Theme: film

Thursday, November 11th

The conditions that make life possible are rapidly changing. Reckoning with this reality on the cusp of another dry season that may very well ravage his community, 30-year old filmmaker Emmett Brennan embarks on a remarkable journey to find stories of hope and healing. Emmett sets out to walk 200 miles next to the iconic but aging Los Angeles aqueduct, where he encounters ecological iconoclasts, Indigenous voices, and permaculture designers who are challenging the status quo on how we use Earth’s most precious resource. The film delves into a profound and far reaching look at our relationship with water and offers a vision for how to radically redesign our lives around it.

Reflection: a walk with water takes a refreshing approach to confronting our current environmental and systematic troubles, showing how Los Angeles and other parts of California are bellwethers for change. The film features original music from multiple Grammy winner, Jacob Collier, who is Executive Music Producer of the film. With voices and stories that speak to today’s younger generations, Reflection is both a personal meditation on water as well as a practical road map for positive change.

November 11th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm


Friday, November 12th

InhabitantsAn Indigenous Perspective tells a story of America’s troubled past and hopeful future as it follows five Native American peoples (Hopi, Blackfeet, Menominee, Karuk, Hawaiian) living in very different ecosystems as they each seek, after centuries of colonization’s disruptions, to restore their ancient relationships with the land to forge ahead with effective climate-change adaptation strategies. (Inhabitants, a collaborative project of the INHABIT Films Production Company, a Tribal Advisory Board, the Kalliopeia Foundation, the Namaste Foundation, and the Social Good Fund, was directed by Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer; with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, executive producer; and Roderick Spencer and Tom Sargent, co-producers).

November 12th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm


Saturday, November 13th

From the majestic peaks of the snow-capped Sierra to the parched valley of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water,” this stunning film poetically weaves together memories of intergenerational women. Native Americans, Japanese-American WWII incarcerees and environmentalists form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles. Featuring breathtaking photography and immersive soundscapes, the film recounts more than 150 years of history, showing how water lured outsiders in and continues to fuel the greed which sucked this once lush place dry. Ann Kaneko, director; Jin Yoo-Kim, producer; Tracy Rector, executive producer. 

November 13th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm