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Movie Night at ACME

Saturday, August 30th

We will Screen at Dusk

Erin Brockovich

Doors Open at 7pm

You are Invited Saturday, August 30th

ACME will be screening the Steven Soderbergh film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts.


Saturday, August 30th. Doors open at 7:00pm, film starts at Dusk.


Our last Movie Night at ACME was very informative. We screened the Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas film, THE CHINA SYNDROME. This film is loosely based on the SSFL Sodium Reactor Meltdown in 1959, yet many people associate it more with the Three Mile Island (TMI) incident as they occurred in the same year. The fact is THE CHINA SYNDROME was filmed the year before the TMI incident with a release date of March 16th, 1979. The incident at TMI began on March 28th, 1979. Truly a story of Life imitates Art. In the year 2006 researchers concluded that the incident at the SSFL in 1959 released up to 240 times the amount of radiation than TMI. The San Fernando Valley is now home to the Worst Nuclear Disaster on U.S. Soil.


Erin Brockovich’s own words…

…After being seriously injured in a traffic accident in Reno, my kids and I moved back to Southern California where I hired Jim Vititoe of Masry & Vititoe to handle my auto accident case in 1991. Not long after my case was resolved, I was hired to work at the law firm as a file clerk. While organizing papers in a pro bono real estate case, I found medical records in the file that caught my eye. After getting permission from one of the firm's principals, Ed Masry, I began to research the matter.

My investigation eventually established that the health of countless people who lived in and around Hinkley, California, in the 1960's, 70's and 80's had been severely compromised by exposure to toxic Chromium 6. The Chromium 6 had leaked into the groundwater from the nearby Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Compressor Station. In 1996, as a result of the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind, spearheaded by me and Ed Masry, the giant utility paid the largest toxic tort injury settlement in U.S. history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.

My investigating inspired the hit movie "Erin Brockovich", which highlighted my legal triumph and personal challenges. Released in March 2000 by Universal Studios, it starred JULIA ROBERTS as myself. The movie's great success led to numerous awards and nominations, including 5 Academy Award nominations and one win. Steven Soderbergh was nominated for an Oscar for “Best Director,” and Julia Roberts won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA Award for “Best Actress” for her portrayal of me.


One thing that links ACME to Erin Brockovich is after her victory with PG & E, Erin and Masry & Vititoe took on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.   We celebrate her tenacity and sheer will that led to so many victories and are left inspired to finish the job here at the SSFL.


We hope you will join us.