South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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South African Film Wins Top Prize in Ventura Water’s
Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival
 
     Following five years of drought, above average rainfall in California this year has been a welcomed relief. But Ventura residents can’t let their guard down: water conservation is every bit as important today as in drought-stricken years. That was the primary message as Ventura Water presented its fifth annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival awards on March 22 at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.
     This year, 50 films were entered in the festival that calls attention to some of the serious issues facing water resources locally and around the world. Thousands of people worldwide watched and voted for their favorite films via the Water: Take 1 website, with a panel of jurors selecting the contest’s winners.
     “Even with much needed rainfall that exceeded our expectations, our focus looking forward is to build on the framework of conservation and promise efficiency as a way of life in California,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein told the audience of about 100 community members at the event, which included Ventura City Councilman Matt LaVere.
     The night’s top honor, the Grand Jury Award, went to “Place of Sweet Waters,” a film that highlights the water crisis facing Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is in the midst its worst drought in two decades, yet millions of gallons of naturally occurring fresh water run under the city’s streets, to be dumped straight into the sea, every day. This film’s message and goal is that the water can be reclaimed to help sustain Cape Town’s booming – and increasingly water-stressed – population. The film’s director, Sven Harding, won the $1,500 cash prize and gave his acceptance speech via video.
     Other Water: Take 1 awards and their winners this year were:
  • Audience Choice Award: Paul Meehan and family, for the film, “Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back.”
  • Best Student Short Film: Beryl Allee, for her animated short film campaign, “Citizen of your Watershed”, made up of three unique short films. Each film focuses on one issue of concern to a healthy watershed – pesticides, runoff and litter.
  • Ventura Vision Award: Paige Vasquez-Housley, for her film “Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.”
  • Palmdale Vision Award: Jalal Ud Din Baba, for his film “Saving the Savior.”
     Epstein congratulated the winners and thanked the Water: Take 1 sponsors – the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Hopkins Groundwater, Carollo Engineers and Kennedy Jenks Consultants – and the Channel Islands National Park for hosting the event.
     To view the winning films and this year’s entries, visit www.watertake1.com.
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EVENT PHOTOS

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

Audience seated in the Channel Islands National Park Visitor center cinema

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

L TO R: Paige Vasquez-Housley accepting her $500 dollar award from Shana Epstein for her film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific, winner of the Ventura Vision Award

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

City of Ventura Councilmember Matt Levere

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children---Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Paul and Kellie Meehan and children—Audience Choice Award Winner for their film Drought Wars: The Family Fights Back

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley--- Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

L TO R: Gina Vasquez-Housley, Todd Housley, and Paige Vasquez-Housley— Ventura Vision Award Winner for her home-grown film Aquanaut: A Journey to the Pacific.

 

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Pure Water Radio PODCAST: The City’s 2017 FREE Green School Programs – Sign your school up for one today!

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Find out about the City’s FREE Green School Programs, arrange for one at YOUR SCHOOL today.  In this Pure Water Radio PODCAST City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Haili Matsukawa provides information on the Green School Programs for 2017.  Also visit, cityofventura.net/greenschool

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LISTEN TO THIS PURE WATER RADIO PODCAST, click here.

Have you entered your school for a Green School or Watershed Hero Award? Do so by March 31!

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In honor of Earth Day, The City of Ventura recognizes two schools for their outstanding sustainability and water wise efforts.  Environment Sustainability Division has partnered with Agromin Premium Soil Products to present Environmental Leadership Award. Ventura Water presents the Watershed Hero Award. To apply for this year’s Green School Awards, please complete the online application or written application by March 31, 2017. Winners will receive $500 and be recognized in front of the City Council! All public and private schools within the Ventura City limits are encouraged to apply. Find out more and ENTER, click here.

Visit Ventura Water’s Booth at the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival March 3 & 4

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On Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, 2017, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy presents the popular Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura. Come visit Ventura Water’s booth in the reception area!

The festival presents the opportunity to view award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty of our natural world. Always a sold out annual event, the Ventura festival is part of the larger Wild & Scenic family, which showcases environmental films around the globe.

The evening’s event begins at 6:00 p.m. for a reception where attendees enjoy live music, food, drink, and an extensive raffle. The screenings commence at 7:00 p.m.

Cost for admission is $20.00. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.venturahillsides.org/events

 

2017 Gardening Class Series Kicks Off with Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens

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On Saturday, Feb 25, The City’s FREE 2017 Gardening Class Series kicked off. The class “Implement an Ocean Friendly Garden,” was presented by Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. Find out about upcoming classes: http://www.cityofventura.net

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5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards on World Water Day, March 22, 2017, 6-8 p.m.

The 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony is March 22, 2017, World Water Day,  6-8 pm at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. Find out more and RSVP here. SPACE IS LIMITED, CLICK HERE FOR EVENTBRITE.