Water: Take 1 Initiative
Where every type of water is paired with a right use; restoring the water cycle to a sustainable cycle. Rain is captured and/or infiltrated into the ground for later use. Water used indoors has a second life as greywater. Reclaimed water is recycled in ways that benefit our world, bringing the water cycle full circle. Water lives in an integrated world and so must we. In the end, it is all one water.
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You Are Invited To WT1 Awards Celebration On November 14
Everyone is invited to celebrate Water: Take 1 at our 2013 Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 14 from 6-8 pm at Brooks Institute of Photography, Ventura. Signup for the Water: Take 1 email list to get the inside scoop! Light refreshments will be served.
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2013 Water: Take 1 Film Contest
The second year of Water: Take 1 launched on March 20 following a kickoff reception at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. This year's contest includes a NEW Ventura Vision Award, sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. Films shot in and around the City of Ventura will be entered to win a prize consisting of a profile interview in an upcoming Sustainable Ventura TV show, which is broadcasted locally to over 20,000, as well as location and permitting assistance on their next home-grown film. Short films (5 minutes or less) must be entered at www.watertake1.com by September 3, 2013. Entries for the Vision Award can also be considered for the Grand Prize ($1,500), sponsored by Patagonia, the Audience Choice Award (iPad), sponsored by EJ Harrison and Sons, and the Best Student Short Film Award (Go Pro Camera), sponsored by Carollo Engineers and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.
Jury Awarded Grand Prize: $1,500, sponsored by Patagonia
Audience Award: iPad 2, sponsored by EJ Harrison and Sons
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, sponsored by Carollo Engineers and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants.
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, 2010. Copyright - all content, music, actors must be cleared. Complete details at www.watertake1.com.
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Presented in partnership with Patagonia and Limoneira's Limco Del Mar, Water: Take 1 and its film contest is an exciting initiative that highlights our relationship with water: How we look at it, how we use it and how we share it.
From March 22, 2012 through September 4, 2012, filmmakers from across the globe were invited to submit their short films (less than five minutes) that address the topic of water at watertake1.com. The voting for the Audience Choice Award continued until October 4, 2012.
Three awards - Grand Jury Prize, Best Student Short Film and Audience Choice Award - were presented at a special community event on November 8, 2012 hosted by Brooks Institute of Photography at their Ventura campus' sound stage. More than 125 attendees watched as the $1,500 Grand Prize was awarded to the film “Water,” directed by Peter Jansen, who is from the Netherlands. “Water” was chosen by a distinguished jury of entertainment and environmental professionals, who also selected the film “Quotient,” directed by Alexander Powell of San Diego, as the winner of the Best Student Short Film Award.
A local family from Newbury Park submitted the film, “Don’t Blow H2O,” directed by Jo and John Lazo, which received the most votes at watertake1.com and won the Audience Choice Award. The entire Lazo family helped make the film, which costars the kids, John and Elle, as two children who become more aware of water conservation. The film includes a special rap song written by the family and performed by John and Elle in the video.
The Water: Take 1 film finalists, considered by the Grand Jury for the top prize, were also screened at the event. Over 35 short films entered the contest and will remain online at watertake1.com for viewing until next spring.
Water: Take 1 First Year In Review Summary (pdf 2,109KB)
2012 Water: Take 1 Winning Films
Don't Blow H2O, directed by Jo and John Lazo
Audience Award: Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera, Sponsored by Patagonia
Quotient, directed by Alexander Powell
Best Student Short Film Award: One-year subscription to Lynda.com, consulting services with Will Allen, Creative Director of Never Without A Picture, and a $200 Patagonia gift certificate. Presented by AECOM
The following 10 finalists were selected from the 35 films submitted to the contest and were considered by the jury for the top prize:
A Salton Soul, directed by Mike Agnew, Greg Balkin and Tim Kressin
Produced by: Sally Rubin
Cast: June Eilers
Synopsis: The story of the decay and life of the Salton Sea told through the memories of June Eiler.
Drop Drop, directed by Daniel Yonathan and Celeste Barbosa
Written by Daniel Yonathan
Produced by Daniel Yonathan, Avery Kentis
Cast: Juan Carasco, Jacob Yung, and Daniel Yonathan
Synopsis: In “Drop Drop” avoiding an issue doesn’t fix it.
Ocean Friendly Gardens, directed by Rich Reid
Produced by: Surfrider Foundation – Ventura Chapter
Cast: Dan Long, Cynthia Hartley
Synopsis: Ocean Friendly Gardens is a community of volunteers converting lawns into water capturing and pollution filtering gardens that prevent runoff to our rivers and oceans
Storm’s End, directed by Aaron Schmidt
Produced by: Eddie Rabun, Aaron Schmidt
Cast: Matt Schutte, Chris Charney
Synopsis: A film for those that embrace the ocean as a refuge for adventure, inspiration, or solace away from modern society.
The Forgotten Cycle, directed by Sahana Singh
Produced by Sahana Singh
Synopsis: The Forgotten Cycle tells the story of mismanagement of the water cycle in a blue planet sustained by water. Problems of over-use, pollution and leakage of water are highlighted. A paradigm shift in thinking is advocated.
The Journey of Water, directed by Alex Uvari
Written and produced by Alex Uvari
Cast; Diane Beeler, Alex Uvari
Synopsis: An exploration of the ways in which to preserve water and conserve it for future use.
The Sea, directed by Caryn Sandoval
Written by Caryn Sandoval
Produced by: Brendan Cleak, Caryn Sandoval
Cast: Caryn Sandoval
Synopsis: A young woman learns to adapt to the fundamental motions of life.
Water, directed by Peter Jansen
Written by: Erico Mukunza
Produced by: Slumtalenttrust
Synopsis: Water is an essential need that is a fact that we cannot negate; it is needed almost always in carrying out so much. This composition communicates to us against wasting this imperative resource. It is life indeed.
Water, directed by Ramesh Selvarajah
Written by: Sujeenthan
Produced by: Sebasan Jey
Cast: Kande, Nimalan
Synopsis: “Water” addresses the potential water shortage in the future and why we shouldn't waste the water in the present.
We Are H2O, directed by Michael Carroll
Written and Produced by Patrick Saldaa
Synopsis: An enlightening swim.
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.