3/12 Film in PDX

"Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance"



Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance” is a 46-minute documentary that follows anti-nuclear activists, Tribal leaders, scientists and attorneys as they draw lessons from the decades-long campaign to shut down the Trojan Nuclear Power plant in Oregon and extend those lessons into a new struggle: proposals for small modular nuclear reactors in the Pacific Northwest. Directed by Jan Haaken, the documentary features Columbia Riverkeeper Executive Director Lauren Goldberg and former Columbia Riverkeeper Board of Directors Member Cathy Sampson-Kruse.

We’ll kickoff with a screening of "Portrait 2: Trojan," directed by Vanessa Renwick, a Portland-based artist and filmmaker. The meditative five-minute film documents the emotional moment the Trojan tower was finally imploded. Following both documentaries, we will have a discussion and Q&A with a fantastic panel of speakers featured in the film.

  • WHAT: "Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance" Premiere Screening
  • WHEN: March 12, 2023 at 3-5 p.m. Informational tables start at 2:30 p.m., film starts at 3 p.m.
  • WHERE: Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
  • TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door (https://www.cinema21.com/movie/atomic-bamboozle)
  • COST: $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students
  • Limited number of sponsored tickets available for folks with financial need, contact kate@columbiariverkeeper.org for more information.


  • Jan Haaken, director, professor emeritus of psychology at Portland State University, a clinical psychologist, and documentary filmmaker
  • Lauren Goldberg, executive director for Columbia Riverkeeper with over a decade of experience advocating for Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup 
  • Lloyd Marbet, executive director Oregon Conservancy Foundation and longtime anti-nuclear activist
  • Cathy Sampson-Kruse, associate producer, enrolled member of the Walla Walla Tribe of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, retired social worker, and great-grandma
  • Greg Kafoury, attorney in private practice with Kafoury & McDoougal Attorneys, served as Co-Director of Don't Waste Oregon
  • Moderated by Dr. Patricia Kullberg, former medical director of Multnomah County Health Department and member of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Victory! Breaking News:

Great news! The company proposing new commercial nuclear reactors near the Columbia River at the Hanford Nuclear Site just pulled the plug...