We are fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) non-profit From the Heart Productions so all donations are tax deductible.
Do you know where you water comes from? Did you know that all of California’s cities combined use only 20% of the water the state uses? Today, even in a highly publicized drought, most of us don’t know much about how freshwater flows through California. Right now, there are major water-related policy decisions being made and water meetings happening behind closed doors. While this is an issue that affects everyone, we have hardly been a part of the decisionmaking process. This is something we must change in order to deal with this massive problem. This is the film to make that change.
It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water—around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir—to recover from California’s continuing drought. Now, lakes are no longer sources of water, but dry, cracked patches of earth and California is scrambling to find solutions. But there’s a secret—the solutions are already available. We simply have to put them into action. Invested interests are making this type of change nearly impossible, and what happens when we run out of water?
We are on track to not have rivers and not have fish, we have communities without water right now, and we have species facing extinction. California is in a state of emergency and it’s imperative that we learn lessons and plan for the future.
The issue of the drought in California spans far greater than the eye can see. Behind the curtain, there are politicians, engineers, water managers abusing the system without being held accountable. Others are struggling to make a difference. Bells and alarms are being sounded in the metropolitan areas and citizens are being instructed to cut down on their water use yet, the core of the issue remains with the decision makers. This film will address issues in a system straining our precious water resources as well as focus on the San Francisco Bay Delta which is in a state of peril.
Jacob is a filmmaker and recent graduate of the University of Southern California whose work has already been recognized by many. A long time Californian, Jacob has grown up in San Diego and can often be found hiking or kayaking La Jolla. His most recent official festival selections include the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner, Beverly Hills Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, NFFTY, Boston International Film Festival as well as winning 1st place Narrative Prize at the 2013 Josiah Media Festival. His short documentary, "Joe", went viral on reddit this September. Passionate about the need for a 21st century U.S. water policy, Jacob is working hard to make a difference.
Sam started producing at Chapman’s College of Film and Media Arts which he graduated in 2016. Some of his films have been accepted at international film festivals such as Xopo North in Scotland and Eidolon in France. Sam’s professional industry experience includes Gulfstream Pictures, Langley Park Pictures and Verve Literary. Sam is currently being mentored by Oscar nominated producer Alexandra Rose (Norma Rae) and will start work as an Agent Trainee at United Talent Agency this September. As a longtime native of Los Angeles, this issue of the drought is one that is very close to his heart
While putting Rivers’ End together, Tracy also spends her time working at William Morris Endeavor. Prior, she studied at Northwestern University in their Radio/Television/Film program. A native Angelino, Tracy is thrilled to be back home pursuing her passion of working in the entertainment industry. She is also an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast. In fact, during a recent road trip through California and the Pacific Northwest, she was alarmed to see many of her state’s dried up lakes firsthand.
Ben Fischinger is a director of photography and documentary filmmaker from the Hollywood area and received his BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, where he shot the BAFTA award-winning short film, Into the Silent Sea. Ben was a recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant in both 2013 and 2014. He was also nominated by the International Documentary Association for directing in 2014 as well as the 2013 recipient of the Cine Golden Eagle Award for cinematography. Ben also has a great appreciation and respect for documentary filmmaking, especially when the form is used to explore complicated and otherwise inaccessible stories. Ben has also always enjoyed travel and the outdoors, whether it’s rock climbing in Joshua Tree, backpacking in the Sierras or scuba-diving on Catalina Island, which helps explain his penchant for naturalistic lighting and shooting films that go places, literally.
Forrest Gray is a film composer who studied film-scoring at both Berklee College of Music and University of Southern California. His debut as a composer was in 2009, when he was asked to provide music for the end credits of And Everything is Going Fine- a documentary that chronicles the life of Gray’s father, Spalding Gray, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. Since his debut in 2009, he has worked on numerous short films, plays, and dance pieces. In 2014, he was the recipient of the BMI Film-Scoring Award, which was presented to him by James Newton Howard, and in 2015 he was a recipient of the Sundance Composer Fellowship, hosted at Skywalker Ranch.
In order to create the most compelling and informative documentary, we are aiming to talk to as many people as possible to gain insight into how the drought is affecting citizens throughout the state. City officials, private farmers, corporate attorneys, scientists, journalists, water exporters- our team believes everyone’s perspective is integral to telling our film’s story.
The most significant costs associated with our production are travel and research. We plan to meet and interview people throughout the entire state of California in order to unite the common viewpoints from every region. To accomplish this, we need your help.
100% of your donation will go directly to our fund which will allow us to complete this film. We are fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) non-profit From the Heart Productions so all donations are tax deductible.