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CLCA Sponsored Award-Winning Documentary Rock the Boat to Premiere in Los Angeles – October 4

September 11, 2012

CLCA Sponsored Award-Winning Documentary Rock the Boat to Premiere in Los Angeles  October 4
SACRAMENTO, California (September 11, 2012) — The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is pleased to announce the award-winning documentary Rock the Boat will premiere Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm at The Downtown Independent Theater at 251 S Main Street, Los Angeles, California. A no-host bar and appetizer reception will begin at 7:00 pm with the screening at 8:00 pm followed by a question and answer period. CLCA is a sponsor and co-producer for the documentary Rock the Boat along with Lion’s Heart Entertainment. Directed by Thea Mercouffer, the film is about the controversial tale of a group's 51- mile boating expedition down the cemented canals known as the Los Angeles River in 2008. The cement walls were originally built by the Army Corps of Engineers to move water away from Los Angeles to prevent flooding. The group, organized by George Wolfe, lead kayaker and accidental environmentalist, defied local authorities and the Army Corps of Engineers hoping to have the EPA declare it a navigable river so that it could gain protection under the Clean Water Act.

On July 7, 2010, the Los Angeles River was declared a navigable river by the EPA, which made it eligible for federal protection and funding under the Clean Water Act. Since that time, Los Angeles has also become one of seven cities chosen for a pilot project to revitalize polluted urban waterways. The program, called the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, works with President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. In addition, Jerry Brown signed SB 1201 on August 28, 2012, which states that the river is a river, not just a flood control channel. With the passage of SB 1201, the general public now has access to the Los Angeles River for recreational and educational purposes.

“We are so excited that the film is ready to premiere and for the attention the river and the documentary are receiving. Since the original kayak trip down the cement canals, the Los Angeles river story continues to unfold in a positive direction. The river has so much potential, not only from a recreational standpoint but also as a large contributor to the local water supply. CLCA is excited to be a part of this movie and we look forward to seeing the continued evolvement of the river,” said Chuck Carr, Director of Communications of the California Landscape Contractors Association.

“I am thrilled and grateful for all the attention the film has received. So far, we’ve won three awards!” said film Director Mercouffer. “Everyone has been very excited about the film and we are humbled by the enthusiasm and encouragement from so many people. We are hoping that this will help bring awareness about the river and that Los Angeles can finally begin work on our river’s restoration. Thank you to everyone who has helped this film along the way. We could not do it without you!”

“It is a great opportunity to help co-produce such an inspirational documentary,” said producer RAC Clark from Lion’s Heart Entertainment. “Los Angeles is beginning to discover its river again and we are proud to be part of it. We’re glad to be here to help Rock the Boat!”

Rock the Boat was previously honored with the People's Choice Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2012, the ISLA Earth Award of Merit for Environmental Filmmaking at the Catalina Film Festival in May and the recipient of the Best Feature Film Award at the FILManthropy Film Festival also in May. George Wolfe, the lead kayaker highlighted in the film, was recognized with the 2012 River Hero Award by the River Network and WaterKeeper Alliance on May 7, 2012.

Rock the Boat was also featured earlier this year on Urban Dirt with David Walrod, recently with the Good Green Witch on Green Earth Radio and was screened outside the competition at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, North Korea. The film is currently scheduled to screen at three more film festivals including: the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, October 12-21 in Arkansas; the National Bioneers Conference, Friday, October 19, 2012, at 6:15pm in San Rafael, CA; and the USGB Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco, November 14-15 The documentary is available for purchase at The Video Project

To find out more about the film, visit Rock the Boat's website at To purchase tickets to the Los Angeles premiere go to For more information about a screening or to become a Presenting Partner please email

Barbara Landrith
Outreach Specialist
California Landscape Contractors Association
1491 River Park Dr#100
Sacramento, Ca 95815
(916) 830-2780