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Water: Take 1 Community Reception "Leading By Example"

In partnership with our sponsors, Ventura Water is pleased to invite all community members to attend this year’s Water: Take 1 special presentation on November 20, 2014 from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.

Event is free with RSVP

The reception's theme of “Leading by Example” highlights local companies and organizations that have:

  • Implemented sustainable water practices and policies for themselves and their clients
  • Upgraded their private and public spaces with a focus on water conservation, and
  • Otherwise demonstrated not only an acute awareness of the challenges facing our water supply, but have taken bold steps towards solutions.
These companies and organizations are paving the way for increased recognition and participation on the corporate as well as personal level to achieve water sustainability.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel (450 E. Harbor Blvd, Ventura, California)


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


2014 Water: Take 1 Film Contest

In honor of World Water Day, the third year of the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest officially opened and is accepting film submissions immediately at watertake1.com.

Eligible submissions are recent short films under five minutes that address the topic of water in any genre, including documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.  There is no fee for submission and films will be posted online and able to be viewed upon acceptance.

New this year, Water: Take 1 is expanding its reach with the launch of Water: Take 1 News Reel, a bi-monthly e-Newsletter, aimed at keeping the conversation going all year long. Articles and profiles of filmmakers, jury members, sponsors and partners will increase awareness of the campaign and drive traffic to the site on a continual basis. In addition, Water: Take 1 has extended the prize period and will now have two submission deadline periods – the ‘Early Bird’ deadline of September 15 and a final deadline of November 1 – again keeping the contest open and relevant for a longer period of time. A final Audience Choice Award voting deadline will be December 15.


Jury Awarded Grand Prize: $1,500

Audience Award: iPad 2

Ventura Vision Award:  Spotlight profile on Local TV Show and services for next film, sponsored by Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

Best Student Film Award: Go Pro Camera, one-year subscription to Lynda.com, and consulting services with Will Allen, Creative Director of Never Without A Picture


Film Submission Information


Water Focus: The theme and subject of the short film must address the topic of water but all categories and genres of short film are accepted - drama, comedy, animation, horror, sci-fi, documentary, experimental and music videos.

Short: Running time must be under five minutes.

Film Details: Format- Windows Media (.wmv); Audio Video Interleave (.avi); QuickTime (.mov); MPEG 1/2/4 (.mpg, .mpeg); 3rd Generation Partnership Project (.3GPP). Language - English (spoken or clearly subtitled) or no dialogue only.  Year of Production - no earlier than January 1, 2011.  Copyright - all content, music, actors must be cleared.  Complete details at watertake1.com.


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Distinguished Jury Of Environmental And Entertainment Profesionals


Gail Gendler, Senior Director Acquisitions, AMC/Sundance Channel Global Networks LLC
Gail Gendler is currently Senior Director Acquisitions for AMC/Sundance Channel Global Networks LLC. As a part of the acquisitions team, she focuses on structuring and negotiating content deals for studio feature film packages, franchise series and short film content for Sundance Channel’s international channels and We tv Asia. In addition to content deals, she provides recommendations on programming selections and scheduling stunts. She joined the acquisitions department in 2005 from Showtime Networks/Sundance Channel where she was Director of Rights & Clearances for both networks.  Previously, she worked for NBC’s Olympic Unit prepping for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was part of the production team for NBC’s coverage from the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona and Atlanta.  She joined NBC’s Olympic Unit from NBC’s late night talk show Later…with Bob Costas.  Gail has served as a board member for the Black Maria Film Festival and is currently one of the festival organizers for the Lighthouse Film Festival. She also sits on the committee at large for the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.