Turning Tide Productions
PO Box 864
Wendell, MA 01379
Call To Arrange
info [at] turningtide.comwww.turningtide.com
After 7 years in the making, filmmaker Robbie Leppzer is nearing completion of POWER STRUGGLE, a new 104-minute feature-length documentary film, which chronicles the grassroots political battle in Vermont to close an aging nuclear reactor.
Filmed over five years, the film follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials - alarmed at increasing safety violations at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant - took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor.
The film captures perspectives on all sides of the controversy, including from local residents both for and against nuclear power, elected officials, a Vermont Yankee spokesperson, federal regulators, and a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower.
An inspiring story of democracy in action, about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing to make a difference for a safe and sustainable energy future.
POWER STRUGGLE is also a warning about the toxic legacy of high-level radioactive waste that will remain at the Vermont Yankee site – and at every nuclear power plant around the country – indefinitely into the future.
Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer and Turning Tide Productions, in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).
Robbie Leppzer is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker with thirty-five years experience directing over thirty independent film, video, and
public radio documentaries for national and international distribution.
His critically acclaimed works about contemporary social issues and
multicultural themes have been broadcast globally by CNN International and
broadcast nationally in the United States and Canada by HBO/Cinemax, PBS, CNN,
Sundance Channel, HDNet, Black Entertainment Television, Link TV, Free Speech TV,
National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Robbie Leppzer is remarkably sensitive regarding the nuances of his
subject matter and protagonists. The result is filmmaking that is both
compelling and thought provoking." Geoff
Sundance Film Festival
BEATING THE ODDS: Inside Three Urban Charter Schools Narrated by Sarah Jones An inside look at three high-performing urban charter schools in the Boston area that serve mostly low-income, Black and Latino students, many of whom are several grade levels behind academically when they enroll. These schools set records for achievement and send the vast majority of their students on to college. Through interviews with students, teachers, and school leaders, as well as scenes depicting daily life inside the classroom and at school-wide events, BEATING THE ODDS presents an engaging examination of what makes these schools successful.
Currently under review for broadcast consideration by public television.
58 minutes • DVD
independent documentary filmmaker Robbie
Leppzer is available to speak on college campuses with a selected retrospective of his documentary films.
Leppzer skillfully elicited an usually lively and prolonged discussion.
In a perceptive way, he built on the students knowledge and differing
opinions to arrive at insights about media, democracy, and social change.
His presentation was so successful that it remained a topic of conversation
for the next several weeks." —Carlos
Fontes, Ph.D., Professor of Communications, Worcester State College
ACT OF CONSCIENCE Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival Nationally Broadcast on Cinemax, Sundance Channel, Free Speech TV
and Link TV.
Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, this
feature-length documentary chronicles the story of a family in
western Massachusetts whose home was seized by federal marshals
and IRS agents after they publicly refused to pay federal taxes
as a protest against war and military spending. World Premiere,
Sundance Film Festival. 90
ACT OF CONSCIENCE is one of the most deeply moving films Ive
seen in years. Seeing this movie lifts your spirits, exhilarates,
and offers hope."
Author of WORKING
and "THE GOOD WAR"
PEACE PATRIOTS Nationally Broadcast on Free Speech TV. Excerpts Nationally Broadcast on DEMOCRACY NOW! with Amy Goodman
on LinkTV and Free Speech TV.
by actress and Air America Radio host, Janeane Garofalo,
this feature-length documentary is an intimate portrait
of American dissenters reflecting on their personal participation
as engaged citizens in a time of war. The 78-minute film follows
a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 13 to 74,
including middle and high school students, college students,
teachers, clergy, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and the
Persian Gulf, as they take part in vigils, marches, theater
performances, and civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the
U.S.war in Iraq. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
contemporary music by Grammy Award winner Steve Earle,
Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Jonatha Brooke, Stephan
Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spooky, and original music by John
a time of sadness, thinking of the dead and maimed on both sides, THE PEACE PATRIOTS gives us hope and inspiration. I hope
it will be shown widely. —Howard Zinn, Author
of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
DIDNT DISCOVER US
A moving testimony about the impact of the Columbus legacy on
the lives of indigenous people from North, South, and Central
America. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
24 minutes DVD
A Journey Through Central America
A chronicle of five New Engtland young people who travel through
Guatemala and Nicaragua waging peace with "Hacky Sack"
to show how a cooperative footgame can be used to make cross-cultural
bridges. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
28 minutes DVD
our video collection of
social issue and multicultural video documentaries available
for purchase by educational institutions, community organizations,
and individuals. Topics include: Contemporary Social Movements,
The Americas, Indigenous People, The Vietnam War, Multicultural
Arts, and Substance Abuse.
Many of Robbie Leppzer’s documentaries have been filmed in Western Massachusetts, while others feature people from Western Massachusetts engaged in projects around the world. To view our documentary titles related to Western Mass, click here.
Tide Productions offers an array of digital
video services including DVD Authoring, Videography, Editing,
Field Producing, and Directing.
Credits: All website photos by Robbie Leppzer, unless otherwise noted.
Page Photo Credits: Maria Buscaglia (Top photo of Robbie Leppzer filming on location at the Roxbury Preparatory Public Charter School in Roxbury, MA for BEATING THE ODDS), Richard
Bancroft (COLUMBUS DIDN'T DISCOVER US and catalog cover), Sara Elinoff (Middle photo of Robbie Leppzer, plus bottom photo of Leppzer filming on location in Condega, Nicaragua for FUTBOLITO: A JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AMERICA).