CHICO, Calif. - "California Water Stories" is the focus of the third annual In Focus Film Festival in Chico on Sunday, November 10, 2019. It's presented by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico in partnership with the university's Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA).
Three films will be screened that were directed by CSUC Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Jesse Dizard and produced by the Emmy Award-winning ALVA.
Here is the Film Festival schedule:
3:00 p.m. "Stolen Paradise". The stark landscape of the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake, and Owens Dry Lake illustrate the consequences of efforts in the early 20th century to move water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles.
3:45 p.m. "Muerte Silenciosa". Follow the life of Central California agricultural laborer Consuelo, who describes her difficulties making ends meet and caring for her newborn without safe, clean drinking water.
4:30 p.m. "Treading Water'. Explore water scarcity issues of our local community through the lens of local Indigenous groups, water activists, commercial fishermen, farmers, politicians, and others.
5:20-6:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Todd Greene, CSU Chico Chair of Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.
Ali Meders-Knight, Mechoopda activist and artist.
Jim Brobeck of Aqualliance.
Dr. Jeffery C. Davids Assistant Professor Civil Engineering Department, CSU, Chico.
Maggie Scarpa, City of Chico Civic Spark Fellow.
Chico Natural Foods will be selling small plate appetizers and Kombucha and the Chico Women's Club will offer a no-host bar.
There will also be information tables set up by the Butte Environmental Council, AS Sustainability, Altacal Audubon, Certified Neighborhood Habitats and the City of Chico Sustainability Task Force.
The event is free (donations accepted) and open to the public. The Chico Women's Club is located at 592 E. 3rd Street.
For more information about the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology click here.