NEW YORK, NY – MAY 28, 2013 – Vulcan Productions, Paul G. Allen’s award-winning media company, has signed on as a production partner of Pandora’s Promise, the groundbreaking documentary by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, and is set for a nationwide theatrical release by distributor Abramorama to select cities on June 12, 2013. The film will debut on CNN/U.S. in November.

Vulcan Productions, which joins Jim and Susan Swartz and Impact Partners in producing the film, will help to ensure the impact of the film by providing campaign strategy, impact measurement, as well as financial support. Allen and Vulcan Productions President Jody Allen have come onboard as Executive Producers.

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? Pandora’s Promise asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty.

Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have converted from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger.

“Pandora’s Promise presents nuclear power as a hopeful solution to climate change, and is opening people’s minds about one of the most critical issues of our time,” says Vulcan Productions founder Paul G. Allen. “This is exactly the type of thought-provoking project we are proud to partner on and support.”

Stone states, “Vulcan Productions is an ideal partner because my film – at its very foundation – is rooted in the exploration of a new kind of environmentalism that embraces technology and science over ideological orthodoxy. Solutions for addressing climate change are going to require a robust commitment to the development and deployment of new energy technologies, and having the support of a leader such as Paul is simply invaluable.”


“We are thrilled to be working with Paul and Jody, and their terrific team of executives,” says Cogan, Executive Director of Impact Partners. “They see climate change the same way we do – as an epoch-defining challenge that requires all hands on deck. As an expert in the way technology can change the face of the future, Paul is a great partner to have in making the case to the American people that advanced nuclear power is a solution hiding in plain sight.”

Producer Jim Swartz adds, “All great projects continue to attract talent and support if they are successful; the endorsement of Vulcan Productions is rewarding and speaks to the gathering power of this film.”

Undaunted and fearlessly independent, Pandora’s Promise is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.


About Vulcan Productions

Founded by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, Vulcan Productions produces compelling films, innovative digital programs, and outreach initiatives designed to explore critical issues and inspire people to take action. Its programs have won numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, and the Wildscreen Panda Award.  Acclaimed films and series from the documentary group include Girl Rising (2013); This Emotional Life (2010); Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007); Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge (2005); No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005); Strange Days on Planet Earth (2005); Black Sky: The Race For Space, and Black Sky: Winning the X Prize (2004); Lightning in a Bottle (2004); The Blues (2003) and Evolution (2001). Vulcan Productions’ social action campaigns include an impact campaign for This Emotional Life, and outreach toolkits dedicated to early attachment and support of military families. It also developed Success at the Core, a web-based education initiative that uses media to help school leadership teams enhance instruction.  Learn more at

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