Lasso The Sun
With the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl disasters fading from public consciousness, nuclear energy is inching back into vogue across the globe. Its proponents, including prominent environmentalists like Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, and Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth catalogue, market this new nuclear wave as a viable “green” product—unlike “dirty” coal and petroleum—and as a more reliable energy source than solar or wind, In short, they say, it is a local utility that can help any nation achieve energy independence while reducing CO2 emissions. The BP gulf oil spill will more than likely thrust these evaluations further into public consciousness.
In the United States, the greater Four Corners region is very rich in several energy sources: coal; natural gas; uranium; petroleum; and sun, which has made it an epicenter of energy development and production since World War II. Uranium production rose to prominence and took center stage during the Manhattan Project and its reign continued until a sustained uranium crash began in the early 1980s. Although coal and natural gas are now dominant, a vigorous renewed pursuit in uranium production has blossomed over the last two or three years. This is where our primary interest as filmmakers lies: Lasso The Sun is about the sociological, cultural, environmental, and medical impact uranium production has had— and may, once again, have—on the people and communities inhabiting the Colorado Plateau of the Southwestern United States.Lasso The Sun will focus on the “front-end” of the nuclear fuel cycle.
In brief, there are four phases to the cycle:
1. Mining of uranium ore and the milling of the ore into yellowcake;
2. Enriching yellowcake into fuel rods;
3. “Burning” the fuel in nuclear reactors; and
4. Storing the highly radioactive spent fuel.
But after reading this info, our film is going to be altered after what happened in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.
So here is one of the old trailers. By no means is this what the final product will be for Lasso The Sun. These trailers are used to give a sketch and a vibe of what we are looking for.