Thursday Oct 04, 2012 7:00 PM - Thursday Oct 04, 2012 10:00 PM | $15.00
Rock the Boat - Saving America's Wildest River
Cinema T, Magic Pebble Media, WSR Creative Lion's Heart Entertainment California Landscape Contractors Association and the Electric Lodge proudly invite you to the Los Angeles Premiere of:
ROCK THE BOAT - Saving America's Wildest River
Please join us for an evening of film and celebration as we officially launch ROCK THE BOAT on its national and international educational and community screening circuit. The renegade kayak journey that started four years ago on the LA River, and the story that took as long to find its happy ending, are finally here.
DETAILS Reception with appetizers and no-host bar 7-8PM Sponsored in part by West Hollywood Whole Foods.
Screening at 8PM
Q and A with the filmmakers and some of the film's leading stars at 9PM. Confirmed speakers: Ed "this is our legacy" Reyes LA City Councilmember
Andy "restore the watershed" Lipkis Founder and President of TreePeople
Omar "bring back the glory" Brownson Executive Director of the LA River Revitalization Corporation
Carol "let's fulfill the vision" Armstrong Co-Director of the City of LA's LA River Project Office
George "the river belongs to everybody" Wolfe Founder and Director of LA River Expeditions
Jenny "just go to it" Price Environmental Writer and LA River tour guide
PARKING There are several lots near the theatre. Prices vary, but are generally reasonable.
LIGHT APPETIZERS sponsored by Whole Foods.
ABOUT Rock the Boat For the past hundred years we've built our cities and roads, factories, dams and agricultural centers wherever we've wanted to, our engineering often triumphing over the natural lay of the land, balanced design and common sense. With climate change and an impending worldwide water crisis, we are now forced to look at the price nature has to pay for our urban lifestyle. Nowhere is this battle better illustrated than in Los Angeles - a dream city turned into nightmare sprawl. And nothing epitomizes man's efforts to reshape the face of the earth better than the LA River. Used, abused and forgotten, it is now at the center of a major vision to transform this hermetically-sealed metropolis into a sustainable model city of the 21st century.
From the heart of Los Angeles comes ROCK THE BOAT, a documentary about one man's fight to save his river, and a city's journey to the end of the world and back. With stunning imagery of the LA River, insightful interviews and a soft spot for humor, the film is a bright alternative to the current spate of doomsday documentaries.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: "The film is AMAZING! As an environmental organization working in policy and land use planning it was refreshing to watch activism end with a positive outcome, not only for the community but for our natural resources. ROCK THE BOAT did an excellent job describing the challenges in the public and agency eye with natural resource access, and showed how true grass-roots initiatives can accomplish large feats for the community and the environment. This film is truly inspiring and everyone at the screening left with a smile and empowered to make a difference everyday!" Alexis Oliar, Executive Director, Mountain Area Preservation
"George Wolfe's simple act of boating on the LA River becomes a political movement. This film tells the story with wit and aplomb, sheds light on the ridiculous, and reminds us that we all have the power to do what we know is right." - Shana Maziarz, Creative Director, Wild & Scenic Film Festival
"ROCK THE BOAT looks at the river's past, with its years of neglect and mismanagement, and at its very real dream of a future with an optimistic heart and a realistic eye." - Richard Pearce, Co-Producer "Food, Inc."
"A delightful, informative film. ROCK THE BOAT offers a positive and inspiring story of a small group of committed people whose actions, playful and smart, are forcing the government to clean up and restore the Los Angeles River." - John de Graaf, Author, PBS Documentary Director "Affluenza".
The Downtown Independent Theater (View)
251 S Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012