Seconds of exposure, generations of debate, the history of nations, and epochs of geologic change – all overlap in the landscapes that define the American nuclear legacy and the quest to isolate 77,000 tons of nuclear waste for 10,000 years.
Part dystopian exposé and part vérité tableau, TO USE A MOUNTAIN presents vignettes of ruin and salvation in six candidate communities for the nation’s nuclear dumping ground, entwining rural geographies of the atomic age with the dreams, disillusionments, and fortitudes of the stories that live within them.
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CASEY CARTER, DIRECTOR
CASEY CARTER is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary designer and researcher whose work engages nonfiction storytelling in film, photography, data visualization, and cartography. His photographs have been published and exhibited in the U.S., Ecuador, and China. He was a 2017-2018 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Fellow. He holds bachelors degrees in both physics and photography from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. TO USE A MOUNTAIN will be his first feature film.
COLLEEN CASSINGHAM, PRODUCER
COLLEEN CASSINGHAM is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker and Production Manager at Multitude Films. Her credits as Associate Producer include ALWAYS IN SEASON, which won the Special Jury Prize for Moral Urgency at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (Tribeca 2018), and LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca 2017). She directed the short documentary FROM DAMASCUS TO CHICAGO, which was broadcast on POV in 2017 and selected as an Editor’s Pick at The Atlantic. She was a 2017-2018 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio fellow. Colleen graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Middle East and North African studies.