The Ridgway-Ouray Community Council offers a free screening of Uranium Drive-In, a documentary film about the emotional debate surrounding the proposed Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill, on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at Ridgway’s Sherbino Theater. Free refreshments are available at 6:45 p.m. and the Sherbino’s cash bar will be open.
Uranium Drive-In tells the haunting story of an economically devastated community striving for one last chance at survival. Named for Naturita’s drive-in theater, the film follows the proposed uranium mill – the first to be built in the U.S. in 30 years – and the debate dividing a population desperate for jobs.
A Telluride-based environmental group that opposes the project is not popular with many in Naturita’s severely depressed community. Caught in between are those who want to see their town survive but remember the health and environmental consequences of the last western uranium boom. The film offers no easy answers but aims to capture personal stories behind this complex issue.
Director Suzan Beraza immersed herself in debates and hearings on the proposed mill and spent two years getting to know Naturita residents. “I grew to understand that the issue wasn’t nearly as black and white as I had originally thought,” she said. “Many factors need to be weighed when we, as a nation, decide on a sustainable energy future.”
This film screening is part of the ROCC Talk series, presented free to the public by the Ridgway-Ouray Community Council on the third Thursday of even-numbered months.
The Ridgway-Ouray Community Council is a nonprofit community organization whose mission is to build, nourish and protect the healthy spirit of our community. ROCC is dedicated to quality of life issues that will help shape the future of Ouray County.