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Peter Galison & Robb Moss
Peter Galison & Robb Moss
Grant Awarded
$5,000 - 2010
$15,000 - 2011
$25,000 - 2013
Type of Film
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Film Synopsis

Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put. 

About the Director(s)

Robb Moss's current project, “Containment,” is a film about the disposition of nuclear waste for now, and for the next 10,000 years. Co-directed with Peter Galison and supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, The LEF Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Other films, Secrecy (2008-directed with Galison) and The Same River Twice, (2003) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and, together, showed in more than fifty film festivals and in over one hundred theatres. The Same River Twice was nominated for a 2004 Independent Spirit Award and won awards in Nashville, Chicago, New England, and Alabama; the Chicago Reader selected it as Best Documentary (and Cinematography) of 2003. Secrecy, a film supported by MacArthur, Ford, The Sundance Documentary Fund and Impact Partners, was screened by both the Congressional Record and the ACLU in their efforts to help think through the relationship of government secrecy to national security and democracy.  He has served as a festival juror at Sundance, San Francisco, Denver, Camden, Seattle, Chicago, New England, and Ann Arbor, is on the Board of Directors for ITVS, is a creative advisor at the Sundance Documentary labs, and has taught filmmaking at Harvard for the past 25 years where he is currently professor and chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

Peter Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics at Harvard University.  Galison is a physicist and culturally-minded historian whose work involves filmmaking and artistic collaboration, most recently with William Kentridge (“The Refusal of Time”).  He has written extensively on nuclear matters, from weapons and secrecy to waste and wilderness—among his among his books are Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps, Picturing Science, Producing Art; and Objectivity.   The documentary film SECRECY, which he directed with Robb Moss, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and screened at Tribeca, San Francisco, SXSW, Boston, Croatia, Warsaw, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver and more.  Galison has worked with de-classified material in his studies of physics in the Cold War. His film on the moral-political debates over the H-bomb, "Ultimate Weapon: The H-bomb Dilemma" (with Pamela Hogan) has been shown frequently on the History Channel and is widely used in courses and seminars in the United States and abroad.  Galison received a John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1997 and the Max Planck Prize in 1999. 


Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – April 10, 2015
Sheffield Doc/Fest International Documentary Festival – June 7 & 9, 2015
“Riddle of the Burial Grounds,” Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland – June 11-Aug. 1, 2015
“The Terms of Media conference, Lüneburg, Germany – June 17-19, 2015
Science Gallery “ Wastelands and Wilderness,” Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland – June 20, 2015
Woods Hole Film Festival – July 26, 2015
Environmental Film Festival Australia Melbourne – Sept. 7, 2015
Camden International Film Festival – Sept. 18, 2015
Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments conference, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA, Sept. 18-19, 2015
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival – Sept. 20, 2015
Zurich Film Festival – Sept. 25 & 30, Oct 2 & 3, 2015
Global Peace Film Festival – Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 2015
Vancouver International Film Festival – Sept. 30 & Oct. 4, 2015
Rio de Janeiro – Oct. 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 2015
BendFilm Festival – Oct. 9, 10, 2015
GlobeDocs Film Festival – Oct. 10, 2015
Cine Eco Environmental Film Festival (Portugal) – Oct. 13, 2015
Tallgrass Film Festival – Oct. 15 & 16, 2015
Margaret Mead/Imagine Science Film Festivals joint screening – Oct. 23, 2015
Planet in Focus Environmental Film & Video Festival – Oct. 23, 2015
Manchester Science Festival (UK) – Oct. 24-25, 2015
Planeta.doc International Socio-Environmental Film Festival (Brazil) – Oct. 26-Dec 25, 2015
Savannah Film Festival – Oct. 27 & 31, 2015
Denver Film Festival – Nov. 4-15, 2015
Tales from Planet Earth – Nov. 7, 2015
Tassie eco Film Fest (Australia) – Nov. 13, 2015
Hawaii International Film Festival – Nov. 13 & 22, 2015
Harvard Film Archive – Dec. 3, 2015
Bertha DocHouse (UK, “The Best of Sheffield Doc/Fest” program) – Dec. 5, 2015

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