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Could the next climate heroes be nuclear engineers? The New Fire explores the potential for advanced reactors to help save the planet.
Could the next climate heroes be nuclear engineers? The New Fire explores the potential for advanced reactors to help save the planet.
Could the next climate heroes be nuclear engineers? The New Fire explores the potential for advanced reactors to help save the planet.
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    1. David Schumacher Creator on

      bryan blake - We've already fulfilled the vast majority of backer rewards, so I'm not sure what you're referring to. Last month, we sent digital links to all backers who claimed them and we're currently in the process of fulfilling the poster rewards. If you or others have any questions about your rewards, please either message me directly here on Kickstarter or send an email to Thanks!

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      bryan blake on

      Mr schumacker, i have great respect for our community, and our goals and purpose. but to be completely blunt, the 272 backers have waited longer than anyone else. we have patiently waited for our turn. and i strongly believe that the 272 backers deserve to get our copy sooner than libraries who dont care about our community as much as we do. with respect and great anticipation, thank you!

    3. David Schumacher Creator on

      The film was just released to the educational market (ie. Universities, schools, libraries, etc) through or distributor Good Docs. So if you're affiliated with an educational institution or if you have a public library card, please ask your librarian to order a copy for your community:

      Stay tuned for a wider public release including VOD in the coming months.

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      bryan blake on

      hey im reading great news, im really hoping to share this movie with my family and friends. when do you think digital copies will come out?

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      bryan blake on

      so when do you get to have the digital copy and when do the posters get sent out. my wall is looking for a cool new poster

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      Brenden Heidrich on

      Has anyone gotten any part of their pledge yet?

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      Chuck Gollnick

      A new update, just a sign of life, would be nice.

      I’m beginning to wonder if your creator fell into a reactor or something.

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      bryan blake on

      how did the world premier go. i hope it went well. i hope tons of people saw it.... i cant wait to see more updates!

    9. David Schumacher Creator on

      Great questions, Alan!

      Yes, we're expecting a number of cast and crew members to attend the premiere on Saturday. Some will probably be on hand for Sunday's screening too.

      Yes, there will be a Q&A after each screening.

      We've created a FB event for the world premiere here:

    10. Alan Medsker on

      I think I will be able to attend one of the screenings at the film festival -- will any of the "stars" be there for that? Is there any difference between the screening on Saturday and the one on Sunday, other than day/time? Will there be a Q&A before and/or after the screening (I kinda assume there will be, but...)?

      Anyone else out there planning to attend?

      Looking forward to it!


    11. David Schumacher Creator on

      Yes, Erik, you will definitely be able to see THE NEW FIRE online, but not until after it's been commercially released. Right now, the film can only be seen either at a film festival or at private/community screenings. It's very common and a sort of rite of passage for an independent film to make the rounds on the festival circuit prior to its commercial release.

      Don't worry, you and your fellow backers will be among the first to know when the film is commercially available (date TBD but almost certainly sometime in 2018). Until then, THE NEW FIRE will be making the rounds at festivals and private/community screenings. If you or anyone you know is interested in arranging such a screening, please inquire at Thanks!

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      Erik Sundell on

      "You will receive a digital screener link to the film upon its commercial release."

      That pledge led me to believe I'd be able to buy it online in some way - won't I be able to do that at some point? I hoped to show it to my friends without needing them to make a pro-nuclear pilgrimage to a screening.

      I'm happy to support this project no matter what, but I'd really feel it would be troublesome if this work was not made available to a broader audience. I'm a math person, and I can't stop myself from comparing how many I believe to be reached by local screenings and an online version available on Netflix, YouTube or as a digital download from some webpage.

      I'd be willing to pledge a lot more if that would enable this movie to reach more people - say by being freely available on YouTube.

      By the way, about screenings in Sweden. Pandoras Promised had a screening at Uppsala University's Ångströmslaboratoriet. I'm confident Uppsala University researcher Mattias Lantz happily will be able to clarify if that is an option for you - you can contact him at: or by telephone at 004618-471 3754 (… )

    13. David Schumacher Creator on

      At the moment, there are no plans for THE NEW FIRE to be available online, but there will be a number of screenings in Europe in the coming weeks and months -- possibly even in Sweden. Stay tuned...

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      Erik Sundell on

      I can't go to the Heartland Film Festival, I live in Sweden - but I'd love to watch it online. When will it be available online?

    15. David Schumacher Creator on

      Stay tuned for an important update in the next couple of weeks...

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      Now that we are into Aug, how are things looking release-wise? If you need more time to meet your stretch goals I can accept that, I'd just like to get an update.

    17. David Schumacher Creator on

      Sorry for the delay, but I just sent an update to backers.

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      bryan blake on

      what is the news here. its june and im still here holding my breath

    19. James Holt on

      Hi what news on this? When will it be released?

    20. Gordon Tyler on

      Congrats on completing your campaign Can't wait to add your movie poster to my collection, but more excited to see how your film inspires the next generation of nuclear engineers in the same way that the Apollo program inspired future astronauts. Now if only the large "green" groups would wake up and "smell the atoms".

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      Peeranut Songprai

      I wanna point out a potential danger that you might encounter in the future. There is a chance that your digital release can be hacked by any computer expert. There was a case like this before. I don't remember the movie's name but morgan freeman was one of its cast if im not wrong.

      Just a warning though

    22. David Schumacher Creator on

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for your message and for supporting for what we're doing. Obviously my team and I share your views on why this film is important.

      The number of people who are already knowledgeable or interested in nuclear or advanced nuclear is relatively tiny and so part of the reason we're making this film is to help spread awareness. That's why it's really important that everyone who cares about this issue stands up and lends their support to this effort now. We have 142 backers right now and that's great, it's a really good start. But we'll need to at least double or triple that number to succeed.

      Many of the organizations on your list have been helping to spread the word about the campaign on social media or have been supportive in other ways, and their help has been essential to our success so far. But the fact is that we need greater participation at the individual level in order for this campaign to succeed. This has always been a grassroots effort and we rely on visionary publishers like Rod Adams as well as word of mouth from people like you to build our support network.

      If we are going to succeed in reaching our goal, then we are going to need people like you to not only back this project, but also to get others to do so as well. Every little bit helps and I'm convinced there are many current holdouts who could become backers with just a little nudge from their friends. What a great opportunity for concerned people to use peer pressure for good:-)


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      Bryan Chesebrough on

      David, I came across your Kickstarter campaign on Rod Adams "Atomic Insights" and felt compelled to become a backer. Robert Stone's "Pandora's Promise" provided a much needed perspective on Nuclear Power. I see your endeavor as an equally important corollary to the story.

      I am somewhat dismayed that there are only 140 backers thus far with only 14 days remaining. Is there a way to get the Kickstarter campaign for your project mentioned on websites such as:

      Breakthrough Institute
      Pritzker Fund
      Third Way
      Clean Air Task Force
      Science Council for Global Initiatives
      Environmental Progress
      Energy for Humanity
      Nuclear for Climate (SFEN)
      Nuclear Town Hall
      Nuclear Cafe
      Nuclear Innovation Alliance

      All of whom have expressed support for Gen IV Advanced Nuclear Reactor designs.

    24. David Schumacher Creator on

      Hi Dennis,
      Thanks for the question. If you don't see the combination or reward items you'd like to receive, just ask. We are happy to create custom reward bundle on request.

    25. Dennis Gøttrup Ejstrup on

      Great project and the topic is a very importiant one and I myself is a spaeker of nuclear power, mainly research in the future of thorium usage. I wanted to pledge for the movie link of coarse, but the e-book seems very interesting, unfortunately I cannot make 2 seperate pledges. Is there a way to get round that. The bundle reward is out of my price range though.
      Best regards