Geography Awareness Week Focuses on Water Issues in the Great Plains

Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:00 pm

The MSU Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences is hosting a special Geography Awareness Week Event at 7:00 pm on November 17 at Wells Hall, Room B115, on MSU’s campus.  This event is free and open to the public with an associated Q&A session. This presentation will feature filmmakers Steve Lerner and Reuben Aaronson who will be presenting a composite of short films about water issues in the high plains of western Kansas.  In the main film, entitled When the Well Runs Dry, rural Kansans tell us their heartfelt stories about the threats they face to the availability and quality of the water they depend on. Watch the Trailer for When The Well Runs Dry.mp4

Reuben Aaronson:
Reuben is a Producer/Director/Cinematographer based in Los Angeles, whose distinctive work reflects a wide variety of experience that now totals over forty years. Reuben has traveled the world to shoot and direct award-winning films about the human experience for National Geographic, Discovery, HBO, PBS and others. From Academy Awards to Emmys, Reuben’s work is consistently recognized for its beauty and sensitivity.
Reuben’s most recent film, AMAZON GOLD, a documentary about the horrific damage to the rainforest from illegal gold mining, was narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. The film was honored at the NY International Film Festival, The International Environmental Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (Best Conservation Program). It received Best Environmental Film from the Green Film Network, 2014.
Reuben’s other projects include: THE DUST BOWL a two-hour special for History Channel; LORDS OF THE GARDEN, THE TREE-TOP PEOPLE OF NEW GUINEA, Winner, Gold Medal for Cinematography, Houston International Film Festival, Best of Festival, CINE Film Festival; and THE LAST FROG, a National Geographic film for which he won a national Emmy for Cinematography.
Steve Lerner:
Steve, a psychologist and filmmaker, founded Menninger Video Productions at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. There he produced and directed many educational films for mental health professionals. After leaving Menninger, he founded Equal Partners Productions, producing and directing another extensive group of films. Guilford Press, a New York publishing company, purchased the Equal Partners catalogue, and hired Steve to direct three more productions.
More recently, Steve began concentrating on documentaries. His 2009 film, TRAS BAMBALINAS (BEHIND THE SCENES), shot in Mexico, won Best Documentary at the Kansas/Missouri Short Film Festival in 2009. In 2010 he directed LA PIZZA Y EL AMOR (PIZZA AND LOVE), a humorous look at the relationship between food and love. Steve’s next documentary, FLORENCE KANSAS, funded by the Kansas Humanities Council,told the story of a small rural Kansas town–its history, challenges, and dreams for the future. It was an official selection at the AMC Kansas City Film Festival in 2012. Steve’s most recent film, a 14 minute narrative short, ESTA GUITARRA VIEJA (THIS OLD GUITAR) won Best Director at the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival in Florida, and was also an official selection in two additional festivals.Final 2016 GAW


Wells Hall, 619 Red Cedar Rd. East Lansing, MI 48824
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