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A filmmaker embarks on a poignant journey with his parents to the secret city where they unknowingly contributed to the creation of the first atomic bombs.



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Shadow of the Bomb: Newlyweds Unknowingly Helped Create the First Atomic Weapon in New Documentary "Honeymoon in Oak Ridge"

Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Tripician delves into the complex legacy of the Manhattan Project in his poignant documentary, "Honeymoon in Oak Ridge." The film follows Tripician's parents, two of the 1,200 Army personnel unknowingly tasked with creating the first atomic bomb during World War II.


In 1998, 53 years after the Hiroshima bombing, Tripician takes his parents back to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where their honeymoon coincided with their secret wartime work. Through their recollections and rarely seen historical footage, the film unfolds a narrative of innocence, regret, and the enduring impact of their unwitting contribution to this devastating weapon.


Interwoven with their journey are candid reflections from Tripician's wife and daughters, examining how the legacy of the Manhattan Project resonates across generations. They grapple with the weight of pride and sorrow, recognizing both the scientific marvel and the unimaginable destruction born within Oak Ridge's guarded gates.


The Manhattan Project had a profound impact on individuals and generations. It transformed the world into a more dangerous place where a select group of people have the power of gods and the where the world’s destruction hangs in the balance.

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U.S. Screenings

Asheville (NC)

March 23, 2024: 3 pm

University of North Carolina Asheville UNCA

Sponsor: Western North Carolina Physicians For Social Responsibility (WNC-PSR)

Festival Program (PDF)

Chicago (IL)

March 31, 2024: 4:30 pm

Loyola University, Haymarket House, 

University of Chicago, Evanston Public Library

Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave

Las Vegas (NV)

April 30, 2024: 6 pm

The Beverly Theater

515 S 6th St Las Vegas NV 89101

Festival Program (PDF)

Innovative Film Festival West Hollywood

West Hollywood (CA)

July 3, 2024

The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills

1020 North San Vicente Boulevard

West Hollywood, California 90069



TBA: Late Spring / Early Summer

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International Screenings

Tokyo, Japan

May 1 - 31, 2024

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 1, 2024: 5 pm

The Modern Art Museum (MAM Rio) Cinematheque

Kaminari Japanese Film Festival

Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 〒150-0001

June 3, 2024



Joe Tripician is an EMMY-award winning producer, writer, director, and a published author, with over 35 years of experience in film, video, TV, and digital media production.


Joe's work has been broadcast and exhibited across America, Europe, and Japan, has shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.


In his varied career, Joe has worked with such talents as Jim Henson, Lou Reed, Steve Buscemi, Jeff Buckley, Danny Trejo, Tim Blake Nelson, and TONY Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.


Joe holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University in Film Production and Directing.

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