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CLCA Sponsored Rock the Boat Wins Best Feature Film at the FILManthropy Film Festival

May 22, 2012

CLCA Sponsored Rock the Boat Wins Best Feature Film at the FILManthropy Film Festival
SACRAMENTO, California (May 22, 2012) — The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is pleased to announce the documentary Rock the Boat was the recipient of the Best Feature Film Award at the FILManthropy Film Festival, Saturday May 19, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. This is the third award the film has received this year. CLCA is a sponsor and co-producer for the documentary Rock the Boat along with a new sponsor Lion’s Heart Entertainment. 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 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 EPA declared the Los Angeles River a navigable river, making 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 is called the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and it works with President Barack Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative. This partnership aims to create local jobs, improve quality of life and health by revitalizing waterways. “We were very excited about the possibilities of what the Los Angeles River could become, not only from a recreational and flood prevention perspective, but also as a significant water source for the area. With California’s water issues, rather than see all the water pushed out to sea, there are lots of ways to harness some of that water for Los Angeles to use. CLCA is excited to be a part of this movie and pleased that the film community is too, based on the awards and attention it has received so far,” said Chuck Carr, Director of Communications of the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Rock the Boat was previously honored to receive the People's Choice Award at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in January 2012 and the ISLA Earth Award of Merit for Environmental Filmmaking at the Catalina Film Festival 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.

“I am thrilled that the film was named Best Feature Film in the FILManthropy Festival,” said Director Thea Mercouffer. “We are very excited and touched that the film is receiving such positive attention and hope that it will help make a difference in defining a sustainable future for the Los Angeles River. We would like to see the Los Angeles River not only become a water resource, but also a source of enjoyment for the people of Southern California and a positive role model for other cities’ river restoration projects. Thank you to everyone who has helped this film along the way. We could not do it without you!”

The FILManthropy Festival is a unique film festival because it honors the filmmakers who use film as a medium to help make the world a better place and it also raises funds for the causes and organizations that are touched in the films. All of the films shown at the FILManthropy Festival must strive to inspire change in the world; inspire community service around the corner or around the world; educate, raise awareness or shine a light on important social, economic, medical, environmental, educational and spiritual issues that have an impact on the local and global community. Rock the Boat will receive a trophy and prizes, and TreePeople, the charity Rock the Boat chose to support, will split the event's net proceeds. TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Rock the Boat was recently featured on Urban Dirt with David Walrod and also invited to screen outside the competition at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, North Korea. To find out more about the film, visit Rock the Boat's website at   

Barbara Landrith
Outreach Specialist
California Landscape Contractors Association
1491 River Park Dr#100
Sacramento, Ca 95815
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