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You're Invited:  Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards Ceremony

Water:Take1 Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6pm - 8pm at the Century 10 Theatre,
555 E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura.

Celebrate and learn about water and conservation with a night at the movies.

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!  

To register for your free ticket, click here.

Or 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 in its third year and showcases short films of under five minutes in length that address the topic of water in any genre, including documentary, drama, comedy, animation, sci-fi or experimental.

This year, 51 films were submitted. The ceremony will kick off with a screening of the nine 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.


Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time: 6-8 pm

Where: Century 10 Downtown Movie Theatre, 555 E. Main Street, Ventura

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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.