Special Screening of “FLOW”: A film about Water

Special one night screening:
Tuesday March 10th, 2009 at 7PM

Location: The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 – 3933

Co-presented by: The LOFT CINEMA
WATERSHED MANAGEMENT GROUP (WMG) http://www.watershedmg.org/
Media contact for WMG: Jill Nunes
(520) 829-6027
Media contact for The Loft Cinema: Jeff Yanc
520-322-LOFT (5638)

FLOW is Director Irena Salina’s award winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century- The World Water Crisis.

Water is the very essence of life. It sustains every living being on this planet and without it; there would be nothing… FLOW – Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER”? Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

FLOW is currently touring the world and winning awards at film festivals. FLOW was included at the Sundance Film Festival as an “Official Selection” and won the “Best Documentary Award” at the United Nations Association Film Festival. For additional movie information please see the website: http://www.flowthefilm.com

The Loft Cinema and Watershed Management Group (WMG) will present FLOW to the public, members of our government agencies and local environmentally concerned organizations.

Watershed Management Group (WMG) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona. WMG assists local residents and communities in the management of their water and land resources both in the U.S. and internationally.
The mission of the Watershed Management Group, Inc, is to improve rural and urban livelihoods by integrating community development and conservation. WMG provides local residents and community groups with the knowledge and skills necessary to sustainably manage their natural resources.

Brad Lancaster author of “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands” will make a short presentation and additional special guests will appear.

The ticket price is $8.00 per person, $6.00 for Loft Cinema members. Proceeds will benefit The Loft Cinema and WMG (both 501c3 non-profit organizations).

For information about WMG programs and opportunities please contact:

Lisa Shipek. Executive Director
PO Box 65953
Tucson, AZ U.S.A. 85728

520-795-7777 (Showtimes Recording)
520-795-0844 (Box Office)
520-322-LOFT (5638) (For all other inquiries)

For press information and interviews for this special event, please contact:
Jill Nunes
(520) 829-6027   jill.nunes@…

• Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water (www.charitywater.org).

• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants (www.foodandwaterwatch.org).

• While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five (www.charitywater.org).

• The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns (http://www.water.org).

• According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic (http://www.nrdc.org/).

• Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil. ~CBS News, FLOW.

• There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. ~ Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxer’s Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.

• California’s water supply is running out – it has about 20 years of water left in the state. ~ Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.

• There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems. ~ William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.

• In Bolivia nearly one out of every ten children will die before the age of five.  Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water.  ~Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia, FLOW.

• The cost per person per year for having 10 liters of safe drinking water every day is just$2 USD. ~ Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLOW.

James MacAdam
Watershed Outreach Coordinator
Watershed Management Group, Inc.
520-396-3266 office
520-780-9416 mobile

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