Film executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford exposes environmental threats to the Colorado River and offers solutions

SANTA CRUZ, CA – KAZU 90.3 FM and the Huichol Foundation are presenting a special Earth Day screening of the environmental film “WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West,” executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Decena. The film will be shown on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz beginning at 7 pm. Following the movie, there will be a question and answer period with director Mark Decena as well as a panel of local experts on water conservation including Huichol Foundation co-founder Nico Secunda.

“WATERSHED” tells the story of the threats to the Colorado River, the most dammed, dibbed, and diverted river in the world. Flowing through seven U.S. and two Mexican states, the Colorado River is a lifeline to more than 30 million people and faces ever-expanding populations and demand, along with diminished rainfall and rising temperatures.  The river’s delta was once a lush region covering over 3,000 square miles, teeming with plant, bird, and marine life.  However, a century of dams and diversions to supply water to agriculture, industry, cities, and towns means the once-mighty Colorado now runs dry before it reaches its natural end at the Gulf of California. Unless action is taken the river will continue its retreat, to the peril of the communities throughout the river basin.

The Redford Center produced the documentary WATERSHED as an inspirational social action tool for people who want to restore the Colorado River.  WATERSHED offers solutions and hope for the future water supply of the American West.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free to those who register online prior to April 18 at https://www.kazu.org and will be $5 at the door. The Huichol Foundation will have an information table at the film screening which will provide guests an opportunity to learn about the Huichol culture and various ways in which they can play an active role in cultural preservation.

About KAZU 90.3 FM

KAZU 90.3 FM is the NPR station for the Monterey Bay. KAZU is a listener-supported radio station, serving Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz communities with news, information, and cultural programming. For more information please visit www.kazu.org.

About the Huichol Foundation

The Huichol Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural, environmental, and economic survival of one of the last indigenous cultures in Mexico, the Huichol people. For more than 30 years, the Huichol Foundation’s co-founder Brant Secunda has been dedicated to the Huichol communities by supporting schools, fostering traditional art, promoting ceremonial customs, preserving local ecosystems and developing sustainable economic opportunities. The Huichol Foundation is now growing established programs and introducing a host of new projects to further foster this precious culture. For more information please visit www.huicholfoundation.org.


Kaia Roman, Huichol Foundation



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