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Atomic Ed and the Black Hole

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Genre  Documentary, Short
Cast  Ed Grothus
Director  Ellen Spiro
Music director  Laurie Anderson
Atomic Ed and the Black Hole movie poster
Release date  2001 (2001)
Producers  Ellen Spiro, Karen Bernstein
Similar movies  Trinity and Beyond (1995), Countdown to Zero (2010), The Atomic Cafe (1982), If You Love This Planet (1982), Nuclear Tipping Point (2010)

Atomic ed and the black hole

Atomic Ed and the Black Hole is a documentary released in 2001 by filmmaker, Ellen Spiro. The documentary was made for HBO's Cinemax Reel Life Series. Sheila Nevins served as Executive Producer and Lisa Heller served as Supervising Producer. Karen Bernstein served as Producer. Laurie Anderson provided her song, Big Science, for the soundtrack.


Ed Grothus (“Atomic Ed”) is a machinist-turned-atomic junk collector who more than 30 years ago quit his job of making atomic bombs and began collecting non-radioactive high-tech nuclear waste discarded from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Atomic Ed is the proprietor of “The Black Hole”, a second-hand shop and, next door, curator of the unofficial museum of the nuclear age. His collection reveals and preserves the history of government waste that was literally thrown in a trash heap.

Awards and festival screenings

  • Best Documentary Short, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2001
  • Audience Award and Judges Competition First Place Award, Alibi Short Film Fiesta, Albuquerque, 2001
  • Melbourne International Film Festival, 2001
  • Hot Springs International Film Festival, 2001
  • Peace and Justice Filmmaker's Award, 2001
  • San Francisco Documentary Festival, 2001
  • SITE Santa Fe, 2001.
  • Articles

  • Halleck, Deedee. Hand Held Visions: Atomic Ed and the Black Hole. 2007-4-12. Retrieved on 2007-6-20.
  • MacDonald, Scott. Pioneering Spirit: An Interview with Ellen Spiro. Public Culture Duke University Press. 14.3 (2002) 469-475. Retrieved on 2007-6-25.
  • References

    Atomic Ed and the Black Hole Wikipedia
    Atomic Ed and the Black Hole IMDb

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