Tailings is a short documentary film about radioactive contamination in rural New Mexico.
Just outside the snowy, crumbling town of Grants, New Mexico, is a
200-acre pile of toxic uranium waste, known as tailings. After 30 years
of failed cleanup, the waste has deeply contaminated the air and water
near the former uranium capital of the world. While those in town want
the prosperity that new uranium mining would bring, the 200 residents
who live near the tailings pile have had enough of the uranium legacy.
TAILINGS is a cinematic, Gasland-esque investigation into the
little-known conflict that is a grim reminder of the past, and a timely
notice for the future of nuclear energy.
RUNNING TIME: 12 minutes
RELEASE INFO: TAILINGS is currently playing at film festivals around the United States.
FORMAT: HD, 16x9 widescreen
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Director, Co-Cinematographer, Editor
is a documentary filmmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sam is a graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production, and
works as a freelance documentary filmmaker around the United States.
Chris Cresci is a documentary filmmaker from Walla Walla, Washington. Chris' last collaboration with Sam, AMONG GIANTS,
played at over 50 film festivals, winning 8 awards. Chris graduated
from Chapman University in 2012 with dual BFAs in Film Production and
Advertising, and now works as a documentary filmmaker, based out of Flagstaff, AZ.
Joe Sill is an undergraduate directing emphasis at Chapman University. He has
directed an array of commercials, music videos and short films -
however, he is also an ardent motion graphics artist, a talent that he
eagerly pursues as often as he can.
is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Santa Monica, CA.
Polly holds a MA from Brown University in Computer Music and Multimedia,
and has composed for a variety of clients, including Toyota, GE, and
Lillie Wojcik is finishing her bachelor's degree in public
relations in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman
University. She specializes in entertainment marketing, specifically for
Very Special Thanks:
Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment
Southwest Research and Information Center