The Bomb

  • Wed Sept 12
The Bomb

introduced by Matthew Evangelista (Government);
Free admission.

Kevin Ford, Smriti Keshari, Eric Schlosser

The Bomb is an experimental, music-driven film that takes viewers on a powerful, visceral journey through the culture and technology of nuclear weapons. The film emerged from a collaboration between director and editor Kevin Ford, artist and filmmaker Smriti Keshari, author and filmmaker Eric Schlosser, the graphic artist Stanley Donwood, animator The Kingdom of Ludd, and installation designer United Visual Artists, who premiered the project as a massive floor to ceiling installation with live music performed by the electronica/rock band The Acid at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.

Presented here as a single channel video, the film “is less about informing the viewer than about jarring them into the realization that we are no less safe now than during the height of the Cold War. As frightening as that sounds—and it should frighten you, which is the point—there is still an enthralling beauty to many of the images on display, especially atomic test films from the 1950s and 60s that show blossoming mushroom clouds, great balls of fire and the devastating effects of nuclear blasts on the land.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Cosponsored with the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and the CU Library.


Ithaca premiere
Digital Projection color
55 minutes
release year/country
2016 USA