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Eventbrite - Water: Take 1 Film Contest Community Reception "Leading By Example"

Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Water:Take1  Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at

Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center

Celebrate and learn about water and conservation with this awards ceremony.

This event celebrates the closing of the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, Ventura Water's exciting program focusing attention on the value of water.

The event is free and tickets are not required to join the fun, but those interested in attending need to register ahead of time as seating is limited. We hope to see you there!  

You can email Debra Martinez at dmartinez@venturawater.net. She will add your name to the guest list and email back a confirmation for your attendance. If you have questions please email Debra or call (805) 652-4587.

Water: Take 1, presented by Ventura Water, is an important initiative that highlights our relationship with water: how we look at it, how we use it and how we share it. The global online film contest is now heading into its fifth year and showcases short films of under five minutes in length that address the topic of water.


The ceremony will kick off with a screening of the finalist films followed by the exciting announcement of Water: Take 1 winners. Great prizes are offered to winners in various categories. Visit www.watertake1.com to view the films entered this year.

Questions? Email watertake1@cityofventura.net. Learn more at the Water: Take 1 Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/watertake1.


Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center

1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm


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Distinguished Jury Of Environmental And Entertainment Profesionals



Gill Holland, Producer

Spirit Award nominee for Producer of the Year, Gill Holland has worked on over 90 films, including Sundance faves FLOW: For Love of Water, SPRING FORWARD, LOGGERHEADS, Sundance triple winner HURRICANE STREETS, the FOX sit-com GREG THE BUNNY, the Spirit Award winner and first carbon-neutral independent film SWEETLAND, Al Gore’s 2008 Reel Current Award winning doc MOUNTAIN TOP REMOVAL, and the Emmy-nominated doc DEAR JESSE.  He produced three volumes of cineBLAST! the short film compilations.  He is partner at The Group Entertainment, a KY/NYC management/production company, and former adjunct professor at NYU Graduate Film School.  Gill worked at the French Film Office and has been on the jury for shorts at Sundance and selection committee for the Academy Awards, Student Division.  His record label sonaBLAST! is on its 38th release and features Ben Sollee, Nerves Junior, The Pass, and Irish star Mark Geary.  He, his wife Augusta, daughter Cora and twins Owsley and Lilla opened The Green Building, the greenest commercial building in KY.  Louisville Magazine named him its “Person of the Year” in 2009.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As general manager, he is responsible for implementing the policy directives of the Board, including working with elected officials and member agencies to carry out the Metropolitan’s mission. Kightlinger was appointed general manager in February 2006. Prior to his appointment as general manager, he was general counsel for Metropolitan. He was responsible for directing Metropolitan’s legal staff and consulting attorneys; leading the district’s legal strategies in pending and potential litigation; and protecting Metropolitan’s interests in all legal matters. Before becoming general counsel, Kightlinger represented Metropolitan in environmental issues and water right matters. At Metropolitan he worked primarily on Colorado River matters, water rights issues and a number of the district’s water transfer and storage programs. Before joining Metropolitan in 1995, he worked in private practice representing numerous public agencies including municipalities, redevelopment agencies and special districts.

Kathleen McInnis, Founder, See-Through Films, Film Curator and Director of Industry Programming, Palm Springs ShortFest.

Kathleen McInnis is a Film Strategist with a distinctive background in Film Festivals and Publicity Consulting. A veteran of the global film festival circuit, Ms. McInnis was recently named to the programming team of the Toronto Film Festival’s new Short Cuts international program and has been Festival Director, Director of Programming (Film Curator and Industry Programming), and Director of Publicity at such festivals as Seattle International Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival and (currently) Palm Springs ShortFest. Ms. McInnis works in concert with filmmakers to maximize their festival experience and opportunities. As Festival Strategist, Ms. McInnis takes her clients through their premiere screenings at such festivals as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Cannes, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary and Galway. Ms. McInnis was the inaugural Film Festival Specialist at Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television, and currently teaches film festival strategies at NYU-Tisch/Asia and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She was an Editor-at-Large for MovieMaker Magazine, and VP of Filmmaker and Festival Relations at FilmFestivals.com. Ms. McInnis is also the co-creator of the SIFF Fly Filmmaking Challenge, and has produced nearly 3 dozen short films, both with the program and independently.

Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District

Richard Nagel is a water industry veteran, with over 20 years experience in the water supply and wastewater sectors. He was named General Manger by the West Basin Board of Directors in May 2006 and served as Co-General Manager for the West/Central Basins prior to that time. He became West Basin’s District Manager of Water Quality in 2000, and has been responsible for all aspects of West Basin’s Water Quality and Research programs, through collaborative meetings and discussions with numerous public and regulatory agencies on groundwater quality issues, remedial investigation activities and various water treatment studies, and overseeing numerous reports on groundwater studies and the effects of various contaminants. Nagel leads West Basin in implementing its Water Reliability 2020 Program, its goal to reduce our region’s dependence on imported water from 66 percent today to 33 percent by 2020.  In 2009, Richard received the ‘Recycled Water Advocate of the Year’ award from the California Section of the WateReuse Association.

Emily Posey, Manager, Program Scheduling, CNN

Emily Posey is a recent addition to the CNN team in New York, having joined the company in January of 2015. Her work at CNN is centered around program scheduling and strategy, both linear and on demand. In addition, Emily oversees all anchor scheduling for the network. Previously, Emily was with the AMC/Sundance Global team where she worked with both the program planning & scheduling and acquisitions teams. Throughout her four years at Sundance Channel Global, Emily was helpful in successfully launching the channel in Spain, Benelux, Latin America, and the Middle East/North Africa. As part of the international team, Emily was responsible for securing content for eleven unique global feeds, both linear and VOD. Her day to day responsibilities included researching available content, both series and films, drafting offers and negotiating with distributors. This involved a continued effort to reinforce the brand of the channel while balancing affiliate/local needs. Emily has a Bachelors of Science in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Arts in Media, Culture, and Communications from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.


Greg Reitman, Writer/Producer/Director

Greg Reitman is the founder of Blue Water Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company focusing on environmentally conscious entertainment. Widely regarded as Hollywood’s “Green Producer,” Greg Reitman produced the 2008 Sundance Audience Award-winning feature documentary “FUEL,” which presents the case for alternative energy as the fastest and most sustainable means to reducing our country’s dependence on oil. He wrote, produced, and directed the feature documentary “Hollywood’s Magical Island – Catalina’” (2003), syndicated on American Public Television (APT). Greg recently finished his latest feature-length documentary film, “ROOTED in PEACE” (2015) which will release theatrically this fall. He is the Creator and Executive Producer of the webcast program “On The Green Carpet.”  Greg Reitman is a green correspondent for “The Huffington Post” a leading online news agency that focuses on green issues and trends in the geopolitical marketplace. Greg was written up in Movie Maker Magazine as one of the top ten producers in the Entertainment industry making content that makes a difference in the world. Reitman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with international studies at Florence University in Florence, Italy; Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan; Tel-Aviv University in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He received a Masters Certificate in Creative Producing at his alumni school Tel-Aviv University. He also is an alumnus and member of the Hollywood Film Institute, the International Documentary Association, and is an active member of the DGA.

Jane Sievert, Managing Photo Editor, Patagonia

Jane Sievert has over two decades of experience working with photographers and filmmakers. As Patagonia’s managing photo editor she reviews close to 100,000 photos a year as well as helps to curate the Patagonia media gallery. She is a staunch supporter of the artists who take on conservation issues and has first hand experience on how film and photography can have positive effects from both a policy and personal standpoint.  Jane has researched water issues for Patagonia’s current environmental campaign and has extensive knowledge on the topic of water conservation and scarcity. Jane is a long time Ventura resident; her daughter attends Ventura HS. In addition to working in photography and multimedia, Jane teaches Yoga at a local studio. She is a nature lover, a committed conservation activist and looks forward to getting involved with her community on this level.

Nicole Torre, Filmmaker, Production Executive

Nicole Torre is President of New Angle Media, which is devoted to bringing important social and environmental issues into focus. Her debut documentary feature film, Houston We Have a Problem, has played at film festivals around the world and received a 2011 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Long Form economic and financial reporting. Nicole also won the Best Director’s Award at the Docuwest Film Festival as well as The Best Point of View Award, at the Eco Focus Film Festival at the University of Georgia. The film was selected to play at the Museum of Modern Art as part of their 2010 Documentary Fortnight and opened the Environmental Film Festival at Yale University. It premièred on Planet Green as part of their Reel Impact series, and has worldwide distribution with Mercury Media. Nicole also works as an Executive Producer for television. She has created and produced with such networks as Bravo, Oxygen, Planet Green, Nick Jr., and Noggin, as well as with several other production companies. She was commissioned to be a Hothouse Producer for Discovery Communications, where she developed for such networks as Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet.

Joanna Varikos, Director of Acquisitions, Pivot

Joanna Varikos is director of acquisitions for Participant Media’s television network, Pivot. She is responsible for overseeing strategy of acquired content for Pivot.  Varikos has over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining Pivot, Varikos held a managerial position at IFC, where she worked for six years in scheduling and helped facilitate the network’s transition to being fully ad supported and Nielsen rated.  Varikos started her career in television production, working on shows for various networks including VH1. She is also a published film journalist whose work has been featured in numerous online and print publications.