Running Dry: Beyond the Brink
Washington DC (Vocus) June 15, 2010
A preview of the provocative documentary film Running Dry: Beyond the Brink will be presented the evening of Wednesday June 16th, 2010, in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The film examines the growing issue of drought, water scarcity and their impact on international security in the 21st century. The event is co-sponsored by The Chronicles Group in association with the Embassy of Australia and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Speaking at the event will be Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Representative Dan Burton (R-Indiana), and Representative John Garamendi (D-California).
What: A preview screening of the new documentary film Running Dry: Beyond the Brink followed by policy dialogue about global water scarcity, nation building and its impact on national security.
Who: Filmmaker and global hydro-activist Jim Thebaut of The Chronicles Group will introduce the film. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Dan Burton (R-Indiana), and Representative John Garamendi (D-California) will speak. Special guests will include actress/activist Jane Seymour and senior representatives of the Australian Government.
When: Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 at 6:00 PM
Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Why: To bring the Executive and Legislative Branches of the U.S. government together with the public and private sectors to promote a dialogue about drought, water scarcity and their ultimate impact on international security.
Agenda: 6:00 PM EST- Hors d'oeuvres and Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM - Introduction and Remarks from Speakers and Special Guests
8:00 PM - Screening Preview of RUNNING DRY: BEYOND THE BRINK
Available for Comment: Jim Thebaut, Rep. Markey, Rep. Burton, Rep Garamendi and Jane Seymore will be available for interview before or after the event.
About “Running Dry: Beyond the Brink”:
This is the latest in The Chronicles Group’s Running Dry series of documentaries dealing with the stark realities of human suffering that threatening the globe as a result of water scarcity and drought. Water crises are rapidly spreading to many regions of the world where humanitarian needs are already largely ignored. One in eight individuals do not have access to safe water and 2.5 billion (40% of the world’s population) do not have access to sanitation. Furthermore, over one million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and sanitation. The emergence of infectious disease as a result of drought and extreme temperature warming in these regions will add to this evolving emergency. For more information, go to runningdry.org
About The Chronicles Group:
The Chronicles Group is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which has previously produced documentaries on water scarcity and other topics that have aired on Public Television throughout the country. The mission of The Chronicles Group is to create compelling media, which focuses on national and worldwide water crises. For more information, go to chroniclesgroup.org
About Jim Thebaut:
Throughout his career, Jim has written, produced and directed an array of prominent socially significant productions, including his 1992 Cable Ace Award-nominated America Undercover documentary for HBO, The Iceman Tapes - Conversations with a Killer. He has also produced A&E’s Bad Cops and Execution at Midnight. James was the executive producer for the CBS television dramatic special A Deadly Business, which exposed organized crime's involvement in the toxic waste business. James also directed/produced the documentary for Public Television, The Cold War and Beyond, which explored the Cold War brinksmanship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Jim has earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Washington, his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and his Master of Science degree from UCLA. He is a member of the International Documentary Association.
Media Contact: Dan Spelling or Brian McWilliams at Spelling Communications