Where Once Was Water (Canceled)
A solutions-oriented documentary that reveals how the driest city in the U.S leads the country in sustainable water conservation.
Thank you for joining us in this endeavor. We are proud and grateful to include you in this project. However, under the present circumstances of the hurricanes and subsequent flooding, we are postponing this public campaign. Your pledge will be nullified with the campaign as of Monday, September 11th.
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Where Once Was Water is an upbeat, solutions-oriented documentary that tells the story of how the driest city in the United States, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, leads the country in sustainable water conservation. Surprise! Its Las Vegas, Nevada. Better known for bright lights and extravagance, Las Vegas is certainly the most unlikely city to lead the nation in this effort. The development of the innovative techniques that enabled the constantly expanding city to emerge today as a leader in water conservation are primarily due to the efforts of Patrica Mulroy, known to some as the Water Tsar of Las Vegas.
We have been given all the water on earth that will ever exist. There will be no one, human-created, technological solution whether the technology embraces water wheels, purifying seawater, or processing waste. There is no easy solution for our over-consumption of freshwater, a resource long mistakenly thought to be infinitely renewable. There is no easy exit from drought and pollution. Our mission is to create a story that will attract and inform, bringing further awareness to the escalating problem of the global water crisis. Different locations demand different solutions and present different financial challenges. Where Once Was Water presents a very particular situation existing in a unique terrain that will focus on innovative solutions that could serve as models in other parts of the world.
We look at the challenges our water resources face and how to design a global stewardship that does not allow the rights of all peoples to be denied because of poverty, greed, mismanagement or attempted genocide. We know that solutions can only come through the combined wisdom and maturity of world cultures and more fundamentally, through our understanding and respect for the water that remains. Where Once Was Water seeks to bring a fundamental understanding to diverse audiences in order to better equip us all to face the future.
We've already filmed about 25 hours and need to return to Las Vegas for another 20 days when temperatures permit. The funds raised through this campaign will go towards the following costs:
Cinematographer, Permits, Stock Photography, Legal Fees, Music, Travel/Hotels/Meals, Insurance, Equipment.
We hope that you will consider this film to be a group endeavor as the issue is so important to us all. This is why we would like to reward your generosity, as a credited participant, rather than sending out an unwanted reward. We want to be able to list as many people as possible in order to show our appreciation and therefore have selected bodies of water to represent levels of participation in the credits.
Christopher Beaver, Director
Diana Fuller, Producer
To learn more, please visit our website.
Distributor: Green Planet Films
More Information About the Film
Patricia Mulroy, the controversial founder of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, reveals the story of her battle to achieve greater water sustainability for Southern Nevada and Las Vegas. Her strength and leadership have helped to launch a quiet revolution that will shape water policies for decades to come.
Created as an artificial reservoir in 1934 during the construction of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead provides 90% of the water for Southern Nevada including Las Vegas. Now threatened by a seventeenth year of drought, Las Vegas is on the verge of a full-scale water shortage if Lake Mead drops another three feet; causing potential cutbacks across all sectors.
To survive and thrive, Las Vegas has created innovative water conservation technologies and policies to protect the city’s economy that currently serves forty-two million visitors a year.
In attempt to leverage its reputation and deal with its expansion, Las Vegas is turning itself into a hub for new and innovative water technology. Everything is watched, measured and checked. Water is recycled and returned to the source. Every drop is monitored acoustically to detect possible leaks within 6500 miles of pipes. These groundbreaking water solutions could serve as models for other cities around the world. Some are saying it may even become the Silicon Valley of Water Conservation!
Additionally, in terms of filmmaking, the visual possibilities of Las Vegas, in all its extravagance as well as the beauty of the surrounding desert and the machinery of water transportation, enhance our ability to make a film that will surprise as well as, inform and educate.
WATER IS LIFE!
SOLVING THE PROBLEM
Audiences are interested in solutions! As a follow-up to our film, Racing to Zero, and in the same style of investigation with humanity and humor, Where Once Was Water, will completely focus on solutions to global water issues present and future. We choose this approach to differentiate ourselves from the many other films on water. An investigation of the realities of problem solving hold far more interest than leaving us depressed about an unsolvable, global crisis. Every idea counts.
Chris produces and directs multi-media projects concerned with the human experience of the environment. His films as a producer, writer, and director include Dark Circle, a feature documentary, winner of a National Emmy Award and a Certificate of Special Merit from the Academy Awards documentary committee; Treasures of the Greenbelt and Secrets of the Bay, about San Francisco Bay and the surrounding open countryside; and Tales of the San Joaquin – A River Journey about California’s Central Valley, nominated for the Pare Lorentz Award of the International Documentary Association. Beavers' works-in-progress Tulare, The Vanished Lake, and the award-winning documentary, Racing To Zero, reflect his recent focus on water issues and how they affect the environment.
Diana is a freelance curator, editor, and producer and the on-going director of the Screenwriting Program at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her credits include that of Producer for the award winning films, Racing To Zero and Acuerdo. She is the editor of Art/Women/California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, published in 2004, by University of California Berkeley Press. Fuller has been a curator for contemporary art exhibitions for 40 years. She serves on the Boards of the SVCOW, The Artists in Residence Program at Recology and the Conflict Awareness Project. She is Board President of Roxie Theater.
Maureen Gosling has been a documentary filmmaker for more than forty years and is best known for her twenty-year collaboration with independent director, Les Blank. Gosling recently edited Smokin’ Fish by Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann. Gosling’s 16mm feature documentary Blossoms Of Fire, on the legendary Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, won the Coral Award for Best Foreign Documentary at the Havana International Film Festival. Gosling’s most recent projects include: This Ain’t No Mouse Music: The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records, with Chris Simon, Racing To Zero directed by Chris Beaver, and Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Color and Culture, with Maxine Downs.
Sound designer, composer, engineer and technical producer, Jim works in collaboration with playwrights, radio producers, filmmakers, performance artists and product designers. His experience includes mixing and sound design for stage, dance, feature films, national broadcast television, radio, commercial and drama, research and production for interactive media. Most recent feature films include Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Hog’s Tooth by Olek Lyzwanski and Racing To Zero with Director Chris Beaver. For video; Chrysopylae an installation by Doug Hall with cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Lou Harrison: A World of Music by Eva Soltes, Venice Under Water by Chip Lord, and 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 – Sympathy for the Decay by Ilppo Pohjola including a live performance with Pekka Lappi.
Our Previous Film/Distribution Plan
Where Once Was Water will follow the distribution model of our previous film Racing to Zero (RTZ), which has shown nationwide more than 700 times on more than 200 PBS stations, screened internationally in India, France, Russia and Turkey, had over 30 international invitational screenings, and has accepted screening invitations in over 35 film festivals. Additionally, through our distributor, Bullfrog Films, RTZ has had a semi-theatrical release, community presentations, and countless school screenings. Christopher Beaver and Diana Fuller, the director and producer, were invited to screen and discuss the film in Hawaii, Russia, France, India, and, still to come, Singapore.
At the invitation of the US State Department in cooperation with Russian environmental groups, cultural and educational institutions, journalists and students, Racing to Zero returned to Russia for a second time to screen in Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. During the same trip, Christopher traveled to St. Petersburg and Saratov to screen RTZ and meet with Russian environmental filmmakers.
RTZ was honored by CinemAmbiente in Turin, as their annual selection for most preferred documentary and played to a full house. RTZ was also the official selection for the Sustainable Living Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, which took place in 20 theaters around the country.
Thanks to Bullfrog Films, the film is now available through Greenpeace, to all parts of Russia. And finally, the film is available on Amazon! You can find it here.
With your help, we hope to have the same success with Where Once Was Water as we did with Racing to Zero.
Risks and challenges
Both the producer and the director are fully prepared to focus on this project in order to finish production as scheduled. As we have already been in production for the last few months, we are well aware of any remaining challenges. We plan to complete and deliver by September 2018. Every project has its risks but we have prepared the way for the balance of our shooting schedule. Summer temperatures of 116 and additional funds are all that have prohibited ongoing production during these last two months. Our lawyer is there to oversee additional permits, licenses or any other legal questions that should emerge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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