Category Archives: Ed Begley Jr.
By: Ann Murray
The green carpet rolled out for The Environmental Media Association’s EMA Awards this Saturday at the Warner Bros. movie lot, which was hosted by Olivia Munn and Jason Ritter. The event, which was completely plastic water bottle free, honored environmental films and television series, tackled topics such as alternative fuel sources and even featured a live Native American Dance troupe.
Celebrity guests included the brilliant James Cameron and his beautiful and green conscious wife, Suzy Amis Cameron (famous for her own green fashion choices). They were both on hand when Avatar snagged the night’s award for Feature Film. On the green carpet, Cameron explained the significance of how his film was shot and its overall environmental impact.
“Let’s look at the big picture,” he said. “Avatar was a film that took place in an enormous rain forest. Can’t shoot big battle scenes in a rain forest. It was 100 percent CGI. There were a few people playing multiple roles so the footprint compared to the visual impact was very tiny. But ultimately it’s a multi-hundred million dollar movie, there are a lot of people working on computers, and those computers are absorbing energy. There’s no way you can say this movie was made with one watt of power. But you have to weigh the value of the film with the environmental impact in the public consciousness.” – James Cameron, on making Avatar
“Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.” – Mark Twain
30 scheduled screenings of Tapped followed by a town hall Q & A – will kick off in Los Angeles on March 22nd en route to New York City. The Tapped truck can be tracked online – featuring celebrity guest columns by Ed Begley Jr and David de Rothschild, a public service announcement by Grammy Winner Jack Johnson, and daily videos and bonus clips from the film.
Beginning World Water Day (March 22nd) Tapped’s Producer Sarah Olson and Director Stephanie Soechtig will take their mobile showroom on the road, collecting pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use and trading empty plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel Klean Kanteens. This mobile translucent recycling container will begin the “Get Off The (h20) Bottle” tour in Los Angeles with an empty cabin that will be filled with the public’s empty water bottles by the time the team ends up in New York City on Earth Day (April 22nd, 2010).Director Stephanie Soechtig says about the tour, “1,500 bottles of water end up in landfills every second – that’s 30 million bottles of water a day! We wanted to show people just how much waste is generated by bottled water – so if that means we have to drive city to city to get the point across than that’s what we’ll do!” The stops along the tour will include San Diego, CA (March 22nd), Tempe, AZ (March 23rd), Tucson, AZ (March 24th), Santa Fe, NM (March 26th), Salida, CO (March 27th), Denver, CO (March 30th), Boulder, CO (March 31st), Omaha, NE (April 2nd), Lawrence, KS (April 5th) Norman, OK (April 6th), Dallas, TX (April 7th), Austin, TX (April 8th), Houston, TX (April 9th), New Orleans, LA (April 10th), Atlanta, GA (April 13th), Nashville, TN (April 14th), Bloomington, IN (April 15th), Chicago, IL (April 16th), Goshen, IN (April 17th), Washington, DC (April 19-20) and New York City (April 21-23nd). Tour Sponsors include Klean Kanteen, Food and Water Watch, Multi-Pure water filters, and Aveda.
ABOUT TAPPED Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water. For more information please go to www.tappedthemovie.com.
FREE SCREENING March 24th, Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall, Santa Monica, CA. 4:00pm Open To The Public Sponsored by The Daily Ocean.
UPCOMING DATES: (visit our website for more details and showtimes)
March 19 – Mill Valley, CA
March 19 – Montreal, Quebec
March 20 – Sunnyvale, CA
March 20 – Boston, MA
March 20 – Vancouver, British Columbia March 21 – Prince George, British Columbia March 21 – Portland, ME
March 21 – Honolulu, HI – hosted by Jack Johnson and Kokua Hawai’i Foundation March 21 – Venice, CA
March 21 – Kelowna, British Columbia March 22 – Annandale, VA
March 22 – Guelph, Ontario March 22 – Mill Valley, CA March 22 – San Diego, CA March 22 – Burnaby, British Columbia
March 22 – Auckland, New Zealand March 22 – Manchester, United Kingdom March 22 – Durham, NC