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About a Mountain

Producers Joey Carey, Lily Henderson, Keith Miller


About a Mountain, based on the nonfiction book by John D’Agata, is an essay film set in the fantasy land of Las Vegas. The film follows three interwoven stories, all involving characters who scramble for answers to personal, environmental, and philosophical challenges. In the aftermath of her son’s suicide, a mother looks for clues that will explain the mystery of his death; a group of scientists work tirelessly to prove a nearby mountain can safely store the nation’s millions of tons of nuclear waste– even though it is highly dubious; and a journalist attempts to interpret and draw conclusions from both stories and ultimately struggles with the sometimes porous boundaries between fiction and nonfiction.