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‘Nuclear Now’ features Idaho laboratory, screens in Idaho May 1, 2

April 14, 2023

By INL Media Relations

Idaho National Laboratory invites members of the eastern Idaho community to attend local screenings of “Nuclear Now,” a new documentary from Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone that features interviews and footage from INL. 

The film, which premiered at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, will be shown May 1 and 2 at the Edwards Theater in Ammon. The May 1 screening at 7:30 p.m. will feature panelists from INL answering questions at the end. Due to a strong local response, a second screening was added for May 1 at 8 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m., May 2 showing was added.  

Tickets are available at the Regal Edwards website. Information about other theatrical screenings, including in Boise and Coeur d’Alene, is at To watch the “Nuclear Now” trailer, visit  

“Nuclear Now,” is based on Professor Joshua S. Goldstein’s book, “A Bright Future,” which makes the case for nuclear power as a safe, low-emissions energy solution in the face of climate change. During filming, Stone, a two-time Best Director Oscar winner, was granted access to nuclear experts and facilities in France, Russia and the U.S., including INL, which he and his crew visited in March 2021. 

During the visit, Stone interviewed Ashley Finan, former director of the National Reactor Innovation Center, and Shannon Bragg-Sitton, the lab’s director of Integrated Energy & Storage Systems. The film also features onsite interviews with Jacob DeWitte and Caroline Cochran, co-founders of Oklo, an advanced nuclear startup company with plans to build a demonstration reactor at INL by mid-decade.  

“Climate change has brutally forced us to take a new look at the ways in which we generate energy as a global community,” said Stone in an interview with Deadline. “Long regarded as dangerous in popular culture, nuclear power is in fact hundreds of times safer than fossil fuels, and accidents are extremely rare. This is, in my mind, the greatest story of our time, discussing humanity’s arc from poverty to prosperity and its mastery of science to overcome the modern demand for more and more energy.”  

INL is working with the film’s distributors to encourage local showings of “Nuclear Now.” It is opening in select media markets April 28, with more widespread showings May 1. Groups or individuals interested in hosting screenings of their own can visit the film’s website or contact [email protected]. 

INL News Release
April 14, 2023 

Sarah Neumann, (208) 520-1651, [email protected]
Lori McNamara, (208) 520-6066, [email protected] 

About Idaho National Laboratory

Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, celebrating 75 years of scientific innovations in 2024. The laboratory performs research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and the environment. 

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Posted April 14, 2023

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