A group of community college students in Mount Shasta, CA, protest their town's decision to manufacture atomic weapons. Directed by Jack Paradise, “Atomic Football” is a hard to classify oddity, part send-up to corny 80’s movies about imminent nuclear attacks, part stylish European art film. As the picketing student body fights to keep a power plant away, they are subdued by their own administration, including one professor who gives the kids a lecture called “Nukes: Fact vs Fiction,” largely consisting of an old propaganda film from the 1950’s purporting (unconvincingly) that nuclear energy is safe. One student in particular, a quiet but intense kid named Calvin, seems increasingly disturbed by the issue, especially after a prepper friend, who has built a replica of the nuclear plant in his dorm room, gets in his ear about what will happen when the shit goes down, and about his plan to survive a meltdown. Paradise’s film beats to its own drum, leaning into its awkwardness and peculiarities, and landing in a sweet spot between the target and no-man’s land. [Watch on YouTube]. (10 minutes). Written, Directed, Edited by Jack Paradise. Starring Jon Paul Arciniega, Tim Franco, Sophie Day, Ryan Browne, Alaina Lopilato.