Institute Advisory Board member Lawrence Bender discussed the DVD release of his film, “Countdown to Zero.”

The documentary “Countdown to Zero,” recently released on DVD and Blu-ray, is a stark look at the issue of nuclear proliferation and the consequences of what would happen if a nuclear device was launched in today’s political climate. Written and directed by Lucy Walker (”Waste Land”), the film features the opinions of former President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair, and was produced by Lawrence Bender, who when not making socially-conscious documentaries like “Countdown” and 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is producing action films with Quentin Tarantino.

Bender took time off from shooting “Safe,” an action film starring Jason Statham, to speak to about balancing projects, how he chooses which causes to take up in his documentaries, securing interviews with high-ranking officials and world leaders, working with Participant Media, Global Zero, the social action campaign tied to “Countdown to Zero” and future films.

To read the full interview by Michelle Kung click here.