Gonzaga University will present two documentary films that describe the global water crisis. “Running Dry” will be shown Monday, Sept. 15 and “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” will run Tuesday, Sept. 16. Both begin at 7:30 p.m., and will be shown in the Martin Centre on the GU campus.
Water is a programmatic theme of Gonzaga University this semester.
The films are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. A portion of any donations received will be donated to the Chronicles Group and the Running Dry Project.
The events are sponsored by Gonzaga’s office of the academic vice president in support of the University’s 2008-09 thematic focus on water. Both screenings are free and open to the public. The films will be introduced by writer, producer and director Jim Thebaut, president of the Chronicles Group. An opportunity for those in the audience to ask the director questions will follow the screenings.
Every day an average of 9,500 children die due to a lack of water or disease caused by polluted water. “Running Dry” promotes and reinforces the message that water is a precious global resource, while it presents a variety of solutions that are available to solve the crisis.
Thebaut’s new film, “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” is intended to put a domestic focus on the water crisis, and will be in early release at the time of this showing. The “Running Dry” project is designed to be a comprehensive public information education project concerning the evolving water crisis.
“Running Dry” was inspired by late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon’s powerful book “Tapped Out.” Thebaut, the film’s producer and director, developed the project in association with Sen. Simon until his untimely death in 2003. Award-winning actress Jane Seymour narrates both films as they take viewers on a journey exploring the severity of the impending global water crisis throughout specific regions in Southern Asia, Northern China, the Middle East, Africa and the American Southwest. Various experts and world leaders, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, are interviewed throughout the documentary stating their concerns about their own regions and challenges a water shortage causes worldwide.
The “Running Dry” documentaries have been made possible by a grant from American Water, as well as a substantial grant provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Other public and private entities also have contributed to the project’s development.
For more information about the film and the Running Dry Project, visit the following Web site. For more information about the event, contact MaryAnn Rinderle in the academic vice president’s office at (509) 313-6504.