Launch of the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

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For Immediate Release

September 22, 2016

Contact: Craig Jones, 805-223-4378

Shana Epstein, 805-652-4503

Festival Info: Rachael Shapiro, 310-991-9568

Ventura Water announces 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

Ventura, CA — Last night, Ventura Water celebrated the launch of the 5th annual Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Festival with a kick-off reception emphasizing efforts in water protection, conservation and sustainability taking place on the local, national and global level. The Film Festival highlights our relationship with water, through the powerful medium of film, and draws attention to the growing challenges facing our water supply locally and internationally.

Filmmakers of all ages, around the world, are encouraged to submit their work (up to 5 minutes in length) via direct upload at the contest site – www.watertake1.com – and must address the topic of water in any genre including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental or sci-fi. Films will be posted online and a jury of entertainment and environmental experts will vote to award prizes in categories such as the Grand Jury Prize, Ventura Vision Award and Best Student Short Film. The public is also encouraged to take part in the Audience Choice Award by voting online for their favorite film.  The deadline for film submissions is December 14, 2016 with voting for the Audience Choice Award open through January 14, 2017.  The winning films we be showcased at an Awards Celebration in March of 2017.

“Ventura Water is pleased to showcase the topic of water protection, conservation and sustainability to like-minded individuals and organizations in such a creative and engaging way.  With the drought uppermost in the minds of Californians, this Short Film Festival brings together our local, national and global conversations,” said Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager.

Ventura Water also welcomed new partner, The Palmdale Water District, which came on board this year as a sponsor of the Palmdale Vision Award, recognizing films which best represent the mission of the Palmdale Water District.  “I was very excited to learn that we had the opportunity to be a sponsor this year,” said Vincent Dino, Board member for the Palmdale Water District.  “Ventura Water has found an exciting way to bring the stewards of water together and creatively share an extremely important message about the value of water.”  Returning sponsors for the festival include Carollo Engineers, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Hopkins Groundwater Consultants, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, and Nossaman LLP.

This release is available on the City of Ventura website www.cityofventura.net.

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You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Kick Off Reception for Water: Take 1 on September 21, 6-8pm

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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.

The Award-Winning Film “Love Thy Nature,” Narrated by Liam Neeson to play at the Monica Film Center May 6-12

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“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

VIEW THE POWERFUL TRAILER, CLICK HERE!

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.

See details on after screening events at the Facebook Event: bit.ly/1RMcRx2 Find tickets here: bit.ly/1VTFA9p

Comedy Film Takes the Top Prize at the Water: Take 1 Film Contest Awards Night

Top: Members of the Palmdale Water District celebrating their Grand Jury Award for their film “Conservation Enforcer.” Bottom Left: Shana Epstein with Madeleine Pryor, winner of the Santa Monica Vision Award for her film “The Value of Water.” Bottom Right: Charles Spraggins, with wife Eugenia, winner of the Ventura Vision Award for his film “Good Stewards.”

Top: Members of the Palmdale Water District celebrating their Grand Jury Award for their film “Conservation Enforcer.” Bottom Left: Shana Epstein with Madeleine Pryor, winner of the Santa Monica Vision Award for her film “The Value of Water.” Bottom Right: Charles Spraggins, with wife Eugenia, winner of the Ventura Vision Award for his film “Good Stewards.”

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. pshQ-o4kL780KfffaJknM9VDnIwZeM7MBysEMwo5aav-KYrfCfOUxCJC7xlyd1WxHEyH5MGsOugpQ4OuBDjto4VbRtPH4Ls7UE3uDizn3Ezp92TCJuMskolLElfY83_4Lz-mnperNllMKMu2OXo7yo0t9kd7vFD-rUnbZkE=s0-d-e1-ftThousands 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”vcVBc3gLmgIQeYoabayyLC5q75i5rdLF6vHZfPDqX2-lFjgXk32ucm3Ka5EImLueBfUiBrx0szf2R17D8ZJRNkGC7esa20-A58yuwrTo7-pStrFfzEQomNOoevtGiTPa3fCuIVMwoCE3L9H60L6g7ExDarbO8Y0S_dMCwmg=s0-d-e1-ft
  • 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.

Top Left: Craig Jones, Debra Martinez and Shana Epstein. Top Right: Brooks Provost Toni Johnson and Craig Jones. Bottom: Checking in for the Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards at Brooks Institute.

Top Left: Craig Jones, Debra Martinez and Shana Epstein. Top Right: Brooks Provost Toni Johnson and Craig Jones. Bottom: Checking in for the Water:Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards at Brooks Institute.

From Ventura Water’s Pipeline Newsletter, March 2016

Madeleine Pryor receives Santa Monica Vision Award for her film “The Value of Water” at the Water: Take 1 Awards

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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