A documentary examining local efforts to transcend the Basin’s contentious water history will have a special five-day screening at Pelican Cinemas.
Showings of the 90-minute documentary “A River Between Us” will kick off at 1:35 p.m. Friday and run through Thursday, June 11. The film is not rated.
According to a new release, co-producers Jason Atkinson and Jeff Martin want the film to raise awareness about the Basin’s water crisis and start a national dialog that will be heard from California to Washington, D.C.
Atkinson, of Central Point, is a former Oregon senator who represented Jackson and Josephine counties during his tenure in the early 2000s.
‘Call to action’
“We created this film to be a cinematic call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history,” Atkinson said in a prepared statement. “Our goal for it is to provoke the White House into taking part in it.”
Several of the Basin’s water stakeholders — including Basin tribes, farmers, business professionals and activists — and former Oregon Govs. John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, participated in the film.
In all, Atkinson and Martin completed more than 70 interviews for the documentary.
On-project farmer Steve Kandra, Klamath Water Users Association Executive Director Greg Addington, and Upper Basin Ranchers Becky Hyde and Matt Walters are featured in the film’s trailer. Lower Basin tribes, conservationists and other stakeholders also are featured.
The film will open Friday and run through Thursday at the Pelican Cinemas, 2643 Biehn St. For more information, visit www.catheatres.com.