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Amusing Monday: Film contest raises water issues

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Rain Bird’s “Intelligent Use of Water” Film Competition has become one of my favorite water-focused events for “Amusing Monday.”

Winners of the contest were announced a couple weeks ago in Beverly Hills. The Audience Choice Award, “The Wash,” is featured in the player at right. It was the most amusing among the six finalists, but I have to say I enjoyed all the films this year.

The Jury Award, chosen by a six-member panel, was presented to a serious documentary called “Isla Urbana,” which examined a new way of bringing water to the residents of Mexico City.

The Jury Award winner, Greg Harriott of Brooklyn, N.Y., received a $10,000 prize. The winner of the Audience Award, Carla Dauden of Long Beach, Calif., took home $5,000.

The host of the awards ceremony was Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and host of the new television program “Wild Countdown” seen Saturday mornings on the ABC network.

All the 2012 finalists can be seen on Rain Bird’s website, along with finalists from past years.
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Amusing Monday: Telling stories about saving water

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Rain Bird Corporation’s “Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition” brought forth some amusing moments this year, as film producers looked for new and clever ways to convey a message about saving water.

Winners of this year’s contest were announced in a ceremony last week in Los Angeles, where wildlife celebrity Jack Hannah served as master of ceremonies.

A jury of water professionals preferred a film about a man and a woman who get side-tracked into a discussion about water while trying to engage in sexy role-playing on the phone. Ben Mills of Basingstoke, Hants, U.K., produced the film, called “Fun and Games.” View it in the player at right.

Audience members who attended the ceremonies picked their favorite video, called “Just Don’t Flush It” by Brian McAndrew of North Bend, Ore.

The Green Industry Award went to by Jall Cowasji of Norman, Okla., who found an interesting way to describe a rather intricate, but somewhat primitive, irrigation system in the film “Water Ways.”

Because finalist Rob Kennedy was not selected for any cash prizes, I’d like to recognize his music video called “Save Water” for a special Amusing Monday Honorable Mention. Let me know if you think this film was better than the ones above or if you like any of them.

Rain Bird skipped the film competition last year for some reason, but you may review films from previous years at the website of the “Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition.”


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