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A proposed uranium mill in rural Colorado is creating a raging debate among residents that is tearing the community apart.


Producers: Judith Kohin, MIchelle Hill, Casey Nay 

Director of Photography: Ben Knight 

Sound Recordist: Jim Hurst

Uranium Drive-In chronicles a rural mining town where a proposed uranium mill—the first to be built in the U. S. in 25 years—is creating a raging debate that is tearing the community apart. With authentic voices, the film’s quirky, strong-willed characters tell personal stories about life and death in a boom-bust mining town. And now, with the future of nuclear energy being questioned worldwide, there’s even more at stake.

Over 100 miles from the nearest traffic light lies Paradox, CO—population 242. Until the mid 80s this area was booming, with a swimming pool and a drive-in movie theater—the Uranium Drive-In. Now many of the businesses are boarded up and the elementary school is for sale. Our film tells the story of the town’s possible resurrection through the eyes of a retired uranium miner suffering from numerous ailments, who would hop back down a mine shaft tomorrow; his home health nurse who treats miners for radiation exposure; and a Mormon cattle ranching family who have lived in the valley over 100 years. Uranium Drive-In pays homage to these characters and is a touching slice-of-life glimpse into a community that is virtually unknown to the outside world.

The mill promises to bring good jobs and grow the slumping population still reeling from the health problems and environmental scars of the last uranium boom. There is powerful history here—uranium mined in the region was used for the Manhattan Project. These old timers consider themselves patriots, who fought to protect our country during the cold war and today in the battle to find greener, domestic energy. The question now on everyone’s mind: Is it worth it?

We are raising seed money to “kickstart” (pun intended) this film project. We need funds to shoot several key scenes that need to be shot throughout the summer. Funds are needed to cover travel, producer, director, cinematographer, sound engineer and production assistant. We are an established film company that recently released our award-winning documentary film, Bag It, which is currently in theaters across the country and on national pubic television. You can check it out Bag It at bagitmovie.com

Our goal for this kickstarter campaign is $5000, but we really hope to exceed this goal!! It is a bit scary setting an amount knowing that if you don't make your goal you don't get a single dollar! It feels like we're on a game show and trying to decide whether or not to go for the prize behind door #3 but risk losing it all! So for our first kickstarter campaign we are being a bit conservative. We do have a non-profit umbrella, so for large donations we would be happy to arrange a tax deductible letter for your donation.

Thanks for your kindness, support and for believing in our project!!

The Uranium Drive-In Team (Suzan, Judy, Ben, MIchelle, Casey and Jim)

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    Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    Ever heard of Uranium referred to as "Yellowcake?" With your donation at this level you will get a package of commemorative, URANIUM DRIVE-IN, homemade, "yellow cake" mix (for eating, of course). Guaranteed this gift will be one to show off! DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    Autographed pre-release URANIUM DRIVE-IN DVD and poster!! Commemorative homemade, "yellow cake" mix (for eating, of course). DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    Your name on the BIG SCREEN! At this level, you will be listed in our film credits. Autographed pre-release URANIUM DRIVE-IN DVD and poster!! Commemorative homemade, "yellow cake" mix (for eating, of course). DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    11 x 14 landscape photograph from Uranium Drive-In by our award-winning cinematographer and photographer, Ben Knight. Your name on the BIG SCREEN! At this level, you will be listed in our film credits. Autographed pre-release URANIUM DRIVE-IN DVD and poster!! Commemorative homemade, "yellow cake" mix (for eating, of course). DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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    THE BIG KAHUNA! Okay, we're going big. We will fly 2 PEOPLE (continental U.S. only) to Telluride, Colorado for our pre-release, "guests only" screening of URANIUM DRIVE-IN! Now we're really going nuts ... including LODGING FOR TWO NIGHTS!! 11 x 14 landscape photograph from Uranium Drive-In by our award-winning cinematographer and photographer, Ben Knight. Your name on the BIG SCREEN! At this level, you will be listed in our film credits. Autographed pre-release URANIUM DRIVE-IN DVD and poster!! Commemorative homemade, "yellow cake" mix (for eating, of course). DVD of filmmakers' award-winning documentary film, BAG IT (bagitmovie.com) Hand-picked wild sage from the Paradox Valley of southwestern Colorado (near where the mill will be built!) INCLUDES SHIPPING Special thank you on our website funders page! uraniumdrivein.com

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