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Amusing Monday: Film contest raises water issues

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: This week a reigning award winner

This week, I’m offering you an actual award winner for your amusement. It’s a little longer than the usual fare in this spot, but it’s the winner of the Rain Bird Corporation’s Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition.

The first video is by filmmakers David Sutera of Salt Lake City, who received the Jury Prize and $6,000 for his entry “Glass Half Full.” It’s considered “a mockery of the film noir genre that drives home an important message of water conservation in an entertaining and comedic manner,” according to a news release from Rain Bird, which manufactures irrigation products.

This year’s Jury Prize was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Gary McVey, executive director of the American Cinema Foundation, documentarian Jim Thebaut and Timothy Brick, chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

The second video is by Michael McGuire of Los Angeles, who received the Audience Choice Prize and $3,000 for “Water Thicker Than Oil,” a simplified approach to water conservation as seen through a child’s eyes.

McGuire’s film was selected among five finalists screened during a gala event Oct. 11 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

“All of the finalists in the competition have taken on the world’s water issues through a personal lens that will undoubtedly encourage discussion on the efficient, effective and responsible use of Earth’s most precious resource,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s Corporate Marketing Director.

A lot more videos, including all five finalists, can be seen on Rain Bird’s You Tube site.