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This feature documentary captures the epic 240-mile journey along the Los Angeles aqueduct, commemorating the centenary of its opening on Nov. 5, 2013. The patient, steadfast pace of 100 mules over the course of 20 days provides a moment of meditation on the nature of our watershed. Mules were used to haul the gigantic pipes into place and transport the materials for the miles of concrete channels that exported water from The Eastern Sierra's to Los Angeles. The journey took place on Oct. 18, 2013, drawing the line between the Intake and the Cascades, the beginning and the end point of this engineered lifeline of the city of Los Angeles.
Featuring interviews with Michal Govan, President of LACMA, and Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, "One Hundred Mules" marks the second part of the trilogy series presented by Artbound and Metabolic Studio. The first installment showcased Metabolic Studio's "AgH2O" project, which connects the elements mined from the Owens Valley, silver and water, to the emergence of the film industry. The trilogy concludes with Metabolic Studio's most ambitious project, "Bending the River into the City," a piece of engineering proposed for a new century in which the L.A. River will be dammed, its concrete jacket punctured and its water lifted sixty feet from the river basin to the top of a sixty foot water wheel before it is treated and redistributed in the city's first community water bank.
SCREENINGS & AWARDS: American Documentary Film Festival - Palm Springs, CA March 28, 2015 - HONORABLE MENTION for Best American Feature Doc Portland Rising Film Festival - Portland, OR , August 15, 2015 12 Months Film Festival - June 20, 2015 - Winner Best Feature Documentary Muskoka International Film Festival - Rosseau, Ontario, Canada - August 28, 2015 Awareness Film Festival - LA Live Regal Cinemas , September 14, 2015 Los Angeles Film Awards - Hollywood, CA , September 19, 2015 - Winner Best Feature Documentary International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality 2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia - WINNER INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF MERIT The World Humanitarian Awards 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia - WINNER INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN GOLD AWARDS Miami Independent Film Festival – August 2015 Sunrise Film Festival - Nova Scotia – Nominated for Best Cinematography – October 2015 Breckenridge Film Festival - special event screening - Breckenridge, CO, September 19, 2015 Santa Monica Indie Film Festival 2015- HONORABLE MENTION, October 2015 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival - New York City, October 25, 2015, East Coast premiere VIDIOTS Foundation– Santa Monica, CA, November 5, 2015 All Lights India International Film Festival – Kochi, India November 16, 2015 VISION LA FEST – Armory, Pasadena, December 1, 2015 and Helms Design Center, December 8, 2015 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 2016 – Idyllwild, CA – January 5 -10, 2016
CREDIT: Editor & Producer