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The Western Slope towns of Naturita and Nucla once boomed thanks to uranium mining in the area.

But when the mines closed in the 1980s, unemployment skyrocketed. So when plans for a new uranium mill were announced, many residents of the two towns welcomed the news.

Others, led by an advocacy group in Telluride, went to battle, saying the risks to health and the environment were too great.

The controversy is the subject of a new documentary by Telluride filmmaker Suzan Beraza, "Uranium Drive-In."

It's one of a number of documentaries at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival. Ryan Warner speaks with Beraza about the film.