Even with many events getting postponed and schedules getting delayed around the country due to COVID-19 concerns, Iversen, executive producer of the “Full Body Burden” documentary, says they are moving right along on schedule. A production timeline on the film’s website expects the documentary to release this year. The team at Havey Pro Cinema has been doing interviews “constantly” over this last fall and spring, she says.
Iversen says the documentary will be much like her book, featuring facts and historical elements with human faces and stories to explain it.
“What I wanted to do with my book was to tell the story of Rocky Flats from as many different perspectives as possible," she says. "I could probably write 10 more books just based on all of the things I had to leave out of mine that I could only just kind of touch on.”
One particularly interesting interview that will appear in the documentary was with Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971. The Pentagon Papers were a set of classified documents that detailed the U.S. government’s decisionmaking in the Vietnam War. The Pentagon Papers showed insight into how the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations operated and resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that the First Amendment permitted the news media to publish the government secrets.
Ellsberg has been involved with Rocky Flats for a long time, beginning with early protests at the site in the ‘70s. Iversen says Ellsberg is an important part of her story. He was a part of a public advocacy group called the Rocky Flats Truth Force that fought to learn more about the public health and safety risks the plant posed to the neighboring community.
Ellsberg, 89, is energetic, amazing, smart and articulate, she says.
According to Iversen, Ellsberg “has always advocated for truth and transparency out there which has been hard to get.”
Although no release date has been set, the film will premiere in Denver. Iversen eventually hopes to show it near the Uptown campus at the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow Avenue.