Cabin Fever Series
Over 60 miles from the nearest traffic light is the town of Naturita, Colorado-population 519. Until the mid-1980s this area was booming from decades of uranium mining. Today, it is practically a ghost town. Many of the businesses are boarded up, unemployment is rampant and even the elementary school is for sale.
Enter a company called Energy Fuels, which brings plans to build a new uranium mill in the area. Most of the residents couldn’t be happier. The Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill will be the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years. Its construction promises to bring back prosperity to a region with a proud and powerful mining history.
While industry spokespersons and many residents insist today’s mining and mill methods will now be “clean and green,” not everyone agrees. An environmental group from a nearby resort town steps in to stop the mill from being built.
Uranium Drive-In is a character-driven story addressing some of the most important and controversial issues facing our nation. What happens when a community, suffering a devastated economy, is presented with an opportunity-with risks-to create jobs and reclaim its lost prosperity? The film offers no easy answers but aims instead to capture personal stories and paint a portrait of the lives behind this nuanced and complex issue.
Q&A session with the director, Suzan Beraza, after the movie.