The Atomic Cafe

A compilation film juxtaposing Cold War history, propaganda, music and culture, "The Atomic Cafe" was created by 3 filmmakers over a 5-year period from government-produced educational and training films, newsreels and advertisements. "The Atomic Cafe" teaches the public how to live in the Atomic Age, how to survive a nuclear attack--and how fight and win a nuclear war. Armageddon was never so darkly funny as it is in “The Atomic Cafe." As a U.S. Army training film advises, "Viewed from a safe distance, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man." We're excited to present this 1982 cult classic in a sparkling, 4K digital restoration, created by IndieCollect.

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Director: Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
Producer: Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
Editor: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty
Additional Credits: Archival Research: Pierce Rafferty, Sound Editor: Margie Crimmins


Jonathan Hertzberg
Public Film Contact
Jayne Loader
The Archives Project
Publicity Contact
Nicholas Kemp
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Special Events
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 88:00 mins