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Codename P9 – A Public Screening

August 11, 2018

Film about Trail, B.C.’s role in making the atomic bomb debuts in the Kootenays

Ron with street poster on Ward St. in Nelson, B.C., promoting Codename P9.

My third documentary film, Codename Project 9, had its first public screening at the Expressions Cafe in Nelson, B.C., on August 6, 2018, 73 years after the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The film documents the role that the Trail smelter played in making the bomb, providing glimpses of the people who worked in the heavy water (P9) plant in Warfield, B.C. It gives viewers a short primer on the scientists who worked on the bomb at the ultra-secret Manhattan Project.

A second screening took place at the new Trail museum and library on August 8, one day before a second bomb was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. The screening was dedicated to William Leith, an engineer who appears in the film.

About 30-40 people attended the screening in each location. Some of those attending were relatives of people who worked in the P9 tower. Viewers both young and old were curious about the historic tower. Many asked questions and some contributed their own memories during discussions after the screenings.

Copies of the film on DVD can be purchased or rented at amazon.com. A companion booklet can also be purchased at amazon.com. Kootenays residents will also be able to see the film on Shaw Cable 10 with introductory and after-screening comments from the director. Broadcast dates and times to be posted here at a later date.

In addition, the film was also promoted on two Nelson radio stations, including clips from an interview conducted by local historian Greg Nesteroff. They can be heard at https://www.mynelsonnow.com/34236/film-explores-west-kootenays-role-in-atomic-bomb/ and https://www.mykootenaynow.com/28328/film-explores-comincos-role-in-atomic-bomb/

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