Documentary reveals a family’s links to Nevada Test Site

April 15, 2011

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(Courtesy of Atomic Mom)
Atomic Mom tells the story of Pauline Silvia, a scientist at the Nevada Test Site in the 1950s.

Over the next three days, the Talking Pictures Festival will show more than twenty independent films at several locations in Evanston.

As its name implies, the festival will host discussions with the filmmakers following most screenings, including the documentary Atomic Mom.

The film follows the story of director M.T. Silvia’s mother, a scientist who studied radiation-exposed mice at the Nevade Test Site in the 1950s. Located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the nuclear test site covers over one thousand square miles of desert and mountainous terrain.

Jerome spoke with M.T. Silvia in 2008.

(Atomic Mom is at 3 pm at Northwestern University's MTC Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.)