COMMAND AND CONTROL, the thrilling new documentary from Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, the team behind the Oscar-nominated Food, Inc., has released its official trailer and poster.
The film which premiered to strong critical acclaim at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, will open in theaters on September 14, with a planned broadcast premiere on PBS American Experience next year.
From the director of the groundbreaking film Food, Inc., and the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated film Last Days in Vietnam, comes Command and Control, the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980.
Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, the chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. The film features the minute-by-minute accounts of Air Force personnel, weapon designers, and first responders who were on the scene that night. Command and Control reveals the unlikely chain of events that caused the accident and the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States – a warhead 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale of freak accidents, near misses, human fallibility and extraordinary heroism, Command and Control forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
Filmed in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo in Arizona, Command and Control is directed by Robert Kenner, and written by Kenner and Eric Schlosser. The film is produced by Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels and Schlosser.