Educational Success

We’ve been extremely proud of how Who Owns Water has been received in academic circles. From middle schools to graduate programs, the film has sparked conversation about water and how we handle it in our homes, communities and on a regional scale. Hearing the people in the film speak emotionally about the rivers and seeing the physical connection with water throughout the film seems to open a nice forum for post-screening discussion.

Just recently, David joined the panel at Oregon State University’s Hydrophile Symposium in Corvallis. Oregon’s water laws, like those in the western states, are much different from eastern riparian laws. We watched the film then had a spirited conversation with grad students, community members and leading scientists and policy makers from Oregon (Aaron Wolf, Brenda Bateman, and Julie Keil were on the panel with David).

An OSU Hydrogeology professor posted this note, including a great review from one of his students, on his blog : CLICK HERE TO VIEW

We’d love to share the film with more schools and universities. Please contact for details.


Scientists Rule

Thanks to Oregon State University’s Water Resource Engineering department for hosting the film in conjunction with a fascinating discussion about water rights and solutions. We talked about water conflict resolution with Aaron Wolf, recent Heinz Award recipient and one of the world leaders in water conflict solutions (Australia, Israel and Singapore are the shining examples of water allocation success). We talked about Big Data and its place in water resource engineering (a seat at the table, alongside social, political, narrative influences). And we talked about the overall importance of science, especially as funding is cut and an opposition voice has arisen determined to undermine science’s credibility for establishing policy and regulation. Apparently, the film proved to be a great tool for bringing science (or the essence of science) out into the public realm.

I love scientists. Especially really really smart ones who don’t take themselves too seriously and who conduct their rigorous research in a broad-view, process-oriented manner.


[Image from Crooked River National Grassland, central Oregon]

Georgia Film Tour

February Film Tour getting close!

Thanks to a grant from Patagonia and the coordinated efforts of the Flint and Chattahoochee Riverkeepers (among others), we are pleased to announce the final schedule. Michael and David and the Riverkeepers will be sweeping Georgia soon ::

–          4 February, 7pm, Brooks United Methodist Church, Brooks, GA  (Presented by Flint Riverkeeper and Modoc Stories); free to the public

–         7 February, 7pm, Baker County School, Newton, GA (Presented by Flint Riverkeeper and Modoc Stories); free to the public

–          9 February, 7pm, Peoples’ South (Bank) Community Center, Colquitt, GA   (Presented by Flint Riverkeeper and Modoc Stories); free to the public

–          10 February, 7pm, Outside World Outfitters, Columbus, GA; $10 charge, includes supper and beverages   (Presented by Outside World Outfitters and Modoc Stories)

–          11 February, 6:30pm reception / film starts 7pm, University of North GA, Gainesville, GA   (Presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Flint Riverkeeper, and Modoc Stories); free to the public

–          12 February, 7pm, Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA* (Presented by Cherokee Garden Club and Modoc Stories); free to the public, but *For this screening, reservations requested. Please RSVP

(A few posters for individual events…)

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February in Georgia

Thanks to Flint Riverkeeper and a grant from Patagonia, we’re hitting the road again, bringing the film to the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint watershed. All dates are not set, but we will update that soon. For now we know this:

February 11th, Time TBA, University of North Georgia, Gainesville, GA (sponsored by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper)

February 12th, 7pm, Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall, Atlanta, GA (sponsored by Cherokee Garden Club)

All shows will be free and we will be talking about ongoing issues facing the watershed, including the potential for a controversial plan to engineer underground water storage in the Flint River basin. We’re looking forward to bbq and getting people fired up about their rivers!



Fresh Press : MSNBC

While we were in NYC recently, we took the 30 Rock elevator up to the offices of MSNBC. They wanted to know more about the water wars, especially in light of the recent Supreme Court decision to hear the case of Florida v Georgia. Today they posted a slideshow of images and hopefully spread more word about the water wars…

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Click on image for link…


Fresh Press : NPR

A few weeks ago Michael drove to David’s house at 6am and they sat in separate rooms for a live phone interview with an Atlanta NPR show. David was on the tail end of a cold so his voice sounds like a Harley Davidson fueled by Jack Daniels.

Take a listen:


Portland to the Panhandle in 24 hours


Michael will be toting the Who Owns Water theater version to

Patagonia Portland, OR : Thursday, Nov 6    |     7pm

Watercolor, FL : Mountainfilm Telluride on Tour : Friday, Nov 7


Future screening!

New York City, Lincoln Center :  Mountainfilm Telluride on Tour : Sunday, Nov 23rd early evening.

David and Michael will be there to run their mouths following the flick.

Fresh Press : The Weather Channel

So these two brothers walk up to a glass bar and start talking to the weather lady…

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Click for link to interview (<3min)

Fresh Press : Dirtbag Diaries

Fitz and Becca Cahall, founders of The Dirtbag Diaries, live near us in Seattle. The Diaries is a radio storytelling site for people who like to camp, climb, bike, paddle, ski, and generally spend a lot of time exploring wild places.  Fitz and Becca came to the Seattle premiere of Who Owns Water, hosted by the legendary honky tonky dive, Underwood Stables.

Fortunately, they liked the story of the Hooch enough to invite David to record a Dirtbag Diaries short about his first journey down the Chattahoochee River in 2009, the trip that laid the foundation for Who Owns Water.

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Take a listen by clicking here (15 min)

Georgia Film Tour


The WOW Georgia Film Tour begins next week. Please let us know if you will be around for any of the following dates. We’d love to see you!

Oct 16: Albany, GA : Flint RiverQuarium  :  11am + 1:30pm + 7pm

Oct 17: Americus, GA : Rosalyn Carter Institute Lecture Hall  :  7pm

Oct 18: Warm Springs, GA : Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute Auditorium 7pm

Oct 21: Atlanta, GA : Pace Academy : 8am

Oct 21: Auburn, AL : School of Journalism : 7pm

Oct 22: Athens, GA : CINE Theater : 6:30pm  (The event also celebrates the launch of Joe Cook’s new book, Chattahoochee River User’s Guide)


Big thanks to Flint Riverkeeper for the Flint basin events, UGA professor Dorinda Dallmeyer for Athens screening at CINE, and Professor Ric Smith at Auburn University.

For more info or to get in touch about meeting up with us at an event :: Email at

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