Your tax-deductible contribution will help us complete a broadcast and an exhibition master and launch a national grassroots film tour.

POWER STRUGGLE A Project of Documentaries


Directed, Produced and Edited by Robbie Leppzer

A Turning Tide Production
in association NHK
(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

104 minutes


Democracy prevails when a nuclear engineer turned whistle-blower, a 93-year old grandmother, and a scrappy new governor join forces with an array of activists to score a rare grassroots environmental victory in shuttering an aging nuclear reactor in Vermont. A timely, inspiring story of real democracy in action; about whether citizens' voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future.

POWER STRUGGLE received its World Premiere screening at the Provincetown International Film Festival in June 2017.

How YOU Can Help!

We are in the midst of a campaign to raise $100,000 for the final technical post-production finishing costs to create exhibition and broadcast masters and to launch a national grassroots film tour beginning Fall 2017 and continuing throughout 2018.

Specifically, we need to raise a funds for film technical finishing and other completion costs, which include sound mixing, color correction, final graphics, digital mastering, archival footage license fees, music license fees, final master deliverables, deferred salaries and editing of web modules and shorter educational and broadcast versions.

Distribution costs include outreach coordination, promotion, advertising, printing, and travel to 60 screening events across the country.

Director Robbie Leppzer will conduct a national grassroots film tour throughout 2017 - 2018, speaking at community screenings hosted by grassroots activist organizations, independent theaters, and schools.

POWER STRUGGLE will be a catalyst to inspire renewed grassroots activism to close dangerous aging nuclear plants, as well as to inspire activism about climate change, advocacy for renewable energy, stopping fracking and pipelines, and enhanced citizen participation in our democracy.

YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help us achieve these goals!

It takes a village to start a grassroots movement, and it takes a village to launch a film about grassroots activism!

For more detailed information about our distribution plans, see below.

If you can host a fundraising party or would like to directly contact Director Robbie Leppzer, email: robbie AT turningtide DOT com.

Please also "like" our Facebook film page.

Film Description

POWER STRUGGLE chronicles the heated political battle to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, located on the banks of the Connecticut River, near the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border.

Filmed over five years, this feature-length documentary follows the unfolding drama as citizen activists and elected officials - alarmed at increasing safety violations - took on the federal government and one of the biggest nuclear power companies in America to call for closure of the reactor when its original 40-year license expires.

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 now closed Vermont Yankee site - and every nuclear power plant around the country - indefinitely into the future.

Directed and produced by Robbie Leppzer and Turning Tide Productions, based in Wendell, MA, in association with NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

About The Filmmaker

For the past 40 years, Robbie Leppzer has been making documentary films that chronicle people who stick their necks out to work for positive social change in the world.

Robbie is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and radio producer who has directed over thirty documentaries over the past forty years. His critically acclaimed feature-length and short documentaries, as well as commissioned television news magazine segments, about contemporary social issues have been broadcast by CNN International, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO/Cinemax, PBS, CNN, Sundance Channel, HDNet, Link TV, Free Speech TV, National Public Radio, and Pacifica Radio.

Check out our Turning Tide Productions website.

Grassroots Distribution Campaign for POWER STRUGGLE

POWER STRUGGLE will inspire a national discussion about the safety of aging nuclear plants and the viability of renewable energy alternatives, encourage dialog within the climate justice movement to address issues of nuclear safety and the long-term problems of nuclear waste, and encourage citizens to become active participants in decisions about sustainable future energy choices.

Robbie Leppzer, the film's director and a frequent speaker on college and university campuses with his 40-year collection of social issue documentaries, will conduct a national speaking tour and be available to be a headline speaker at 60 screening events across the country, followed by a panel discussion with local activists and a question and answer period.

Grassroots groups will be invited to use the film as part of their on-going educational, outreach, and fundraising campaigns to host screening events at local venues such as theaters, community centers, public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums and conferences.

We plan to develop a strong audience engagement and social impact outreach plan, as our film is intended to activate audiences to become more engaged in their communities with grassroots groups working on issues relating to a safe and sustainable energy future.

We will partner with key community outreach organizations that have proven track records in organizing successful grassroots outreach campaigns for social issue documentaries. Through coordination with partner issue-oriented organizations, the film will reach audiences beyond traditional independent film or television viewers.

High-priority groups for initial outreach will include community non-profit organizations that focus on the environment, nuclear power, climate change, climate justice, democracy, grassroots citizen empowerment, environmental justice, energy policy, renewable energy, energy and economic sustainability, economic justice, and health and safety.

Target communities would begin with the 16 localities surrounding reactors with GE Mark One designs, followed by direct outreach to all 60 communities near operating nuclear power plants.

$3,353 Raised
3% towards $100,000 Goal

Supported by 38 Donations:

  • Brian O.
    I Gave $75
    The very survival of Cape Cod could depend on shutting and securing Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
  • Maureen F.
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $75
    Thank you for this important work chronicling citizen action in the face of corporate and government power.
  • victoria  e.
    I Gave $100
    Great film, Robbie!!!
  • brenda & tom d.
    I Gave $25
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $25
    really great work!
  • Jennifer P.
    I Gave $100
    It's so important that this excellent film gets finished and distributed widely nationally and internationally.
  • Ann F.
    I Gave $50
    Congrats, Robbie, on completing this labor of love! Hope it will be influential in empowering others to join this Power struggle! In solidarity, Ann
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $1,000
  • William  M.
    Robbie, Thanks for all of your good work. Bill Murray & Alison Macrae
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $25
    Excellent-- captures very well the long struggle.
  • Dennis B.
    I Gave $100
    Proud to have been at Seabrook 1977. No Nukes!
  • Anne M.
    I Gave $50
  • William M.
    I Gave $250
    My wife and I were very impressed with the movie, the enthusiasm at the Academy yesterday, and the movement in general. Good luck with your rollout.
  • Merriam A.
    I Gave $15
  • Chris Rohmann & N.
    I Gave $50
    Sorry we couldn't make it to the screening -- here's the ticket price anyway!
  • Nancy S.
    I Gave $25
  • Bob G.
    I Gave $25
    Onward to Sundance
  • James O.
    VY employee
  • Nan R.
    I Gave $50
  • Ronald A.
    I Gave $25
    In honor of Francis Crowe.
  • Joanne M.
    I Gave $100
    Proud to support the film and to be there to honor Frances Crowe
  • Jonathan and Susan v.
    I Gave $25
    Thanks, Robbie, for chronicling this effort, and for the call it makes to further action.
  • Silhouette
    Hi Robbie, We are so excited to see your movie! (And we are very appreciative to all your mentoring of Alex.) Leslie & Michael Leff
  • Silhouette
    Robbie's films are so moving, and hopefully, moving us to more action! Thank you Robbie Leppzer.
  • Anna B.
    I Gave $25
    Robbie, thank you for all you're doing for the cause -- it's a big battle and you're playing a huge part in it.
  • Janet  A.
    I Gave $50
    Have been awaiting this event. Robbie you deserve so many thanks for the work that you do and all that you've accomplished in the past. Keep up the
  • Peter S.
    I Gave $50
  • Mary L.
    I Gave $100
    A picture is worth a 1,000 words; and Robbie's great talent is worth a million!
  • Suzanne C.
    I Gave $25
    This promises to be a great documentary of a most important topic!