Havey Productions announced today that final funding for The Great Divide, a feature length documentary on the history of water in Colorado, will be raised through a grassroots Kickstarter campaign beginning September 8, 2014. The Great Divide will raise public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage while inspiring personal responsibility and informed discussion concerning the vital challenge confronting the state and region with increasing urgency — forging collaborative solutions for managing this most precious resource for a prosperous and sustainable future.
The Great Divide from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, will illustrate the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancestral Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions and conservation; the film will reveal today’s critical need to cross “the great divide,” replacing conflict with cooperation.
Millions of people, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of economic activity are all dependent on rivers born in the mountains of Colorado. The Department of Natural Resources predicts that Colorado's population will double by 2050.
“The information in this film needs to be heard now, and with a statewide tour of Colorado screenings in partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office 9News as our media sponsor and PBS broadcasts throughout the west – it will be heard,” director Jim Havey said. “We’ve been raising money from the water community in Colorado for the past year and they have responded generously, representing a broad base of support. With the public’s help through this Kickstarter campaign, we will meet matching grant requirements and complete the fundraising.”
Timing is everything, and Havey Production’s goal is to have a complete film in the Spring of 2015, in advance of the first ever Colorado State Water Plan. A diverse group of sponsors throughout Colorado are already contributing to the production, including, the Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, The Nature Conservancy, the Colorado River District, History Colorado, the Southwestern Water Conservation District, Denver Water, the Gates Family Foundation, and Molson Coors. 9News--KUSA-TV is the media sponsor and PBS stations throughout the west will air the completed film.
You can check out the kickstarter program here: http://kck.st/1qrKMlz