Connecting the Drops

This local short-film competition and screening aims to raise awareness of the importance and perils of water as it makes the journey from storm to stream.

Michigan’s water system is a vast and interconnected cycle, from raindrop to trickling stream, and large river to the mighty Great Lakes. Deeply intertwined within this water cycle are people, places, and our heritage.

Faced with the burden of legacy pollution and new emerging threats to freshwater, it is more important than ever to share our stories. We have a unique opportunity and deep obligation to protect and celebrate the resource that sustains our sense of adventure, our identity, and our very existence.

Outdoor Film Screening

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Join us for a public screening of local short films taking place outdoors on the barn at Riverview Launch!  Doors open at 7:00 PM, come early to pick your seat on the lawn.  We’ll have yard games, food and refreshments, and other entertainment and information on the lawn and in the “hub” before the films start at dark (around 8:30 PM).

FREE ADMISSION  |  Doors Open 7:00 PM  |  Films Start 8:30 PM

Location:  Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Dr, Kalamazoo 49004 (MAP)
What to Bring:  Bag chairs, folding lawn chairs, or picnic blankets
Parking:  Free parking at Riverview Launch (look for “event parking” signs)
Activities:  Lawn games, food, stream table demonstration, watershed and rain garden info; “movie theatre” concessions (cash only suggested donation)
Tickets:  Free tickets available online (FREE POPCITY POPCORN with advanced tickets)

**Event is rain or shine; in case of rain the screening will take place inside Riverview Launch**



Local Short Films

Join us in selecting the Public Media Network “Viewers Choice” Award!  After the screening, the public will get the chance to vote for their favorite local film.

Keep Our Water Pure  |  This short film shows the amazing sights this world offers while explaining why we need to conserve our water
Elise Wolfe
Youth Category

Of Wild Girls and Raindrops  |  Short nature clips from Ludington State Park with explanation as to why we should cherish clean water while we still have it
Jill Gernaat
Youth Category

Western Michigan University’s Nature Conservation  |  A description of Western Michigan University’s Goldsworth Valley Pond
Jordan Kopsky
Amateur Category

Eco Squad  |  Teens are enjoying their day on the beach when they come across dead fish, curious to what is causing this problem they decide to investigate, which leads them to the Kalamazoo river where pollution way be the main issue
Noah Lambrix
Amateur Category

Lake Girls  |  Three generations of women living on Woods Lake, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Asha Bittenbender
Amateur Category

This Is An Infomercial  |  Just a funny yet informative infomercial discussing the importance of making sure our water sources are preserved
Brian Hawes
Amateur Category

Michigan Water  |  A short film about Michigan water
Haley VanFulpen
Amateur Category

Yellow Gold  |  Animated short film
Cristen Leifheit
Amateur Category

Feature Film

We are excited to show the epic canoe journey featured in the film Rediscover North American. During public voting on the local film shorts, we’ll be screening this 5,200-mile river odyssey from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean captured in 30 short minutes of film. You won’t want to miss it!

Rediscover North America from Rediscover North America on Vimeo.

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