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SPOTLIGHT

COMMAND AND CONTROL

Directed by Robert Kenner
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 92 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE COMMAND AND CONTROL
September 18, 1980, 6:25 p.m., Titan II base in Damascus, Arkansas. On this fateful night an explosion kills an Air Force member and transforms the lives of everyone on the base. Honing in on a single case of so-called “human error”, Command and Control juxtaposes precision on a minute scale against the gargantuan risks inherent in the United States’ aggressive nuclear proliferation policy during the Cold War. This high-stakes documentary thriller draws connections between Titan, the Bravo test at Bikini Atoll, and a B-52 crash above Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1961 to show, as First Lieutenant Allan Childers notes in one scene, “When you’re working on a weapon of mass destruction, you’re counting on everything to work perfect all the time — and things just don’t work perfect all the time.”

—Genna Terranova
Documentary
About the Director(s)
Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is one of the top grossing theatrical documentaries. It received widespread acclaim, multiple awards including two Emmys and an Academy Award nomination, and has influenced food policy decisions. Kenner has also directed specials for National Geographic and PBS’s American Experience, award-winning commercials and corporate films.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Robert Kenner
  • Screenwriter:
    Robert Kenner, Eric Schlosser
  • Producer:
    Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels, Eric Schlosser
  • Editor:
    Kim Roberts, A.C.E.
  • Cinematographer:
    Paul Goldsmith, Jay Redmond
  • Composer:
    Mark Adler
  • Story By:
    Brian Pearle, Kim Roberts
  • Cast:
    Rodney Holder, Allan Childers, Eric Schlosser, Bob Peurifoy, Bill Stevens, Dave Powell, Jeffrey Plumb, Harold Brown, David Pryor, Skip Rutherford, Col. John Moser, Col. Ben Scallorn, Sid King, Mona Harper, Sam Hutto, James Sandaker, Greg Devlin

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Donna Daniels
    Daniels Murphy Communications
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212 414 0408
    ddaniels@danielsmurphy.com
  • Print Source
    Vanessa Ruiz
    WGBH Educational Foundation
    Brighton, MA 02135
    Phone: 617 300 5953
    vanessa_ruiz@wgbh.org
  • US Sales Contact
    Lauren Prestileo
    WGBH
    Brighton, MA 02135
    Phone: 617 300 5329
    lauren_prestileo@wgbh.org
  • International Sales Contact
    Tom Koch
    PBS International
    Brighton, MA 02135
    Phone: 617 208 0735
    jtkoch@pbs.org

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