A free public showing of The Great Divide is scheduled in Leadville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015at the Colorado Mountain College Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center. The showing is free, however there is a suggested donation of $5 to help cover costs for the film.
The Great Divide is hosted by the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, the area’s nonprofit land trust that works to protect the important natural, agricultural, scenic and historic lands and water resources in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Saguache and Park counties. The organization chose to promote the film because water resources in the region are intricately important to land conservation work, Executive Director Andrew Mackie said. The Leadville screening is in cooperation with Colorado Mountain College.
To view a trailer for the film, visit: http://ltua.org/
The Great Divide is a feature length documentary exploring the historic influence of water in connecting and dividing an arid state and region. The film is produced by the Emmy award-winning team at Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities. Millions of people, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of economic activity across a vast swath of America from California to the Mississippi River are all dependent on rivers born in Colorado’s mountains. In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount.
“The water we take for granted each and every day gets its start here in our state,” filmmaker Jim Havey said. “Our goal for this film is to raise public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage and we hope to inspire a more informed public discussion concerning the vital challenges confronting our state and region with increasing urgency.”
The film premiered on August 6th at the Newman Center in Denver to an audience of over 600 people. Among those in attendance was Cynthia Neeley of the Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation who said, “Outstanding film…it may be the most important message of our time.” 93% of those polled following the premiere said they would highly recommend the film.
“This film offers a very promising way to restore or create an appropriate sense of wonder over the arrangements that support human settlement in this state,” said Patty Limerick, Faculty Director at the Center of the American West.”
“Water is precious and very few people really understand where it comes from. Appreciating its importance, the limitations on water quantity and the significance of water quality are all critical areas for the citizenry of Colorado to really understand,” added former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar.