Film Series

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island, Screening & Conversation

March 20, 2024

Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island is an award-winning film about the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown – the worst commercial nuclear power accident in U.S. history – and its aftermath. It uncovers the never-before-told stories of four intrepid homemakers who take their local community’s case against the plant operator all the way to the Supreme Court – and a young female journalist who’s caught in the radioactive crossfire.

On March 20, FOLCS was joined by director Heidi Hutner, law professor Joanne Doroshow, and the mothers featured in the film for a screening and Conversation. The timing of this event is especially significant, as this March marks the 45th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown.

This event was hosted at New York Law School, and was produced in partnership with the Center for Justice & Democracy and the New York Law School WILF Impact Center for Public Interest Law.

Heidi Hutner
Director, Writer, Producer

Heidi Hutner, Award-Winning Director, Writer, and Producer, is an Award-Winning Professor of Environmental Humanities and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, and a scholar of nuclear and environmental history, literature, film, and ecofeminism. She is the winner of Sierra Club Long Island’s 2015 Environmentalist of the Year Award. At SBU, Hutner chaired the Sustainability Studies Program for six years and was Associate Dean in the School of Marine, Atmospheric Science. Hutner publishes widely as a writer and journalist on nuclear, environmental, environmental justice, and gender issues. She regularly gives public talks. Her current book project, RADIOACTIVE: Women and Nuclear Disasters, will accompany the documentary and forms the basis of the documentary project. Hutner’s many books, book chapters, and essays have been published by Oxford University Press, University of Virginia Press, Palgrave, Rowman and Littlefield, Broadview, and she has written for the New York Times -Dot Earth, Ms. Magazine, Public Radio InternationalLongreads, AEON, DAME, Spirituality and HealthMom’s Clean Air ForceYes!, Tikkun, and more. Hutner produces a popular sustainability web video show in which she interviews Nobel Peace Prize winners, McArthur Genius Fellows, and other luminaries. She recently appeared on the NBC News Think episode, “Clean Water is a Human Right” and gave a Tedx on “Eco-Grief and Ecofeminism.”  Hutner was the associate producer of the off-Broadway climate-change musical, Endangered. She is in development, with Richard Saperstein, President of Bluestone Pictures (formerly with Miramax and Fine Line) on several documentary and scripted film projects. RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island is Hutner’s first film.

Joanne Doroshow
Adjunct Professor, Attorney

Joanne Doroshow is the founder and executive director of the Center for Justice & Democracy and co-founder of Americans for Insurance Reform (AIR). She is also Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where she teaches “Congressional Consumer and Civil Justice.” An attorney, Doroshow has worked on civil justice issues since 1986, when she directed an insurance industry and liability project for Ralph Nader. Together, they developed some of the first educational materials used to fight “tort reform” around the country including Goliath: Lloyd’s of London in the United States (1988) and Safeguarding Democracy: The Case for the Civil Jury (1992).

Doroshow founded CJ&D in 1998. As CJ&D Executive Director, she has testified before the U.S. Congress many times and appeared before numerous state legislatures around the country. She has written or co-authored numerous CJ&D studies and white papers on civil justice and insurance issues for both CJ&D and AIR. As a nationally recognized civil justice expert, she has appeared on television and radio programs on CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. She is regularly quoted in publications nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times. In addition, she appears in the 2011 HBO documentary, Hot Coffee.

Doroshow has film and television production experience as well. She was one of the producers of the 1992 Academy Award-winning documentary, The Panama Deception, and has worked on the theatrical and broadcast distribution of a number of films. In 1994 and 1995, she was a Segment Producer and Coordinating Producer for TV Nation, the Emmy Award-winning humorous political show. She was also a Coordinating Producer of the documentary Sicko (2007) and an Associate Producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004).

From 1981 through 1985, Doroshow was lead counsel and spokesperson for TMI Alert, a community group working to block the restart of the TMI-1 nuclear reactor after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident and whose case reached the U.S. Supreme Court. She is featured in both the 2022 Emmy-nominated Netflix limited series Meltdown: Three Mile Island, and the 2023 feature documentary Radioactive: The Women of Three Mile Island. In 1982, she worked on the successful Supreme Court appeal of the Karen Silkwood case. From 1989 to 1990, Doroshow was the director of California-based Bhopal Justice Campaign, a coalition of community groups and leaders fighting for statewide support for victims of the India gas disaster.