First visit in 13 years; First time award for “Best Young Filmmaker”

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Contact:  David Kraft,  (773)342-7650 (o); (630)506-2864 (c);

                Norbert Suchanek:  55-21-972076704  (What’s App);

CHICAGO— For the first time in its 13-year history, the INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FEST arrives in Chicago. Read more

The 13th Annual International Uranium Film Festival will come to Chicago for the first time beginning March 28th and going through April 1st.  This inaugural visit to Chicago consisting of 16 films will be hosted by NEIS at 5 locations in the Chicago area during its visit.  All showings are free to the public (except the Music Box event), but due to limited seating, reservations on Event Brite will be required at some sites.

The Schedule:  film listings and descriptions for the Chicago events:

  • 3/28, 6-9 p.m.: Loyola Univ.  Damen Theater, 6511 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Shore Campus, Chicago. Special showing: On the Beach
  • 3/29, 6-9 p.m.: Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Ave.,  Chicago (limited seating, EventBrite reservation  req’d.)
  • 3/30, noon to 8 p.m.: Univ. of Chicago International House, 1414 East 59th Street,  Chicago
  • 3/31, 4:30 p.m. matinee: Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Special showing: BUILDING BOMBS
  • 4/1, 2-8 p.m., Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston (limited seating, EventBrite reservation req’d.)

To help defray the expenses for this event, NEIS will accept free-will donations (not tax deductible). Funds are needed for Chicago film venues, media and publicity, and to cover the IUFF founders and staff  transportation, the food/ housing costs, and publicity expenses.

The International Uranium Film Festival is dedicated to films about nuclear power and weapons, nuclear victims, and the risks of radioactivity, from uranium mining to nuclear waste. From Hiroshima, the Manhattan Project, Fukushima and everything in between, where Oppenheimer dared not go, it throws much needed light on all nuclear issues.

The first International Uranium Film Festival was May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Today this global event has already been in more than 60 cities around the globe, including Window Rock, Berlin, New York, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Amman, Washington DC, Hollywood, and Albuquerque – and now, for the first but hopefully not last time, Chicago.

At a time when the nuclear industry and its friends in the Biden Administration and Congress are aggressively promoting yet another New Nuclear Age, the public needs to see that the last one was not very kind to many people and the Planet.  We hope to see you at some of these film showings.

For more information, contact NEIS:;  (773)342-7650.

For immediate use —  Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023

Contact:  Helen Jaccard, Golden Rule Project; 206-992-6364;

              David Kraft, NEIS (local contact), (773)342-7650 (o);

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The letter opposes proposals in both the energy legislation for the larger reconciliation package (S.2291/H.R.4024) and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which together would grant up to $50 billion to prop up aging, increasingly uneconomical nuclear reactors for the next decade.

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