Countdown to Zero reveals the truth behind an issue on which human survival itself hangs - the very real possibility of nuclear disaster. From the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Countdown is a chilling wakeup call about the urgency of the nuclear threat.
Countdown to Zero is directed by Lucy Walker and produced by the Academy Award winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Lawrence Bender and Participant Media. The film is a fascinating and frightening exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, exposing a variety of present day threats and featuring insights from a host of international experts and world leaders who advocate the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Countdown to Zero is a chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat. It tells the striking story of uncertainty, exposing the real possibility of nuclear disaster and revealing the truth behind an issue on which human survival itself hangs.
Lucy Walker directed Waste Land, a 2010 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition entry. Waste Land follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and a lively group of catadores, or pickers of recyclable materials, on an uplifting journey, from the world's largest garbage dump in Rio to the most prestigious auction house in London via the surprising transformation of refuse into contemporary art. Her most recent film, Blindsight, premiered in Toronto and received audience awards at the Berlinale, Ghent, AFI and Palm Spring Film festivals and nominations for Best Documentary at the 2007 Grierson and British Independent Film Awards. Blindsight follows the emotional journey of six blind Tibetan teenagers who climb up the north side of Mt. Everest with their hero, blind American mountaineer Erik Weihenmeyer, and their teacher, Sabriye Tenberken, who founded Braille Without Borders, the only school for the blind in Tibet. Lucy's first feature documentary Devil’s Playground examined the struggles of Amish teenagers during their period of experimentation (rumspringa) and premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to win awards at the Karlovy Vary and Sarasota film festivals, three Emmy Award nominations for Best Documentary, Best Directing and Best Editing and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary. Walker's credits also include Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, for which she was twice nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction in a Children's Series, and several award-winning narrative short films. Walker grew up in London, England, started directing theatre in high school and continued as an undergraduate at Oxford University, where her plays won prestigious Oxford University Dramatic Society awards. After graduating at the top of her class with a BA Hons and MA Oxon in Literature she won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend the Graduate Film Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her MFA. While at NYU she moonlighted as a musician and DJ. She currently lives in Venice Beach, CA.