During the summer of 2013, Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, was invited to show his documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival. Michael Moore, one of the most famous and financially successful documentary film makers in America, is the founder and president of the festival. After the showing, the two directors chatted about the film and took questions from the audience.
It was gratifying to hear the questions from the audience and to listen to Michael Moore express his own questioning attitude about his preexisting condition of assuming that nuclear energy should be fought by anyone who is “on the left”. As he stated near the end of the discussion, one thing that has encouraged him to think hard is the recognition that wind and solar cannot do the job of replacing fossil fuels. Here is a pertinent quote:
On those days when we have no sun, how am I going to heat my pizza?
Moore also pointed out that the definition of liberal in dictionaries includes having an open mind that is willing to be changed if presented with new information. This discussion is one more illustration of the fact that the conversation about nuclear energy continues to develop positive momentum. The discussions are exposing a far broader base of support than many historically active participants have assumed.
Thank you, Robert Stone, for making your conversation enabling film.
PS – Unless this video is a bootleg version, I would have thought that the production value of a panel discussion at a film festival would be higher than the one above.