You’re Invited to Water: Take 1’s Cocktail Reception kicking off the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival on Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. Find out more about this FREE EVENT and RSVP, Click Here.
“Breathtaking… Enthralling! It will replenish your hope in mankind and nature.” Avi Offer – Rotten Tomatoes
“Love They Nature” the award-winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, appearing in 50+ cities around the United States, will be at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica.
Film Screening Dates & Times
When: May 6th-12th – 12:20pm, 2:40pm, 5:00pm, 7:20pm, 9:40pm
Where: Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd street, Santa Monica, CA
The film points to how deeply mankind has lost touch with nature and takes us on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world. It shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises.
The raging El Niño-driven rains haven’t come as predicted, so Ventura enters its fifth year of drought. It was appropriate, then, that Ventura Water presented its fourth annual Water: Take 1 Short Film Contest on March 24 at the Brooks Institute.
This year, 48 films entered the contest that calls attention to some of the serious issues facing our 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.
“We hope you will agree that these films tackled these topics in thought-provoking ways,” Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein told the audience of over 125 community members that included Ventura City Councilmembers Christy Weir, Mike Tracy and Carl Morehouse, and City Manager Mark Watkins.
The night’s top honor, the Grand Jury Award, went to Mike McNutt and Vinny DeLuca of the Palmdale Water District for their comical minute-long film “Conservation Enforcer,” starring leatherly-faced Hollywood actor Danny Trejo, who has appeared in numerous movies, mostly as a menacing villain. In “Conservation Enforcer,” Trejo brings his own brand of street justice to a water-wasting next-door neighbor. McNutt and DeLuca won a $1,500 cash prize.
Other awards and their winners were:
- Ventura Vision Award: Charles Spraggins, for his film “Good Stewards”
- Santa Monica Vision Award: Madeleine Pryor, for her film “The Value of Water”
- Audience Choice Award: Mostepha Benghernaout of Algeria, for his film “Unsafe Water”
- Best Student Short Film Award: Sinyee Loke of Malaysia, for her film “Water is Life”
McNutt, DeLuca, Spraggins and Pryor were on hand to accept their awards in person. Benghernaout and Loke accepted theirs through video messages.
In addition to congratulating the award winners, Epstein thanked the Water: Take 1 sponsors – the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel, Hopkins Groundwater, Carollo Engineers, Kennedy Jenks Consultants, the City of Santa Monica and Nossaman, LLP, and Brooks Institute for hosting the event.
Heading into its fifth year, the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest aims to elevate the value of water by inviting filmmakers from across the globe to submit short films less than five minutes, in any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, or sci-fi) that address the topic of water. The next contest will kick off in the fall of 2016.
To view the winning films as well as all of this year’s entries, visit www.watertake1.com.
The winners of the 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival were announced in a celebration of World Water Day on Thursday, March 24th, at a community event held at the Brooks Institute in Ventura. WATCH this Sustainable Ventura News Interview to find out more!
The Audience Choice Award, sponsored by Nossaman LLP. was given Mostepha Benghernaout for his film Unsafe Water, WATCH: http://bit.ly/1Sp9iO4
Madeleine Pryor was presented with the Santa Monica Vision Award, sponsored by The City of Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment, for her film “The Value of Water” at the 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards, WATCH: http://bit.ly/1qiL9Ci
The Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, was given to Charles Spraggins for his film “Good Stewards” at the 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards, WATCH: http://bit.ly/1UA0qLO
The 4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest GRAND PRIZE Award Winner : “Conservation Enforcer” starring Danny Trejo, WATCH: http://bit.ly/1MNuD1P