James Heddle and Mary Beth Brangan, life and work partners since 1983, are documentary video and radio producers, educators, community and international organizers. They co-direct EON, the Ecological Options Network, producing video reports and blogs on activists and organizations working - at local, national and international levels - for solutions to planetary challenges. They're currently working on a new documentary - Shutdown: The California Fukushima Connection - The legacy of nuclear energy, weapons and waste; The promise of a renewable energy transition.
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Documentaries by Brangan and Heddle have been broadcast and toured nationally and internationally; aired in Congress, the United Nations, on PBS, ABC, CNN, cable; and used in parliaments, universities, libraries and by citizens’ organizations and NGO’s worldwide. Their work has been honored at the Sundance, American, San Francisco Asian-American, Dallas, Hawaii International and Margaret Mead Film Festivals, among others.
James Heddle is a filmmaker, media producer, blogger and educator with a multifaceted career paralleling the evolution of media since the 1960's. He has taught media studies, communications and psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Grand Valley State Colleges, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Concordia University, Montreal; and Antioch University, Seattle, Washington where he headed the Graduate Psychology program and helped create the graduate program in Whole Systems Design. Since becoming an independent producer in 1982 he has devoted his energies to producing media for social change.
Mary Beth Brangan is an experienced organizer at the community, state, national and international levels. She was a co-founder of the successful movement against the nuclear waste dump in Ward Valley California on the Colorado River, source of drinking water for millions of people. She was involved in successful campaigns to stop aerial spraying of pesticides over urban Bay area counties, promote Community Choice energy, defeat PG&E’s Proposition 16, block unchecked proliferation of cell tower antennas and in the push back against forced installation of wireless 'smart' meters.
Jim and Mary Beth are intervenors in the California Public Utilities Commission proceedings, advocating for a community wide “opt out” for the more than 56 cities and counties that oppose the forced installation of wireless utility meters. Since the stolen election of 2004, they’ve been part of the national movement to expose election fraud - by electronic voting, gerry mandering, blocking easy voter registration, the modern "Jim Crow" ID laws, etc.
EON 3 also remains active with the state wide Nuclear Free California Movement, focused now on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo and dealing with the radioactive waste at shut down San Onofre Nuclear Station in San Clemente. As members of the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network they filed a petition to the FDA advocating food monitoring for radiation contamination in food and supplements and are members of the Fukushima Response Network Bay Area forming networks of cooperation with Japanese activists and spreading the new mantra about radioactivity: Learn, Measure, Avoid.
Filmmakers MARY BETH BRANGAN (rt.) & JAMES HEDDLE (ctr.) Co-Direct EON and the SHUTDOWN project.
Producer/Editor MORGAN PETERSON (lft.) - also contributes her videography, design and interviewing skills.
SHUTDOWN: The California-Fukushima Connection is a forthcoming documentary production of EON - the Ecological Options Network
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