Filmmaker Brittany Prater discovers her hometown was secretly involved in the Manhattan Project. Her investigation into this history triggers a chain reaction of encounters through which it becomes clear that the topic of nuclear waste has been more successfully buried than the waste itself.
During our current Neo-Cold War era, in which the Environmental Protection Agency has been all but disarmed, Uranium Derby provides a unique perspective into the long history leading up to our current predicament. According to the art historian Joy Sperling, “The film…generates a large number of open-ended questions, and in so doing brings to the forefront critical issues about the role and responsibility of industry and the government for protecting public health and preserving the environment.”
Beginning as a local story, the film meticulously works its way up to the federal level, tackling the role large private companies play in delaying the cleanup of contaminated sites and the manner in which the Department of Energy has been complicit in this misspending of federal funds.
Brittany Prater (director, producer, editor) is an artist and filmmaker living and working in Queens, NY. In 2010 she received her MFA from Temple University and in 2006 her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. She is currently working as Assistant Director at Studio 10 gallery in Brooklyn and is the founder of Cornfield Productions, LLC.
Prater has screened films, videos and other works in New York and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in ArtNews, The L Magazine and Hyperallergic as well as the Kansas City Star. In 2012 she received a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities toward the completion of her first feature-length documentary Uranium Derby.