when he was 18, as a student at Hampshire College.) His critically acclaimed feature-length and short documentaries, as well as commissioned television news magazine segments, about contemporary social issues have been broadcast by CNN International, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO/Cinemax, PBS, CNN, Sundance Channel, HDNet, Link TV, Free Speech TV, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio.

Leppzer writes, “Please help us launch a national grassroots film tour for POWER STRUGGLE by making a tax-deductible contribution at the film’s website.” Your donation gets you preferred seating.

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Show Date/ Time:
Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Doors at 1:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
General Admission $20 advance // Preferred Seating with Donation (link attached in bio) // $25 at door

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

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