COLD SHUTDOWN: Fukushima One Year After
[This film is] a short visit with the citizens of Fukushima Prefecture who are trying to protect the lives of their children and themselves in the face of the nuclear contamination of their region, still widespread a year after the disastrous meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Fukushima disaster, the biggest nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl, has contaminated thousands of square miles of Japan. It has also blown open the cozy relationship between politicians, the press and the nuclear power industry in Japan. A group of Fukushima grandmothers join the Occupy movement, and ordinary citizens, dealing with what the head of Japan’s Red Cross called an “information vacuum,” take matters into their own hands, exploring issues normally left to scientists, specialists, and ‘experts.’
Martin Lucas is a videomaker, educator and media activist living in Brooklyn, New York, whose work explores the links of the technological with languages of control and forms of resistance. As an early member of Paper Tiger Television Collective, Martin was one of the producers of The Gulf Crisis Television Project in 1991. His career includes works looking at urban crisis and the militarization of American culture including Earlier Incident, featured at the 2009 Niet Normaal Exhibition in Amsterdam and Treatment Plan recently screened at the Videoart.net Festival in New York. His work has been seen at locales including the Buena Vista Arts Center, San Francisco, the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, New York, The Knitting Factory, The New York Film Festival and the Ars Electronica, Linz.
For the last several years Martin has worked with Story Workshop in Malawi, Southern Africa, helping to develop production around gender violence, food security, and AIDS awareness.
Martin teaches video and new media production theory in the Integrated Media Arts Program of the Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has a BFA in film from New York University, and an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Art.