The highly anticipated new documentary, Command and Control, which presents a chilling account of one of many near nuclear disasters America has faced – and still faces – is opening in select theaters across the country for a limited time.
The film, based on the eponymous bestselling book by renowned journalist Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), will kick-off its theatrical release in New York on September 14, followed by screenings rolled out over the next month in in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Atlanta, among many other cities.
About the film: A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident that ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster.
Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.), Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of this long-hidden story. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense — chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
Learn more about the film, and why the lessons learned are so important today as the US is set to rebuild its entire nuclear arsenal – a dangerous and unnecessary plan estimated to cost taxpayers some 1 trillion dollars.
Photo: Titan II missile in the missile silo at the Titan Missile Museum, Pima County, Arizona