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International Documentary Association (Los Angeles, CA 90010-2207)
Ben Loeterman (Project Director: August 2021 to present)

Development of a documentary film chronicling the search for truth amidst the propaganda about the use of atomic weapons in World War II.

This is a development grant request for Bombshell, an intended 90-minute feature documentary, will trace how the US government constructed an appealing narrative for American consumption, how one reporter’s non-fiction masterpiece blew apart that narrative, causing national soul searching, and how Washington then enlisted Hollywood to re-assert its official line and instill it into the national conscience. Above all, Bombshell is about the power of narrative, perception, public opinion, and what we convince ourselves regardless of the truth.

Project fields:
Journalism; U.S. History

Media Projects Development

Public Programs

$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 7/31/2022