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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: August 22, 2011

Contact: Aimee Gordon Warthen,
District 2 Liaison - Kitsap County Commissioners Office
360-337-7097 or
No: 2011-057


Sustainable Cinema Series features "Waterlife"

An epic cinematic poem that reveals the extraordinary beauty and complex toxicity of the Great Lakes.

(Port Orchard, WA) - The 2011-12 Kitsap County Sustainable Cinema Series continues this Thursday, August 25, with a showing of a unique documentary "Waterlife." The film will be shown at the historic Dragonfly Cinema in downtown Port Orchard at 7:00 p.m. Kitsap County's Natural Resources/Environmental Review Manager, Patty Charnas, will lead a discussion at the film’s conclusion.

The film tells the epic story of the Great Lakes by following the cascade of its water from northern Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, through the lives of some of the 35 million people who rely on the lake for survival.

Providing earth with 20% of its surface fresh water and its third largest industrial economy, the Great Lakes are a unique and precious resource under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, evaporating water and profound apathy. They are also one of the planet's great preserves of extraordinary wilderness beauty and a bounty of unique species.

Waterlife” blends these realities with a dreamlike fluidity as it pours through the lives of some amazing characters. We meet an Anishinabe medicine woman who walked 16,000 miles around the lakes to sympathize with them; the last of the great Michigan fishing families; a man whose lakefront home now borders a field thanks to sewer overflows; the people of a village where mysterious toxins ensure that most new babies are girls; and the residents of Love Canal, a notorious Niagara Falls neighborhood abandoned in the 1970s and now

There is no charge. Donations are accepted to defray the costs to continue the series.

The Sustainable Cinema Series was created to provide interactive and educational information to Kitsap County residents about sustainable living. The series is sponsored by Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

For more information, please contact Aimee Gordon Warthen, District 2 Liaison, at 360.337.7097.


Additional resources:
Promotional poster
Waterlife interactive web site:


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