Hope is the surprising emotional core of Sebastopol-based filmmaker Emmett Brennan’s poetic and soulful essay on the perilous state of California’s water ecosystems. Initially motivated by a profound sense of rage and helplessness over environmental devastation, Brennan takes an improbable approach: Instead of dwelling only on the catastrophic consequences of disrupting California’s water cycle (through decades of diversion, desertification, overdevelopment, and global warming), Reflection affirms the inspiring efforts of committed eco-visionaries who are restoring the natural and healing equilibrium that healthy water systems can bring. We meet Santa Rosa ranchers, Ojai farmers, L.A. greywater ecologists, and Sonoma soil gurus whose innovations (often based on ancient wisdom) point the way to a healthier water future. Threaded throughout is the filmmaker’s weeks-long walk along the path of the L.A. Aqueduct, which drained the Owens Valley: a fitting symbol of the price we’ve paid for building the Dream State. –Peter L. Stein
We will be joined in person by director Emmett Brennan for an onstage conversation.
Sponsored by T. WOLF
Thursday, Oct 14, 7:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
Friday, Oct 15, 4:00pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Emmett Brennan is a filmmaker based in California. He is best known for producing the award-winning film Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective. Reflection: a Walk with Water is his directorial debut. He built a cabin in the woods where he currently lives.