Documentary Filmmakers Ask The Public To Help Educate Congress By Sending their Film "The Forgotten Bomb" to U.S. Senators

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Since it's back-to-school time, filmmakers Bud Ryan and Stuart Overbey are asking all U.S. citizens to help educate their Senators about nuclear weapons by sending them a copy of "The Forgotten Bomb."

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If U.S. citizens have learned anything over the past several years, it is that their Congress is grossly ignorant when it comes to issues that affect their lives.

“The best big view of the subject I’ve seen…an amazing piece of work.”-- Steven Okazaki, Director of the HBO documentary, "White Light, Black Rain"

If U.S. citizens have learned anything over the last several years, it is that their Congress is grossly ignorant when it comes to issues that affect their lives. Their great reliance on industry-friendly sources for information helped lead us into economic disaster. The same dynamic is at work regarding information about nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, but with far more dire consequences if wrong decisions are made out of ignorance. This is where the documentary "The Forgotten Bomb" comes in, which the National Catholic Reporter called “(an) excellent documentary film…a great resource.”

The film features U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, Manhattan Project scientists, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, and many more. Through interviews and first-person accounts, it shows the many effects wrought by the nuclear weapons cycle from its source at uranium mines to nuclear explosions, including effects on atomic veterans, down-winders, and the hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

For the first phase of this campaign, Executive Producer Bud Ryan and Director Stuart Overbey are asking the public to purchase a DVD at a special low price from the film’s website and send it to their Senators along with a letter asking them to make sure the U.S. lives up to the provisions of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by abolishing nuclear weapons. Talking points are also available on the site to assist in writing the letters.

New bomb-making facilities are proposed, or in the works, at various places around the country, including Los Alamos, NM, where a new weapons site is planned to be built 2/3 of a mile from a geologic fault line. "We as citizens of the U.S. must tell Congress that we don’t want our hard-earned tax dollars going towards more bombs and bomb factories especially during these times of huge deficits," said filmmaker Bud Ryan. He said that providing all 535 members of Congress with a copy of "The Forgotten Bomb" was a great first step in beginning their education.

"The Forgotten Bomb" is an independently-produced documentary film. More information can be found at


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