From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Gary
It’s been 40 years since the June 20, 1974, opening of
“Chinatown,” the fictionalized drama about power, corruption and
what is arguably L.A.’s most crucial resource: water. The iconic
film was Hollywood’s make-believe version of an undying reality:
In L.A., you have to follow the water.
“Lauren Bon’s mobile art project, ‘100 Mules Walking the Los
Angeles Aqueduct,’ was an ambitious, unwieldy and some say
stunning performance piece meant to reawaken Angelenos’ interest
in its water supply and commemorate the aqueduct’s 100th
“If ‘Watermark’ does nothing else, it will make you question
society’s contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as
essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don’t seem to
be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available
enough to keep us alive.”
“Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu joined dozens of water
managers and local, state and federal officials at Sunnylands
on Wednesday for the opening reception of a two-day symposium
focusing on drought and water scarcity in the West.
“Yu introduced her film, ‘Last Call at the Oasis,’ which
documents the increasing scarcity of water in many parts of the
From The Bakersfield Californian, in a commentary by Lois Henry:
“Water can be such a complex issue that most people would rather
not be bothered. For filmmaker Juan Carlos Oseguera, water became
impossible to ignore as he watched family, friends and whole
communities suffer from political decisions made about water
decades ago and thousands of miles away.
Join Sascha Rice Oct. 26 for a special screening of her
Emmy-nominated documentary film, California State of Mind: The
Legacy of Pat Brown, during the California Council of History
Education Conference in Sacramento. This event is sponsored by
the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State and is free
and open to the public.
“Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford remembers with awe
the first time he floated on the Colorado River — and with
shock the first time he learned that the lifeblood of the Grand
Canyon and the entire Southwest doesn’t reach the sea.
“So tapped is the Colorado by the seven states that use its
watershed, from Wyoming and Colorado past Yuma to the Gulf of
California, that it rarely ever flows to that Mexican inlet.
The river has run dry since 1998.