Every person on this planet relies on water. In Ventura, our water is from local sources and it’s our responsibility to protect it for future generations. To help spark that awareness, Ventura Water is partnering with Limoneira’s Limco Del Mar, Patagonia and iThentic for the inaugural “Water: Take 1” Online Short Film Contest. We hope that this exciting initiative will highlight people’s relationship with water and promote water awareness, efficiency and recycling programs.
“We chose to do an online film contest with a water focus because members of our community, as well as on a national and global level, must begin to recognize the importance of water and its infrastructure,” explained Shana Epstein. “With the contest, we hope to engage intelligent and creative conversation between leadership, businesses and the community.”
Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit short films of less than five minutes in any genre – drama, documentary, comedy, animation, Sci-fi or experimental – that address the topic of water. Films can be submitted and uploaded at no cost to the contest website, watertake1.com, through September 4, 2012.
A panel of environmental and entertainment professionals will choose a winner for the $1,500 Grand Prize and the top winner will be presented at an event hosted by the Brooks Institute later this fall. The film receiving the most votes at watertake1.com will be presented the Audience Choice Award and its filmmaker will receive a Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera.
Competing in this contest is a great way for Ventura County’s high school and college students, among others interested in water and the environment, to do something positive that helps others appreciate our access to clean water while promoting water efficiency and sustainability. Help spread the word to your friends, neighbors and coworkers and get involved by joining the contest and/or join the wave by voting for your favorite video at watertake1.com.
The issue of water infrastructure is a global one. In the United States alone, there are large areas of infrastructure more than 100 years old that must be fixed or replaced. However, in many other countries, such as parts of Africa and India, the total lack of infrastructure there has a serious impact on the local health and economy and causes a negative ripple effect worldwide.
Water is also an important issue in Ventura, although many residents are unaware of the huge effort and the amount of energy it takes to clean and move our water so it can be used again and again for generations to come.
Ventura is among California’s oldest coastal cities and has many areas where infrastructure is ending its useful lifespan and will need replacement over the next few decades. While projects and plans are underway to improve this invaluable infrastructure, it isn’t without cost.
Years ago, much of the infrastructure was maintained using federal grants, most of which are no longer available due to budget cuts. As a result, water customers now bear the full financial responsibility of infrastructure maintenance, replacement and improvement.
Maryann Ridini Spencer is an award-winning Writer/Producer/Director/Journalist & TV Host and President of the PR/Marketing/Production Company, Ridini Entertainment (RidiniEntertainment.com). Most recently, she co-wrote/produced the highly-rated and critically acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame/CBS Special, “The Lost Valentine”starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt. She also writes, produces and hosts the television series “Simply Delicious Living with Maryann” (SimplyDeliciousLiving.TV) for Time Warner Cable and syndication and “Sustainable Ventura,” which airs locally in Ventura. Her blog/ column, “VC Style” appears at VenturaCountyStar.com.