Hiroshima Bound


Hiroshima Bound

documentary, 56min, U.S., 2015
In english


DIRECTOR: martin Lucas

Hiroshima Bound is a personal documentary about growing up in the shadow of the Atom Bomb, a film that follows the story of the bombing of Hiroshima through the history of specific photos and film footage taken, sometimes hidden, sometimes displayed over the intervening sixty years. The film interrogates those images through the life experiences of witnesses to the bomb's effects, and follows the filmmaker from a "duck-and-cover" childhood with parents involved with the US nuclear program to encounters with some of the remaining witnesses of the 1945 bombing. The film intertwines these two journeys to explore and unpack the trauma and myth surrounding the culture of Hiroshima representation in American memory.

Director: Martin Lucas is a media artist and educator. Since his first film, Tighten Your Belts, Bite the Bullet (with Jon Miller and James Gaffney, NYFF 1980), about the bankrupting of NYC in the 1970s, he has used the tools of film, video and still imaging to look at social injustice, and the complexities of the human relationship with science and technology in the contexts of communications, economics and war. His work has been featured at museums, festivals and galleries in Europe, Asia and North America. His recent film, Cold Shutdown, (2012) looks at citizen scientists dealing with the radiation blanketing the Fukushima region of Japan. Martin teaches documentary production, history and theory at Hunter College, City University of New York, where he has served as the director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program. He is the co-author, with Kelly Anderson, of Documentary Voice &; Vision: A Creative Approach to Non-Fiction Media Production (NY, Focal Press, 2015.) Martin has a BFA in Film Production from NYU; Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Art.