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HOMEhome:buy_dvd_linkquotes and palms:palmOfficial SelectionEugene International Film Festival6palmOfficial SelectionLong Island International Film Expo6palmOfficial SelectionMaine International Film Festival6quoteEye-opening, informative and incredibly important for you to see... Tapped is another example of realizing film's potential to inspire. This is a passionate documentary, well-executed from engaging and intelligent voices who will inform and entertain you with their movie. See it!Ben Lyons, E! Entertainment & At the Movies15quoteTo start the process of change there is no better tool than curiosity and Tapped certainly asks all the right questions! We need more must-see films like Tapped, in order to inspire the change and solutions that our planet so desperately craves.David de Rothschild10palmOfficial SelectionColorado Enviromental Film Festival7palmOfficial SelectionLondon United Film Festival7palmWinnerIndie Fest Award of Excellence12ABOUTAbout Tapped:Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.About the filmmakers:STEPHANIE SOECHTIGPresident, Atlas FilmsDirector, ProducerStephanie Soechtig began her career ten years ago producing documentaries for 20/20, Primetime Live, produced for Good Morning America covering the 2000 presidential elections and worked with ABC's long-form unit to produce "Planet Earth" hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio. She then brought her documentary skills to Fox News Channel where she produced network specials for Bill O'Reilly before moving on to produce his daily show, The O’Reilly Factor.Stephanie graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism from New York University. Stephanie joined forces with Michael and Michelle Walrath in 2008 to start Atlas Films.JASON LINDSEYCo-Director, Writer, EditorJason Lindsey began his career ten years ago as an editor of commercials in Los Angeles before moving to Warner Brothers where he worked for six years and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Jason also directed three award-winning short films for New Zealand 48 Hour Film Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009: Bloody Vengeance II, Sea of Contrition and Killing Innocence - all of which were some of the most highly nominated and awarded films of the festival. Jason attended the Creative Writing program at Oxford University in England.MICHAEL WALRATHFounder, Atlas FilmsExecutive ProducerMichael Walrath founded Right Media in 2003. He was CEO of the company before its acquisition by Yahoo! in July 2007. Guiding and following through on Right Media's vision to create a more open, fair environment for online advertising, Mike helped to transform the industry and introduce a new sector: the exchange marketplace. The Right Media Exchange's 145+ members-advertisers, publishers, networks and technology providers-have an equal opportunity to connect directly to new partners, trade more efficiently and bring a new level of control to their businesses.Mike had a successful career at DoubleClick (and later MaxWorldwide) where he was director of direct marketing and senior vice president of strategy and development. In 2001, he was responsible for the creation of DoubleClick Direct, the company's direct marketing offering. Mike was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2007. He spends his non-business time enjoying his family and an occasional golf game.He has a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond. Michael co-founded Atlas Films in 2008 with his wife Michelle and Stephanie Soechtig with the goal of creating entertaining films with a social message.MICHELLE WALRATHFounder, Atlas FilmsExecutive ProducerMichelle Walrath is founder and executive director of the Walrath Family Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to having a positive impact on our environment, and furthering awareness of conservation and sustainable practices. The foundation considers the social, economic and health impact of environmental issues, with a special focus on children's health. They seek to help make a difference through education, awareness and direct support of organizations committed to the same issues. In addition to her work with the foundation, Michelle is an active member of the community at Holy Child Academy, where her three children attend school.Working with a group of dedicated parents, Michelle has helped implement many green, child-safe initiatives during the last 3 years at Holy Child. Michelle has a Master’s degree in elementary education and an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where she was a double major in health and women's studies. She also earned a yoga teaching degree and teaches children's yoga classes.Michelle was born and raised in Long Island, NY, where she lives with her husband and children. As an avid yoga practitioner and environmentalist, she uses her time to teach her family and friends about the importance of our health and the steps we can take to improve both our world and our lives.Michelle co-founded Atlas Films with her husband Michael and Stephanie Soechtig with the goal of creating entertaining films with social messages. Michelle blogs at: www.dreamingreen.wordpress.comSARAH GIBSONProducerSarah Gibson is an award-winning producer whose notable credits include two Sundance Film Festival Competition features; "I.O.U.S.A." in 2008 and "Small Town Gay Bar" in 2006 with Executive Producer Kevin Smith. "I.O.U.S.A," featuring Warren Buffet and Alan Greenspan was distributed theatrically in August 2008. Gibson has also produced numerous award-winning commercials and music videos including Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)".JESSIE DEETERCo-ProducerJessie Deeter is a Piedmont-California-based documentary producer whose notable credits include Producer on "Who Killed the Electric Car?," a feature-length documentary that premiered at Sundance, 2006 and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. In 2007, Jessie served as producer on two stories for Al Jazeera's "Everywoman" strand, "Matchmaking," and "Muslim Youth Camp" looking at Muslim life in America.ELLEN MAICo-ProducerEllen Mai joins Atlas Films after serving as an Executive Producer for Blue Field Entertainment and producing 11 documentaries for The History Channel including the critically acclaimed “Return of the Pirates”, “Soldiers for Hire”, “Child Warriors” and the eight-part series “Come Home Alive”. She also served as a camerawoman in Afghanistan and Peru for the documentary series “The World's Most Dangerous Places”. Ellen is also the Founder and Director of Developing Opportunity, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing education and job training to people in developing countries.Bonus Clips:Buy the DVD:Press:The truth about bottled water revealed in the movie TAPPEDBY JAMIE HARDINNovember 10, 2009 – DC Organic Food ExaminerWhen many people think of health, they immediately think of organic food and lots of water. Advertising images have created an association between health and bottled water. However, the movie TAPPED will make any health conscious consumer recoil from the next plastic bottle of toxins that they see. TAPPED, from producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., takes a full cycle look at America’s addiction to something that, as it turns out, is less healthy, rather, downright dangerous to drink.The movie starts out with the story of Nestle who owns many popular brands like Deer Park and Poland Springs. It illustrates how multinational corporations have found loopholes in local legislation that allows them to extract water from local sources, bottle it and send out water to others where there is perfectly good water coming out of the tap. It shows a glimpse of the struggle these local towns face as multinational corporations like Nestle, Coke and Pepsi are trying to find a way to legally claim water, which is a scarce resource. TAPPED illustrates the history of how we got to where we are and the undeniable fact that bottled water is more of a behavioral issue than a necessity. Much of bottled water is indeed just filtered tap water. After the history, the movie then starts to deconstruct the bottle and talks about the plastic that water is poured into. Bottles are created from PET, which use a petroleum-derived chemical called peraxylene that causes cancer. TAPPED shows the faces of Corpus Cristi, TX that must suffer everyday with a chemical production plant in their town and the undeniable fact that the people who live in Corpus Cristi have a higher rate of being sick or having birth defects.One of the most startling points of the film is that there’s really no regulation. There’s one person at the FDA who doesn't require reporting on a regular basis. When she does look at health and safety reports they are always submitted by the companies themselves. Water that is bottled in the state and sold in state isn’t even regulated by the FDA at all. A self-governing system isn't ever as safe as municipal water, which is tested multiple times per day. The most shocking part of the movie and one in which we will hear much more about as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking more of an interest in, is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is found in most of the 5-gallon jugs, hard water bottles and baby bottles. One 10-year study testing BPA at a dose 25,000 lower than the previous testing showed that it damaged the reproductive systems of mice. Scientists have found that it is related to many diseases, such as, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and even issues in children like ADHD. TAPPED examines the recycling issue where only 20 percent of beverage containers in the United States are actually recycled. The movie shows the terrifying mounds of plastic that we as a nation consume. But what happens to the rest of it? Well, it winds up in the environment. Washing up on shores in Hawaii and spinning around in the natural currents of the oceans in what scientists call the Garbage Gyre. The most stark part of the movie is when even the most educated viewer realizes that what is pushed as a “healthy beverage” in the end will ultimately contribute to our demise as a species. But there is a sliver lining to this movie. This is an easy problem to fix: don’t buy bottled water.If no one buys it, the companies stop bottling it.For those looking to make the switch, if taste is an issue, purchase a filter. If you need water when you're away from home, purchase a BPA free water bottle and fill it up every morning to take with you. With bottled water being 1,900 times more than the cost of tap water, it just makes sense to make the switch immediately for your health and wallet.If you enjoyed TAPPED, check out the movie Food, Inc.Tapped hits a nerveBY KAREN WISSINGOctober 29, 2009 – The AlmagestLast week marked the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute's 18th documentary film festival. The first opening weekend, I was able to see several informative short films, one of which had my blood boiling as I left the historic Arkansas theater.Directed by Stephanie Soechtig, Tapped is an inside look at the 11.1 billion dollar water bottle industry.In an effort to convey to you how corrupted the industry is, I'll tell you this: the day before the film was shown, Nestle contacted the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute from Switzerland and asked them not to show the documentary. Thankfully, the screening board rejected this request and a tiny, miniscule fraction of the population was able to see it, including myself, and I will never, ever purchase another bottle of water.Bottle water has absolutely no government oversight whereas tap water is not only regulated by municipalities, but it is also regulated by the FDA and the EPA. In fact, bottled water companies are not required to release any information to the public, including what is used to make the bottle.Corpus Christi, TX is home to Flint Hills, the world's second largest petro chemical plant. The people of Corpus Christi have 84 percent more birth defects than the entire state due to the amount of chemicals released by the production of water bottles. The most deadly substance used in the making of the bottles is Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a chemical which contains high doses of benzene, a leading cause of cancer.The residents living near Flint Hills are not only suffering from poor health, but they cannot sell their homes in order to escape the toxic exposure. As long as our society consumes bottled water, these people will be the silent victims. Each resident Soechtig interviewed clearly wanted people to know what was going on; "we, as a society, need to protect our most vulnerable," said one resident, while gripping a breathing apparatus.Corpus Christi residents are not the only people in danger; consumers are equally threatened, yet in a slightly different way. Besides paying 1,900 times the amount of tap water for that plastic bottle, consumers are also being exposed to contaminants such as toluene, a chemical found in gasoline and paint thinner; styrene, another cancer-causing agent; and phthalate, a chemical which causes birth defects.In addition, the five gallon plastic jugs often seen in offices and hospitals are made with Bisphenol A (BPA), one of the most toxic chemicals on this planet. Exposure to BPA can lead to diabetes, breast cancer, liver disease, prostate cancer and low sperm count. When Soechtig interviewed the one person in the FDA who oversees all bottled water companies, she asked the FDA rep about the amount of BPA produced for America's consumption. The FDA's reply? Nothing; the man accompanying the rep to the interview comes from behind her chair to say, "if we would have known you were going to ask about BPA, we wouldn't have given you this interview."There is so much more information in this film. It's quite upsetting, and I urge you to visit the website www.tappedthemovie.com. "If only we had been conditioned to think, what's in the plastic?"DO NOT MISS THE COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL!BY MIKE NELSONNovember 1, 2009 – ABC 7 DenverIf you're passionate about the environment and love watching films, check out the fourth Annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival, running from Nov. 5 to 7 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.The festival will also include a mix of films showing audiences where oil comes from and explaining where old televisions, computers or cell phones end up. TAPPED, a noteworthy film, will show the future of our precious water resources for Colorado's landscape and the livelihoods of landowners.In all, two dozen films will be shown during the four-day event.On Saturday filmmakers will answer audience questions about their films and explain what it takes to produce an environmental film. There will also be a silent auction during the festival, where patrons can bid on some of the DVD versions of the films and other environmentally friendly items.Over the weekend, many organizations will be at the festival with information on the environment, including Project Learning Tree, the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology, Colorado Mountain Club, the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service.There is also fun for the kids on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be activities available to teach kids about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.The festival will also hold a free recycling event of electronics, such as PCs, cell phones, fax machines, printers, microwaves and anything with a circuit board. Monitors can be recycled for an $8 fee, televisions for $10 to $25. The recycling event will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mountaineering Center.If you would like to purchase tickets and download a schedule with brief synopsis of each film, go to: the Web site for Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2009.Tapped: Even More Arguments Against Bottled WaterBY BETH TERRYOctober 12, 2009 – fake plastic fishI just finished watching the new documentary, Tapped, a polemic against the bottled water industry. As regular Fake Plastic Fish readers know, I’ve written extensively against bottled water myself, providing a multitude of reasons to avoid the stuff: Bottled water is not as strongly regulated as tap water; it requires more energy to bottle and ship than tap water; it negatively impacts local community water supplies; it turns over control of a public trust to private companies; and of course, the plastic bottle lasts in the environment virtually forever. Tapped covers all of these points and even some that were new to me.The film begins with the statement,By the year 2030, two-thirds of the world will be lacking access to clean drinking water. This is a problem every single person will be dealing with regardless of where they live in the world.Many of us think that taking shorter showers and neglecting our lawns will solve this problem. But the problem is much bigger than individual actions alone can solve because the majority of our water is used by industry — including, of course, the bottled water industry.Sucking Up Water During A DroughtDid you know that back in 2007 when Georgia and North Carolina were experiencing terrible droughts and citizens were severely restricted from using water, Coke and Pepsi kept right on extracting and bottling water from those communities? Eugene Brown of the Durham City Council tells Tapped filmmakers that Pepsi was drawing 400,000 gallons of water per day during the height of the drought, and lawmakers could not get them to stop.I did a little Googling to confirm this information. Check out Raleigh resident Sue Sturgis’s post from February 2008 citing the difficulties faced by a region in drought that is beholden to the bottled water industry:One of the city’s biggest water customers is Pepsico, which bottles Falls Lake water that it purchases at the same rate as residential customers and sells at a dramatic markup: While a gallon of Falls Lake water costs $.0022, Pepsi sells its Aquafina product at more than $4 per gallon — one of the reasons Durham City Councilman Eugene Brown has called for a boycott of Pepsi products. But at the same time, the city can’t release information to the public about Pepsico’s water usage without opening itself to litigation.As of today, the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council lists Durham County as “Abnormally Dry.” And is Pepsi still bottling there? You betcha. In fact, in 2009 the Raleigh plant was named the top production facility in the North American Pepsi system.Not Competing With Tap Water?Bottled water is all about control — who controls this most vital resource. The more we support this industry with our dollars, the less support there will be to maintain and improve our public water infrastructure. From the film:When you begin to treat water as a commodity where the price of the water is dependent on supply and demand, you end up with corporate control of all of our drinking water.Representatives from the International Bottled Water Association and the American Beverage Association all claim that they are not competing with tap water. And in fact, when the BlogHer Green Team had our conference call with Pepsi, we were assured that Pepsi had no intention of competing with tap water. Methinks they doth protest too much. Bottled water can only harm our public water systems, not support them.Paraxylene who?Another lovely character introduced to me by this film is Paraxylene (pronounced para-z?lene). He’s one of the building blocks of PET plastic, the kind of plastic out of which water and soda bottles are made. Paraxylene is a derivative of benzene, a highly carcinogenic chemical, which is derived from crude oil through a refining process at oil and petrochemical refineries (See “Why the Oil Industry Benefits from Bottled Water Sales“). One of the largest of these facilities, Flint Hills in Corpus Christi, TX, is just one of the many refineries polluting the air, soil, and ironically, groundwater of the people who live nearby.Let me say this another way: Bottled water, which is touted by the industry as being purer than tap water, is contained in plastic whose manufacture contributes to pollution of our water resources in the first place.Tapped interviews several of the residents who live near the plant, including Horace Smith who died before the film was released. He sits in his chair against a backdrop of the smoke-belching refinery and tells us that he feels like trash. Manipulative story-telling? Sure. But the fact remains that the Hillcrest neighborhood of Corpus Christi has elevated levels of cancer and a birth defect rate that is 84% higher than the state average. The residents tell stories of burning noses and throats from benzene emissions. You can read more of the Hillcrest residents’ stories in depth here.What’s in Bottled Water?So can these toxic chemicals leach into the bottled water itself? We don’t know. And why don’t we know? Because bottled water is not required to be tested the way tap water is. Because the FDA doesn’t require any outside testing at all and bottled water companies are not required to reveal the results of their tests OR the ingredients in the plastic. In fact, the FDA only regulates products in interstate commerce, which means that if a product like bottled water is produced and sold within the same state, the FDA has no jurisdiction over it at all.When we find out about contaminants in our tap water, it’s because of routine testing. When we don’t learn about contaminants in bottled water, it’s because the tests are not done or publicized. The contaminants could very well be there and we would never know.What Can You Do?1) Obviously, stop buying bottled water!2) Go see this film and recommend it to anyone else you know. Here in the Bay Area, it will be playing at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Wed. Oct 14, 2009 @ 9:00 PM, Smith Rafael Film Center – San Rafael. The Plastic Pollution Coalition will hold a screening in L.A. on Friday, Oct 23, at the UCLA James Bridges Theater. Check out the Tapped web site for more screenings. They are constantly adding more to the list.3) Sign Food & Water Watch’s petition to urge Congress to support our public water infrastructure by creating a Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund. Read more about H.R. 3202 here.4) Write to President Obama and ask him to set the example by refusing to drink bottled water. He just might be the sexiest president we have ever had, but these pictures are anything but. Here’s a link to send him a message. It’s simple: Protect our public water resources. Set the example. Stop drinking bottled water!This whole bottled water scam would be laughable, if it didn’t have such tragic consequences.Tapped - ReviewBY JON PETERSOctober 9, 2009 - killerfilm.comIt’s been a tough time for the food industry in documentaries this year, and as the films have shown, justly so. Food, Inc. unraveled the food industry in a stunning display of facts and terror. Tapped, the debut film from Stephanie Soechtig, feels like a companion piece in certain ways, but is just as vital and maybe more important. The film examines the bottled water industry with stunning revelations. Water is a necessity of life. Humans can live on water, and water only, far longer than food, but there are these companies that are treating water like a commodity that is their right to be bought and sold. It would be a fair argument to say the water industry is a lot like the oil business. Both are natural resources that are being mined without regard to the Earth and nearby citizens, and then turned around for top dollar.Who would’ve thought that the water you’re sipping on right now, as you are reading this review, is the cause of so much misery and confusion?Stephanie Soechtig wisely allows the facts to tell the tale, and trust me the facts are pretty scary in themselves, without anyone trying to spin it. By default, the film has an undercurrent of being green, but it never slaps you with it, but treats it as common sense-because it is. I feel that, again, this a wise decision, because a single scene of plastic bottles and litter floating in a lake is more terrifying than any filmmaker or narrator could muster in fiction. The water business, in global terms, is an 800 billion dollar industry, that thrives without much regulations. The FDA does little, and is often mislead by the corporations. Possibly the most staggering fact is that the business uses near 500 million gallons of oil to create the plastic bottles for the water and to transport it to our supermarkets.The film is filled with these facts, yet it never feels like a lecture. The film hits past statistics by showing the human element, which shows some people’s pain like an unnecessary nuance to the industry. Companies that are producing this chemical called Bisphenol A to make the plastic bottles for the water, and it’s having a massive negative effect on the people who happen to live nearby these plants, let alone the chemical is a neurotoxin that is leading to neurological disorders. When Soechtig interviewed the FDA about this, they sidestepped the question, and told her that if they knew she was going to ask about Bisphenol A, they wouldn’t have granted the interview to her! Incredible! When a dollar is to be made, our safety dies.Running 76 minutes, Soechtig allows the facts to be heard, without letting the film stumble over all this information, while also making the film move at an incredible clip. Also, Soechtig isn’t a slave to letting just the facts tell the story, as she’s well versed with her subject and during interviews, she clearly outsmarts the interviewees at their own game. They often have no answers to her questions, making the facts all that more revealing. With an industry aiming to privatize water, Tapped lifts the curtain back to show a slaughterhouse. Something so simple like water, is being re-released to us for top dollar, but in return of that hope that this bottled water is good for us, is essentially killing us one sip at a time. Tapped is one of the most pivotal documentaries made to save our lives.Area selectmen invited to private viewing of 'Tapped'BY STEVE BODNAROctober 8, 2009 - seacoastonline.comJust four area selectmen watched a documentary film about the national debate over water rights at the Wells Activity Center on Sept. 29, even though dozens of selectmen had been invited.Selectmen from Kennebunk, Wells, Kennebunkport and York, as well as the trustees of the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District, had been invited by the Ogunquit Select Board to see the film "Tapped." Ogunquit Selectman Phil Cavaretta said his board had hoped the joint viewing would help foster a better understanding of how bottled water operations like Poland Spring relate to area communities."I think the important thing is for all the selectmen to see (the film) and then maybe, at the regional level, get a movement going to change the government's policies on water," he said when reached Oct. 5.Richard Clark, from Wells, and Kinley Gregg, from York attended, as did Ogunquit's Cavaretta and John Abbott.Ogunquit Select Board members Michael Score and Jackie Bevins briefly attended, but did not stay for the film, Cavaretta said. All Ogunquit selectmen have seen the movie, he said.Since area communities share much of the same water resources either through the Branch Brook Aquifer, which Poland Spring sought to take water from through a proposed deal with the KKW trustees, Cavaretta said it's important for area communities to be on the same page with each other and to work together.It's a shared interest, Cavaretta said, "we weren't looking to offend anyone."Jim Burrows of the KKW trustees said he received a letter for the showing, but had a prior commitment.KKW trustee Richard Littlefield said he received a letter, but "had no interest in watching the film."Clark did not return a call made by the Coast Star, nor did Kennebunkport selectmen Chairman Allen Daggett. A call made to the Kennebunk Town Hall for Town Manager Barry Tibbetts was not returned.Stephanie Soechtig, director and producer of "Tapped," wrote in Oct. 6 e-mail to the Coast Star that to her knowledge, Ogunquit has the only municipal officials who have recommended the viewing of the film.However, her production company, Atlas Films, is working to show the movie in towns around the country that are affected by water bottling operations and related issues, so that it will "draw the attention of other legislative bodies.""I wish Ogunquit would urge more boards to watch the film — we are also trying to arrange a screening on the Hill," she wrote. "I'm obviously biased but I think it's an important film for anyone entertaining the idea of allowing big water companies into their town."The presentation of the film at the Wells Activity Center was not publicly posted in Ogunquit, according to Town Manager Tom Fortier.Postings in other towns could not be confirmed.Fortier said it was not to be considered a meeting, but merely an educational showing. He said no more than two members of any board stayed.Three could make a quorum if a meeting had been held, said Michael Starn, spokesman for the Maine Municipal Association.Starn said watching a movie for educational purposes without meeting for discussion doesn't appear to contradict any Right-to-Know laws that would normally require board post notice in advance of such a meeting."The key issue is: Are they conducting town business?" he asked. "The fact that they are in the same place at the same time does not constitute a Right-to-Know law violation."Judy Meyer of the state's Freedom of Information Coalition said if there was anything that board members got out of the film that could be used in future decisions regarding the town, then a notice should have been posted.Also, she added, "If the intention is to gather full boards, then a notice of the meeting should be posted."Colorado film festivals ready to rollBY CLAIRE MARTINOctober 4, 2009 – Denver PostTheir names don't start with "Telluride," "Aspen," "Boulder" or "Starz," but Colorado annually hosts more than 50 film festivals that slowly are gaining a toehold among Square State cinephiles.Autumn — the post-summer and pre-skiing period known as shoulder season in tourism industry lexicon — and spring tend to be popular times for hosting film festivals. And in this persistently lean economy, festival tickets are a good bargain.Indigenous Film & Arts FestivalOct. 13-18 at various venues in Denver and Aurora; 303-744-9686, iiirm.org. Opening- and closing-night films are free.Feature movies and documentaries that focus on issues, ideas and perceptions from an indigenous filmmaker's point of view. The films range from "Barking Water," a serenely paced story about redemption through a final road trip, and the highly stylized "4 Wheel War Pony," making the case for skateboards as steeds, to the documentary "Little Caughnawaga: To Brooklyn and Back," about the Native Americans who built Manhattan's skyscrapers.Steamboat Mountain Film FestivalOct. 23 and 24, Colorado Mountain College, 1330 Bob Adams Drive, and Steamboat Grand Ballroom, 2300 Mt. Werner Circle 9, Steamboat Springs; 970-870-9676Outdoor extreme-adventure movies for adrenaline junkies. Feature-length movies include TGR's "Re-Session" and Standard Film's "Black Winter," plus works from Colorado filmmakers including Kerry Lofy, whose "Chronicles of Gnar" was among the three top- rated such films in 2008. Previous years' submissions include the wacky Telluride short "Solilochairliftquist," and the unnerving helmet-cam footage of an avalanche-trapped skier near Haines, Alaska.Colorado Environmental Film FestivalNov. 5-7, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden; 303-273-9527Environmental niche films take center stage here, with some lighthearted movies alongside the gloomy ones. "Tapped," a documentary examining access to clean drinking water, makes its Front Range premiere at this year's festival. Among the 33 remaining films: Lynne Cherry's "Young Voices on Climate Change"; "Gimme a Hug," about sharks; and "What's the Economy for Anyway," by the director of "Affluenza."Rocky Mountain Women's Film FestivalNov. 6-8, Armstrong Theater and Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, Colorado Springs; 719-226-0450, rmwfilmfest.org.This established forum includes films about men, including "Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie," about the philanthropic free spirit who emcee'd Woodstock, and became a music-industry insider. Other films include "The Kinda Sutra," Oscar winner Jessica Yu's wry documentary about adolescent impressions and misconceptions of love and sex; "Sister Wife" about a polygamous marriage; and "Mine" about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Denver School of the Arts student film festival7-9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd.; 720-424-1773Animated and live-action movies and documentaries by adolescent Colorado filmmakers. The $10 pass includes pizza and soft drinks.Message in a BottleBY JUSTIN O'NEILLAugust 7, 2009 - ecomil.comStephanie Soechtig is sending out an S.O.S.By the year 2030, two-thirds of the global population will lack access to clean drinking water. This figure is the provocative opening statement of a new documentary, Tapped, by Stephanie Soechtig.Tapped is an informative and entertaining look at the disturbing history of bottled water in the United States, and the damage this industry has done and continues to do to our planet and our bodies. I recently had the chance to chat with the director and get some of her answers about how we can make a big difference through small changes in our daily lives.The film will make you mad, and rightly so. The movie provokes the kind of shock and righteous indignation that inspires change. For example, did you know bottled water costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water, even though 90% of tap water in the United States has been proven to be perfectly clean—in some cases even more clean than bottled water?Think about that next time you consider buying bottled water.So why is America obsessed with bottled water?Tapped sheds light on an issue that has received surprisingly little coverage. Soechtig theorizes this is because the secret shames of bottled water are protected by some of the country’s biggest corporations: Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the oil industry. These companies have launched “very clever campaigns to make us doubt the quality of our tap water,” Soechtig says.Largely unaware of the severity of the problem herself, Soechtig was inspired to investigate the bottled water industry after learning by chance about the existence of a “plastic stew,” known as the North Pacific Garbage Patch. An area twice the size of Texas (wow!), the stew contains 46 times more plastic than plankton and floats around in the Pacific Ocean between San Francisco and Hawaii.The movie’s footage of the plastic stew is truly shocking, and serves as a reminder that America’s 20% bottle recycling rate is far from adequate in taking care of plastic waste.The film takes a broad look at the bottled water issue, highlighting individuals and communities that have been affected by the industry, and adeptly demonstrating how their individual struggles reflect those of the nation as a whole. This is a huge story, and choosing what to include in the final cut of the film was a challenge for Soechtig and her crew.Tapped spends a good deal of its running time on the frightening health risks of PET and Bisphenol-A (BPA), two common ingredients in the plastic of water bottles, which independent studies have proven to cause cancer, birth defects, obesity, and other horrors.Soechtig hopes audiences will walk away from her film with a reminder that we all “vote with our dollars,” a true and easy-to-forget fact. Every time you go to the store, what you choose to buy sends a message of approval, meaning nothing will change. Consumption is a political act.Soechtig admits that there is a time and a place for bottled water, but it does not belong in daily life. It’s a matter of “changing habits,” Soechtig says, and avoiding plastic bottles “is not a radical change in your life.” A reusable stainless steel bottle is “just as convenient as any other bottle of water, but at least you know what you’re drinking,” Soechtig argues, as opposed to the largely unregulated and unknown contents of plastic bottled water.Bottled water may not be as “pure” and “healthful” as advertisements would have us believe, especially since 40% of bottled water is merely filtered tap water anyway.The movie is a smart and vicious attack on an industry that has become all too accepted in the United States and across the world. Making small changes in your water habits will not only help the planet, it will protect your health and save you money.What can we expect for the future of bottled water? Soechtig predicts that more and more people will see it for what it is: a scam that has become so entrenched in our culture that it is hard to escape. With educational outlets like this film leading to more awareness, hopefully people will begin enacting change on a large scale that will make our municipal water infrastructure even stronger.The film has been getting a very positive response. Tapped paints a poignant picture of the dirty world of bottled water of which many of us aren’t aware. The movie is enjoyable for its hip soundtrack, fast pace, clever editing, intriguing interviews, and on-screen persona of its director (who appears several times looking appropriately focused and concerned).While it is a one-sided attack, it brings forth many critical issues surrounding bottled water that need to be addressed. The film may provide only one piece of a big puzzle, but awareness about the issue will provoke meaningful discussion, debate, and reflection.If nothing else: you’ll never look at a plastic bottle the same way again.Currently, you can see Tapped at the IFC Center in New York. It opens in Los Angeles on Friday, August 7th. Visit tappedthemovie.com to learn more about the movie, watch bonus clips, and find upcoming screenings of Tapped. Support the underappreciated art of documentary filmmaking.What you can do:1. Carry a reusable (stainless steel) water bottle.…Or two or three if you tend to be forgetful. Put one in your car, at your desk, and in your home. Click to read more about this simple and important change in ecomii’s water bottle tip.2. Monitor your water consumption.Be aware that water is a valuable resource. Take shorter showers. Don't let your faucet run. Fill your dishwasher completely before turning it on.3. Think about packaging in general.If you’re choosing between two comparable products, and one is sold in cardboard packaging instead of plastic, buy the cardboard one.4. Let your voice be heard.Find petitions online. Contact your congressperson. It is too easy to forget that it is the voice and actions of each and every citizen that are responsible for creating lasting changes.Hitting the bottle is a huge problemBY GARY GOLDSTEIN, August 7, 2009 - LA TIMESThere's a not-so-new boogeyman in town and it's the bottled water business, whose troubling tentacles are persuasively exposed by director Stephanie Soechtig in her compact, clear-headed documentary "Tapped." Given the startling statistic that Americans consume 80 million single-serving bottles of water per day, it's no surprise to learn the product is plagued by a firestorm of corporate, health-related and sociopolitical issues. More shocking is that, while municipal water supplies are highly regulated, bottled water (40% of which, the film states, is simply purified tap product) is subject to little or no oversight, helping give such deep-pocketed bottlers as Nestle, Coca-Cola and Pepsi further license to run roughshod over community, medical and environmental concerns. And, "Tapped" contends, there is much to be concerned about, from the toxins that can exist in pre-packaged water to the dangers lurking within the crude oil-derived plastic bottling itself. Soechtig's cautionary tale is well supported by interviews with a variety of activists, environmentalists, community leaders and, especially, several small-town residents whose health and welfare have been compromised by the encroachment of the bottled water industry. If their stories don't persuade you to ditch the Dasani, vivid shots of how water bottle refuse is turning our oceans into "plastic soup" should do the trick.What the water bottle industry doesn’t want you to know.BY CHRISTOPHER CROCEAugust 6, 2009 - Manhattan Environmental News ExaminerThe numbers are staggering Americans buy over 30 billion single serve bottles of water a year yet we only recycle about 25% of them. Water Bottles not only pollute the earth but the leaching of chemicals like BPA (a hormone-mimicking chemical) from Polycarbonate plastic might actually be poisoning our bodies. A full 40% of bottled water comes from municipal sources meaning it is bottled from ordinary tap water. The average price for a 12oz bottle of water is $1.25 which is more than the price of gas. The water industry effectively has us paying for what 90% of us get already, tap water. Drinking filtered tap water at home and from a reusable stainless steel or glass bottle (when on the go) will not only save you from the potential health risks of BPA and prevent tons of environmental waste but it will also save you a lot of money and bring you some good karma in the process. Playing this Thursday* in NY is a documentary called Tapped that puts a spotlight on the water bottle industry connecting the dots in a long chain of waste and under regulation. It presents a very eye-opening, informative, and passionate look at what has become a multi billion dollar Water Empire. *Thursday Aug. 6th will be the last day to view the documentary Tapped in NYC.IFC Center 323 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10014 (212) 924-7771Don’t worry if you missed it in the theater they have a website where you can get the DVD and more information about there mission.Bottled Water SucksBY PETER ROTHBERGAugust 5, 2009 - The NationI knew bottled water was a social ill but I didn't know how damaging it was until I saw an explosive and compelling new documentary called Tapped.With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices.Claire Thompson summed up the problem well in her post on the movie at Grist: "Not only is it [bottled water] a clear waste of resources (only 20 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States are recycled, and far too many of the rest probably end up in the Pacific Garbage Patch), it's an incredible waste of money for consumers, who pay more than the price of gasoline for water that's marketed as "pure," but in reality is largely unregulated, full of harmful toxins like BPA, and far less safe for drinking than free tap water. (In fact, 40 percent of the time, bottled water is nothing but municipal tap water, freed from the government oversight that keeps it safe.)"Watch the movie's powerful trailer.The film's website lists where you can see the doc in the theater, and offers opportunities for hosting a screening of your own. (So far, it will be screened in a smattering of the coastal cities where you'd expect them to play.)There's also a Facebook page for the film and, most importantly for readers of this blog, ample tips on how to get involved in the effort to wean America of its pernicious bottled water habit. The first thing to do is stop drinking bottled water and gently but firmly urge your friends and family to follow suit -- buying them a reusable thermos can be a useful incentive. You can also sign an online petition, tell Jennifer Aniston and Tom Brady to stop shilling for Smart Water, and call on Congress to adequately fund our water infrastructure, which in many regions consists largely of dilapidated, Civil War era-water and sewer pipes.Tapped: Drinkable Water in Jeopardy!BY MELISSA RUSSELLAugust 3, 2009 - Campus CircleWith the mounting concern over the county’s water shortage (and Los Angeles’ existing tap water stigma), many Angelenos are turning – or already have turned – to bottled water to help assuage their water woes. Considering the convenience of being able to bring a pre-packed bottle of water that you can throw in your car or in your bag and take to class with you, what’s not to love about water bottles? Right?With fresh, clean, drinkable water coming out of your sink at home, you may not realize it, but there are two wars being waged right in our own backyards. Enter Tapped, a film that was named one of America’s Best Life Changers by “Extra.” And for good reason, the film delivers a shocking jolt of reality that will have you re-examining your responsibilities as a consumer.“Not only are we in a water crisis in which two-thirds of the planet will be without drinkable water in just 11 years,” says director Stephanie Soechtig, “but multinational corporations are literally pillaging communities around the country for this precious resource and bottling it into the very bottles which contribute the plastic soup in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.”In the same vein as An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc., Tapped, Soechtig’s first feature, paints a picture of a David and Goliath style battle between big business and basic public rights for water ownership, and it highlights the health risks posed by plastics.Co-director Jason Lindsey is quick to point out that with the economy the way it is, Tapped isn’t aiming to bring down the plastics industry, but it is important to think about the way companies are spinning the issue and how the government is helping them to do it. But it’s not some sort of Michael Moore-esque crock of anti-government propaganda.“When a company says a thing is good, it means it’s good in their interests, but is it good for us? Maybe not,” says Lindsey. “Plastics is a massive industry, and sometimes morals get pushed to the side. It’s protecting an industry that hires thousands of people, puts food on people’s table. There’s all kinds of ways to justify thinking, ‘I’m going to have bend the truth a little because I’m feeding people’s families,’ instead of, ‘If I bend the truth a little, I’ll be hurting a lot of people.’”Some of the facts presented in the film are really surprising. For example, Los Angeles’ tap water was named the best-tasting tap water in the country last year at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. This may be because a lot of the country’s tap water is held to much stricter regulations than bottled water is.Also, some plastics have harmful chemicals in them that can leech into the water they hold. And to add insult to injury, even though many of us would consider ourselves to be environmentally conscious in our efforts to recycle our plastics, the reality is that most plastics will end up in a landfill or in the ocean sooner rather than later. And we all know that plastic basically has a half-life of never.“It’s not always black and white, there’s a lot of grey area,” Lindsey says. “What’s the right thing to do? It really comes back to us.”Tapped offers lots of little ways to do your part. For more information, visit tappedthemovie.com.‘Tapped’ documentary pulls plug on bottled water crazeBY CLAIRE THOMPSONAugust 3, 2009 - GristTapped, a new documentary about the bottled water industry from director Stephanie Soechtig and the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car?, is a pretty damning look at how consumers have been tricked into spending too much money on water packaged in plastic and quite often not as clean as what’s available from the faucet.I knew bottled water sucks, but I didn’t know it sucks this much. Not only is it a clear waste of resources (only 20 percent of plastic water bottles used in the United States are recycled, and far too many of the rest probably end up in the Pacific Garbage Patch), it’s an incredible waste of money for consumers, who pay more than the price of gasoline for water that’s marketed as “pure,” but in reality is largely unregulated, full of harmful toxins like BPA, and far less safe for drinking than free tap water. (In fact, 40 percent of the time, bottled water is nothing but municipal tap water, freed from the government oversight that keeps it safe.)Tapped, which began a one-week run at the IFC Center in New York on Friday, traces the evolution of bottled water from its hoity-toity Perrier days to its present ubiquity, and succeeds at making the industry reps look like total jerks. A few too many mid-interview cutaways to Soechtig looking concerned came off as a little journalistically self-important, but Tapped does a solid job of covering every aspect of this damaging industry and inspiring more outrage than despair. It features interviews with the likes of Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), not to mention some footage of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tearing into an FDA rep at a government hearing.I will never look at bottled water with anything less than loathing from now on.The Truth Behind Bottled Water and Tap WaterBy Adrianna QuinteroToday, Tapped will premiere at the Maine International Film Festival. I was lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful and very important project. The documentary, from the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car," exposes the billion dollar bottled water industry and its contribution to global warming, resource depletion and waste while exposing the reality that NRDC began to bring to light in our 1999 bottled water report: Pure Drink or Pure Hype.Despite a growing awareness that bottled water is not any better than tap water and often worse, people continue to buy bottled water in alarming numbers. Water continues to be bottled from exotic and sometimes ecologically sensitive sources (or sometimes it just straight from a tap like yours), pumped in to petroleum-based plastics that leach into the water as they sit in hot containers while they are flown or shipped thousands of miles across the globe contributing to global warming, sold at a huge premium to thirsty city-dwellers, leaving behind a veritable mass graveyard of bottles destined to spend decades in landfills, or worse - in the middle of the Pacific Ocean like the giant floating plastic garbage dump.While all of these facts about bottled water are extremely troubling in and of themselves, one aspect of bottled water that has always been a big pet peeve of mine is the fact that I like to know what I'm drinking and what I'm giving my kids to drink. And as I explain in the film, when it comes to bottled water, we really don't know what we're getting.A key finding in Tapped, as in Pure Drink or Pure Hype, is that because bottled water regulations do not require regular testing or ingredients listings, and most waters don't have to meet any bottled water standards, we really never know what we're getting.At the national level, the Food and Drug Administration is responsible for bottled water safety, but the FDA's rules completely exempt waters that are packaged and sold within the same state, which account for up to 70 percent of all bottled water sold in the United States (roughly one of every five states don't regulate these waters either). Even the bottled water that is tested is exempt from many of the standards and testing requirements that apply to tap water. For example, while EPA's rules clearly prohibit tap water from containing any confirmed E. coli or fecal coliform (yes - that's bacteria that indicates possible fecal contamination), the FDA allows fecal coliform--up to a certain level. Just what you need to cool down on a hot summer day!And there's much more, but I don't want to spoil the movie for you. What I do want to do is encourage you to check out the website, Tapped the Movie, find a theatre, grab some friends (and a reusable, BPA-free water bottle) and go see Tapped.Empire Watch: Stephanie Soechtig of documentary "Tapped"August 3, 2009The director of "Tapped" speaks about the many aspects of the bottled water industry.www.radio4all.net/responder.php/podcast/podcast.xml?program_id=34876&version_id=40006&version=1Director Stephanie Soechtig's interview with SF Vegan Examiner's Mary VincentAugust 1, 2009 - SF Vegan Examiner‘Tapped’ is a new documentary featuring the virtually unregulated business of bottled water and its lifecycle, including health, environmental, and human rights issues. Documentary interviews include community members, politicians, scientists, and government agency representatives. I’m grateful to have seen the Tapped documentary and interviewed Director, Stephanie Soechtig. I will share the Trailer and our discussion below including actions we as citizens, community members, consumers, business owners, and governments can take today.Mary: How did you become involved in Directing Tapped?Stephanie: I produced television for ten years and co-founded Atlas Films with Mike and Michelle Wolrath. Investing in an environmental film was being discussed, and we eventually decided to make our own film.Mary: Do you have any particular parts of the Tapped documentary you like best and of which you are most proud?Stephanie: I’m sentimental towards the people in Texas living on the oil refinery fence line. People don’t tend to think about the actual production of the plastic when they think about plastic bottles. Neil Carmen, former Texas State EPA inspector responsible for for inspecting plants, was told by superiors not to knock on people’s doors and disturb the community with environmental issues. The EPA was not going out of their way to protect citizens. The thing I love most about Tapped is that it’s the story of people putting their time, energy, and sometimes their lives on the line for something they believe in. And they are truly making a difference in the world as a result. I think the humanity of the film’s characters really shines through in the last 10-15 minutes of the film when they are just telling their own stories of going up against massive corporations and they’re just talking - they’re not really being “interviewed” anymore - they’re just sharing a story about their lives. I get goosebumps every time I watch those last 10 minutes.1. Jim Wilfong, director of H20 for Maine and former President Bill Clinton Small Business Administration Assistant for International Trade states:“We are the children of revolutionary war soldiers, and we are not going to give this up without a fight”.2. Frederick Vom Saal, (per a Bill Moyers Interview) “Bisphenol A is actually the chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic. It’s the hard, clear plastic used in baby bottles, and it also is the lining of all metal cans made in the United States - beer cans, soda cans, food cans. And this chemical leaches out of all of these products into any kind of food or beverages that come in contact with it….We got interested that maybe this chemical (Bisphenol A) was a lot more potent than anybody had previously thought. And so we did a study where we administered it to mice, and found that at a dose 25,000 times below what anybody had ever tested, we caused damage to the entire developing male reproductive system.”3. Maine Resident (to Nestle): “We’re not going to let you take our water; it’s our water”.Mary: Are Tapped video clips available online, including the exchange with Senator John Kerry and the FDA representative where the FDA representative only receives Studies given to it by Industry and does not ask for Independent Studies?Stephanie: This exchange isn’t available in a video clip outside the movie, however, the Trailer and other videos on the website are good sources.Mary: Do you know if it’s still the policy of the FDA to not ask for Independent Studies?Stephanie: To my knowledge nothing has changed yet. I’m hopeful with a new administration this practice will get more attention than it has in the past. In the meantime, it’s up to us consumers to realize that we vote with our dollar everyday. It’s up to us to become more educated about the things we buy everyday and to realize that in many ways when you buy a product you are endorsing it. And sadly, myself included, I think we buy alot of things without thinking if this is a company we want to endorse. It’s funny - we are far more discerning about the charities we’ll give money to yet we hand out thousands of dollars for things without so much as a thought of how, where, or who produced it.Mary: Do you have a list of chemicals in bottled water?Stephanie: Food and Water Watch and NRDC are good sources.Mary: When can people across the United States see your Tapped documentary?Stephanie: There are limited showings in New York and LA. It will show at the Mill Valley International Film Festival (San Rafael, CA) Oct 8-19, 2009. A list of showings are on the website, and you can register to host a screening or reserve a DVD.Mary: What can people, businesses, and governments do?Stephanie: There are more examples where governments are not using tax dollars to buy bottled water, i.e. Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco. There are petitions on the website where you can ask Jennifer Aniston and Tom Brady to stop endorsing Smart Water, write your elected officials to stop using tax dollars to buy bottled water and invest in water infrastructure, buy a water filter, buy a reusable water bottle i.e. Klean Kanteen which is BPA-free and stainless steel. We have forgotten about the Power of One. Vote with your dollar.Taxing plastic bottles would be a great solution.Mary: Does Tapped have social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter?Stephanie: Yes. The sites are: Facebook and Twitter.Mary: Thank you.Stephanie: Thank you.Anti-water bottle film uncorks in NYCBY BRIAN AMARALJuly 30, 2009 - Pocono Record"Tapped" won't be good for concession sales.The documentary film, screening in New York City at the IFC Center from Friday through Aug. 6, argues that the bottled water industry, in part by producing massive amounts of plastic, is destroying communities, polluting the environment and risking public health.Director Stephanie Soechtig started work on the film when she learned of a giant sea of plastic — twice the size of Texas — floating in the Pacific Ocean.As an environmentalist, Soechtig was surprised that she hadn't known about such an environmental calamity and decided to investigate the waste of plastic and its effect on the environment. Everything she read led her to the bottled water industry.Once a basic human right, water has become another commodity to be bought and sold by corporations, the film, co-directed by Jason Lindsey, argues.Jim Wilfong's ties to Maine water activism — he testified before Congress on the issue — earned him a major role in the film. "I've been involved in trying to figure out who's going to own the water, and are we doing any damage to the environment?" said Wilfong, a former Maine legislator.Wilfong said that the issue often goes unnoticed. "Nobody seems to care that you have all this plastic breaking down in the ocean," he said.He hopes the film will bring water issues to the attention of the public. "I think it will make people think about what's happening in these communities where the water is being extracted and about the frivolous use of plastic," Wilfong said.Soechtig shares that goal. "We hope it makes people more mindful of the decisions and the choices they make when they buy things," Soechtig said. In her experience, the film has worked: "Anybody that's seen the movie stops drinking bottled water," said Soechtig, who has also given up the habit.UP WITH DOCUWEEKSBY ERNEST HARDYJuly 29, 2009 - LA WeeklyFilm fans in a withdrawal for the screen presence of complex women, particularly older women, should line up to see Megan Doneman's riveting Yes Madam, Sir, one of 17 nonfiction features screening in the International Documentary Association's 13th annual DocuWeeks showcase. In chronicling the life and groundbreaking achievements of Kiran Bedi, India's first female police officer, Doneman pushes beyond the hagiography in which too many filmmakers engage when trying to illustrate a subject's heroism. Her lumps-and-all portrait includes Bedi's father breaking with tradition to educate his four daughters; Bedi joining the police force in 1972, setting the stage for her controversial, career-long battles with police and government bureaucrats; and the globally influential prison reforms Bedi formulated. But Yes Madam, Sir isn't pure celebration; the egoism beneath Bedi's altruism, and the self-absorption that costs Bedi's daughter and husband dearly, are also shown. The result dazzles: a depiction of enviable heroism rooted within a flawed and recognizably human persona. Similarly tough, multilayered engagement with subject matter is the strength of Julie Bridgham's Sari Soldiers and Lee Storey's Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story. The first is set in Nepal, where the deadly battle between the Royal Army and Maoists is largely told through the story of one woman's search for her missing daughter, who was arrested and "disappeared" as a way of punishing her mother for speaking to the press about a niece's rape and murder by the army. Bridgham's inspiring, infuriating, sometimes hard-to-watch film underscores the old but still noteworthy point that the female body is one of the great casualties of war and political strife; it's ironic that both the Royal Army and the Maoists use huge numbers of female soldiers to wage their battles. Storey knows that the Up With People volunteer organization inspires giggles and derision in equal measure, so he opens with old footage of the troupe singing and dancing at the height of their late-'60s-early-'70s visibility to get (most of) the chuckles out of the way early. The film is a withering critique of the organization's religious cult roots, right-wing political subtext and insipid music while also being respectful of the fact that, for many who signed on, the group offered them a way to affect positive, even progressive, change in the world. Also recommended: Sweet Crude, Tapped and Garbage Dreams.Tapped on RadioKRL!July 29, 2009Director Stephanie Soechtig was interviewed on RadioKRL's Karel Show about the movie.http://www.radiokrl.com/podcasts/7-29-09/hr2tapped.mp3Profit in a bottleDahlia El-Shafei reviews the new documentary Tapped about the bottled water industry.July 29, 2009 - Socialist WorkerMaine Water Justice activists with the producers of Tapped at the film's premiere.THERE IS unarguably a trend in mass media to promote a "green" lifestyle, and the propagators are cleverly shifting strategies to divert blame and responsibility. Not to mention convincing us to buy more products to keep up with the new social standards.Drive down the street in your brand-new Prius, take a bag made from recycled materials on your next shopping trip, and always carry bottled water. Tapped, the new film from directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey, dispels the notion that drinking bottled water is part of a healthy life, and proves how it is damaging our health and the future of our planet's resources.Elizabeth Royte, author of Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, calls bottled water "an unparalleled social phenomenon, one of the greatest marketing coups of the 20th and 21st century." Solely driven by diverting public resources for private profit, the bottled water industry appropriates a human right and turns it into a commodity.IN LATE 1980s, an aggressive campaign to market bottled water started with Perrier (now owned by Nestle Waters) promoting a "healthy alternative" to soda. Now a $60 billion-a-year industry, bottled water sales have surpassed beer and milk. With the UN valuing the water market at $800 billion, the struggle is raging against corporations to keep resources for the common good, protect vulnerable populations and ensure the safety of our ecosystems.REVIEW: TAPPEDTapped, a documentary by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey.As one of the most pervasive and fastest-growing industries, the plastic bottles alone account for more than 17 million barrels of oil used last year to cater to the American market. The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that the 43 million gallons of imported water traveled 3,500 miles and created 3,800 tons of carbon dioxide; the 1 million gallons imported from Fiji created an additional 190 tons.Not included in the report are the emissions from the bottled water that is exported every year--about 2.5 billion gallons, or a third of the total amount bottled in the U.S. Of all the environmental damage that bottled water does, 90 percent of the impact happens before it even gets to the consumer.The damage incurred through water mining is grave and irreparable. This is not, as many would have you believe, part of a cyclical drought. We have thwarted the hydrologic cycle off its course to such an extreme that, according to Maude Barlow, senior advisor on water issues to the president of the United Nations General Assembly, "this is the end of water in many parts of the world unless we change our behavior."Only in a capitalist country where 89 percent of our free tap water meets or exceeds standards set forth by the federal health and safety regulations would we buy into the need for bottled water.The unsustainable practices are not only wrenching water from the public to keep up with consumer demand. In addition to the water extracted to fill the bottles, recent findings from the World Watch Institute show that it takes 17.5 kilograms of water just to produce one kilogram of plastic used to make the bottles.Instead of spending money on improving water infrastructure or conservation, corporations are investing in new desalination technology. And who has cornered the market for this new technology? None other than General Electric, ranked Number Six in the Fortune 500 list of largest American corporations.It's clear that corporations are far more interested in lining their pockets and their friends' pockets than supporting fair and sustainable practices. This was enforced this spring when New York Gov. David Paterson proposed an expanded bottle bill that would require manufacturers to pay a 5-cent deposit on non-carbonated beverages.Since 1982, New York has had a bottle bill on beer and other carbonated beverages that, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, have reduced litter 70 percent.Nestle Waters, one of the leading manufacturers of bottled water, along with two other manufacturers, sued the state of New York to get the bill removed citing it as "unfair" and even "unconstitutional." When the bill was brought to legislature, it passed with a few changes--it would not included beverages with added sugar.Although Nestle and its cohorts weren't successful at getting bottled water off the bill, they did ensure that the financial burden wouldn't be passed to their cronies in the agribusiness--specifically the industry heavyweights that supply over 90 percent of the nations corn, the main ingredient in added sweeteners.TAPPED EXPOSES the bottled water industry as an irresponsible, unregulated and unequal system with infinite resources. So what are the alternatives to leaving our resources and rights in the hands of corporations that are only accountable to shareholders?The film is empowering, as it's not an exhaustive report on the global water crisis or an exposé on the corporate exploitation of our resources, but focuses on the different communities affected by the bottle water industry in the U.S. Soechtig and Lindsey combine in-depth interviews and staggering statistics to illustrate the struggles ahead.The film begins in Fryeburg, Maine, where the silent takeover of the community's aquifer by Nestle is underway. There, citizens are coming up against small town government that adheres to Absolute Dominion, the law that states whoever owns the land is entitled to all of its resources under the surface.The state operates much in the same way as the private sector, granting free reign to those that can pay. During a drought in February 2004, restrictions on water usage were placed on the citizens of Fryeburg, but Nestle was granted access to pump as much as 400,000 gallons a day. During that time, the state enabled Nestle to avoid the proposed 1 cent-per-gallon tax based on the argument that if they paid the tax, they wouldn't survive economically. For a company that netted an estimated $110 billion in 2008, it's hard to believe that claim.In Corpus Christi, Texas, home to one of the largest oil refineries, many of the citizens are ill. In one story, we learn about a woman who died from cancer related to benzene, a powerful ingredient produced in the refinery that's used to make plastic water bottles and leaches into the towns air and water supply.In over 200 independent studies of bottled water, scientists found not only benzene but also many other chemicals related to liver disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer and complications with reproductive organs. But the Food and Drug Administration doesn't regulate water that is extracted and sold within the same state, approximately 70 percent of all bottled water sales. When they do test and regulate the water, they use information based on tests provided by the chemical companies themselves.Perhaps the most stunning and disturbing portion of the film focuses on the ocean. The North Pacific Garbage Patch, twice the size of Texas, floats between San Francisco and Hawaii and is our virtual dumping ground for plastic bottles. In 1994, scientists discerned that there was four times the amount of plastic to plankton; in 2004, 46 times.From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car, and I.O.U.S.A, Tapped is a cohesive and engaging argument that demonstrates the need to abolish the present system of exploiting people and the planet.We need to build a movement with a collective vision that addresses the needs of society while respecting the planet's resources. To learn more or to organize a screening of the movie go to the Tapped Web site.A new wave of enviro-documentaries takes aim at eyeballs and mindsNathanial Gronewold, E&E reporterNEW YORK -- In two months this city plays host to the largest gathering of top world leaders to discuss the most dominant environmental issue of our time, climate change. But before then, documentary film director Robert Stone is setting out both to remind audiences of how the environmental movement has got to this point and to warn how the momentum could still fall apart as it has in the past. On Aug. 14, Stone's feature length film "Earth Days" makes a national debut with its first public screening here. Screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the film retells the history of the environmental movement through a handful of activists that were at the center of it, leading up to the first national Earth Day celebration. "I grew up during the time period featured in this film," Stone said. "I was dismayed as many people have been that it seemed we were making tremendous progress and then everything sort of came to a stop." The movie -- told wistfully through the eyes of "The Population Bomb" author Paul Ehrlich, "The Limits of Growth" co-author Dennis Meadows, former Secretary of Interior Steward Udall, and others -- is testament to many of the differences between the climate change movement and the environmental fervor that swept the nation from the early 1960s to the late 1970s. Marking the beginning point as the publication of the book "Silent Spring," author Rachel Carson's attack on excessive pesticide use, "Earth Days" follows the progress of environmentalism up to its legislative successes. Images of smog engulfing the Empire State Building and fish swimming in filthy brown streams are stark reminders of just how bad things really got as society grew used to the idea of infinite abundance, up until the Arab oil embargo of the mid '70s. "There was no discussion of how much oil we had," Udall recounts in the film, just after expressing regret for having supported the Interstate Highway System early in his career. "There was just an assumption that it would always be there, and they would always be finding more oil and that oil would always be cheap." One key difference between then and now, Stone said, is that early environmentalism was a populist, bottom-up drive that eventually gained mass bipartisan support. Efforts to cut greenhouse gases, on the other hand, seem mainly led by policymakers and officials in high offices, a top-down push to which much of the public is either indifferent or only grudgingly accepts. Climate lacks the grass-roots enthusiasm of yesteryear.Though action on climate change enjoys strong backing by environmentalists, governments and most of corporate America, the relative lack of public enthusiasm as shown by numerous polls could eventually be its undoing. Many see the recent narrow passage of the landmark climate and energy bill in the House of Representatives and contrast this to the wide margins by which the Clean Air and Clean Water acts were voted in and later signed by President Nixon, as a case in point. "People understood the problem. Those images of the Earth from space had a hugely profound impact on how people perceived the problem, and understanding the problem is step one," Stone said. "We don't have that same kind of iconic image that people can get their head around when it comes to global warming. It's a bit abstract for most people." Earth Days is only the latest in a string of environmentally themed movies capturing New York audiences this summer in advance of a large climate change summit at the United Nations. In the space of a month, three eco-documentaries hit theaters here, with others centering on two of the most heatedly discussed and controversial topics of our time: water and oil. Last Friday, Stephanie Soechtig released her film "Tapped" at the IFC Center, an independent film house in Lower Manhattan. The film showcases Soechtig's investigation into the bottled water industry, starting with Nestle acquisition of water rights in Maine, and documents the surprising success companies have had convincing the public that their products are safer than the water had for much less money at the tap, although it turns out tap water is much more heavily regulated and monitored than bottled water. "It's a complete waste of petroleum, it's filling up our landfills, it's covering our oceans, and it's inexcusable that we continue to buy this product," said Soechtig, who dismisses the industry's recent attempts to improve its green credentials. "The fact that they are using less plastic only indicates to me that they know that plastic is a problem." Central to the film's argument is that bottled water is an unnecessary product with a huge environmental cost as many of the plastic bottles used end up in landfills, lakes, streams and the oceans. Soechtig bookends her film with the beginning point of groundwater extraction to the end point of the controversy, a field of floating plastic debris and other garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean estimated to be twice the size of Texas. Water wars, underdogs, 'culture wars' and a greener James BondNext up on Sept. 9 is "Crude," a film that also debuted at Sundance that follows the legal battle between Chevron Corp. and activists in Ecuador over alleged contamination of oil extraction by Texaco, which Chevron later acquired. Like "Tapped," "Crude" allows the industry to voice its point of view, but both films lean heavily toward favoring the environmental activist underdogs, celebrating the gathering public backlash against bottled water and progress with moving the suite against Chevron through the Ecuadorian court system. "Blue Gold: Water Wars," a film about the attempts to privatize water supplies and delivery services that screened here and in several cities last March on World Water Day, follows along the anti-corporate theme of its cohorts. Most other films to come are expected to take a similar stance as they move to raise awareness of environmental causes and galvanize the public to take action, just as the seminal environmental movie of our time, Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," successfully has. But the director of "Earth Days" still sees a possibility of the climate change movement falling apart at the seams, even as the world inches closer to a new international treaty to curb greenhouse gasses. The original green push in the United States seemingly fell apart by 1980 shortly after the Superfund Act was signed. The film concludes that the national environmental movement faltered after its organizers, led by President Carter, starting advocating for a restrained, diminished lifestyle. That was a message most Americans did not want to hear, a fact that Carter's successor, President Reagan, swiftly took advantage of. After having galvanized the public and won many prominent political supporters, the American environmental movement became a victim of the "culture wars," Stone said. But environmental themes are increasingly common in even mainstream fiction movies. The latest James Bond film, for instance, has the British spymaster battling an evil water baron. The retooling of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," another blockbuster, has aliens warning the world of impending environmental disaster rather than a nuclear one. "Tapped" producer and director Soechtig sees these as examples of art imitating life. That documentaries like hers now attract larger audiences and more mainstream films show heroes battling pollution is a hopeful sign that the nation is moving in a different direction and is not doomed to repeat past precedents, she said. "It's really interesting how it's creeping up," Soechtig said. "It's getting to the point where it's the elephant in the room and we can't keep ignoring it." Bottled water world on tap in film Maine International Film Festival feature looks at down side of packaged liquidBY LARRY GRARDWATERVILLE -- Producers of today's world premier at the Waterville Opera House say that their documentary shows "those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.""Tapped," directed by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey, examines the role of the bottled-water industry and its effect on health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. Not coincidentally, much of the film was shot in Fryeburg, where the state's industry leader, Poland Spring, runs a spring water station."It was really important for us to premiere in Maine, because our movie starts in Maine," director/producer Soechtig said Friday. "It's ironic that we're buying our own water, at 1,900 times the cost of tap water."Sarah Gibson co-produces the film, sponsored by Unity College, while Michael and Michelle Walrath are executive producers.Prior to the showing, producers of "Tapped" made their point in a most intriguing way. On a flatbed trailer, they trucked to Waterville 7,000 empty Poland Spring bottles loaned to them by recycling companies. That, they say, represents a quarter of what Mainers consume in a week. The truck stopped in The Concourse parking lot, and then made a trip around the city."You can talk about all these statistics when it comes to bottled water, but until you see it, it's hard to grasp the massive quantity of plastic that we're consuming," Soechtig said.Nestlé Waters North America, which owns Poland Spring, is quick to reply to the criticism. Mark Dubois, natural resource manager for Poland Spring, points out that many people are drinking bottled water instead of soda these days. "It takes half as much plastic as a soda bottle, which needs thicker plastic because of the carbonation," Dubois said.Dubois added that water is an "abundant and renewable resource," and that Poland Spring is producing a "good product that's healthy to drink." Poland Spring also is creating jobs, including 45 at the $60 million bottling plant it opened two years ago in Kingfield. The company has its plants close to springs, so its trucking will have the least possible environmental impact, Dubois said."Tapped," however, offers an entirely different perspective."Nestlé's is shipping your water out of state, and the town doesn't get anything for it," said Soechtig, a Connecticut native now living in California. "Maine residents know the perils of the bottled-water industry first-hand, in their own ongoing battles with Poland Springs."The documentary also includes scenes shot in Corpus Christi, Texas, where filmmakers speak with people who live near an oil refinery. Soechtig said that the refinery makes paraxylene, the primary ingredient in the PET plastic used to make bottles. "It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic bottles used annually in the United States," Soechtig said. "That's not including refrigeration, or transport.Movie About Bottled Water Impacts PremieresTapped on WCSH6.comClick to watch the videoTapped on EXTRA!Tapped was presented on EXTRA's "America's best lifechangers"http://extratv.warnerbros.comBen Lyons, E! Entertainment & At the MoviesEye-opening, informative and incredibly important for you to see... Tapped is another example of realizing film's potential to inspire. This is a passionate documentary, well-executed from engaging and intelligent voices who will inform and entertain you with their movie. See it!David de RothschildTo start the process of change there is no better tool than curiosity and Tapped certainly asks all the right questions! We need more must-see films like Tapped, in order to inspire the change and solutions that our planet so desperately craves.NO IMPACT MANApril 13, 2009"The biggest enemy is tap water"That's a quote, apparently, by Robert S. Morrison, vice chairman of PepsiCo--which owns Aquafina. I heard it when I was watching a brand new documentary--Tapped--by director Stephanie Soechtig about the perils of the bottled water industry to people and the planet. I also confirmed that Morrison called our most precious asset "the enemy" here.Anyway, Tapped is not yet out in theaters, but you can watch the excellent trailer below:http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/the-biggest-enemy-is-tap-water.htmlTHE SLOW COOKCoke Says Don't Drink Tap WaterApril 13th, 2009Coke's Dasani: It actually comes from tap waterIt had to happen some time. Coke and other sellers of bottled water are campaigning to discourage consumers from drinking tap water.And when you think about it, doesn't it make so much more sense to use a resource that should be free to everyone and instead package it in bottles made from precious fossil fuels that get dumped by the billions in landfills every day–unless of course they are just tossed by the roadside to wind up eventually fouling our waterways and oceans?Susan D. Wellington, president of the Quaker Oats Company's United States beverage division, which makes Gatorade, said, "When we're done, tap water will be relegated to showers and washing dishes."Actually, the corporate campaign against tap water, which includes inducements to restaurant chains to discourage customers from drinking tap water in favor of more profitable beverages, is old news.What's new is a movie called "Tapped," a long-overdue documentary on the insidious evils of corporatizing and commoditizing vital resources such as water and making people pay for them. The notion of bottling something as essential as water–surrounding it in plastic and burning fossil fuels to transport it around the globe–may be one of the cleverest and most destructive deceptions of all times.(In case you can't tell, we are firm in our distaste for bottled water and the entire culture of plasticizing precious resources).For a longer take on this and a link to the trailer for "Tapped", visit the No Impact Man blog.http://www.theslowcook.com/2009/04/13/coke-says-dont-drink-tap-water/MALE PATTERN FITNESSTough Guys, Tap Water, and Black Belts in LifeApril 13, 2009Here's a trailer for an interesting and undoubtedly controversial upcoming new movie: Tapped, about the bottled-water industry. I live in California, which, I'm starting to sense after nine years of residence, is sliiiiiiightly leftward leaning in its politics, but my sniffer tells me that the bottled water industry's days are numbered. If I had the spare beans, I think I'd invest in companies like this.http://www.malepatternfitness.com/2009/4/13/833241/tough-guys-tap-water-and-blackSTOP NESTLE WATERS.ORG"Tapped" Movie Trailer Kicks Serious Bottled Water Buttby TCFeb 17, 2009Invest 341 seconds of your day and watch the hard-hitting trailer for Tapped - a bottled water documentary. Note especially the references to Fryeburg and Nestle-branded bottled water (Poland Spring, Arrowhead, etc).The money quote? Jim Wilfong of Maine lays it on the line:"We are the children of revolutionary war solidiers, and we are not going to give this up without a fight"When you’re done, make sure to forward this trailer to others.http://stopnestlewaters.org/2009/02/17/tapped-movie-trailer-kicks-serious-bottled-water-butt/511SUSTAIN LANETAPPED the MoviePosted on March 4, 2009 by Cris B."By the 2030 the United Nations estimates two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water."Tapped Trailerhttp://www.sustainlane.com/reviews/tapped-the-movie/4YFOBWURCYPB3NZTH3ALMLAA4VYDENVIROMOMTapped, the movieI'm excited about the documentary Tapped, and the trailer has got me all worked up. (The images of the plastic in the ocean make me sick.) I've had a tentative toe on the anti-plastic bus, but this film might just get me fully on board, buckled up and ready to roar. It's produced by the folks who made Who Killed the Electric Car, an excellent, albeit maddening, documentary. I can find no info on when this movie will be released, but it apparently debuted at the Sundance Festival in January. Stay tuned...http://www.enviromom.com/2009/04/tapped-the-movie.htmlROAD TO GREEN LIVINGGood-Bye Bottled Water, Hello Tap WaterApril 13th, 2009 by CritterI knew it… there is nothing amazing or super duper fantastic about bottled water. There is simply nothing wrong with tap water, nothing at all! You see hundreds of people in town walking around with about 6L of bottled water they just bought from the supermarket and you wonder if they must be thirsty but the bitter truth is that they do not drink tap water.Bizarre, I know but some people strongly believe in bottled water. There is something about waking up three in the morning and drinking water straight from the tap, yep, I am weird but I’ve always done it and TA-DA, I am still alive and kicking. This whole post was sparked by another blogger who mentioned a new movie of some sort called "Tapped". That trailer was enough to sink in and man, we’ve got to do something and it better be soon.So, here is my pledge not to buy any bottled water unless I am near dieing of thirst. I tend to forget a water bottle from home I reuse when going to and from work, maybe it is laziness but that should change with immediate effect. Do yourself a favour and watch that trailer, wait, I’ll include a link here and it will make you think!http://www.roadtogreenliving.co.uk/?p=64SOH2O SAVE OUR WATERSCREENING OF TAPPED COMING SOON! Mainers in the struggle are in this documentary. Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.http://soh2o.org/?page_id=144CURRENTApril 16, 2009The movie trailer on YouTube -Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.http://current.com/items/89972329_tapped.htmSHIVAYA NATURALSMarch 18, 2009TappedA friend of mine from long ago is the Executive Producer of an incredibly powerful new documentary on the issues surrounding bottled water, and water rights in the United States. The movie has not yet been released (I will post here again once it has), but the trailer is now up to view. I hope that you will take 5 minutes to watch, and eventually go out and see a film that could help to change the way we view what is happening to our water, and what we can each do to change it.http://shivayanaturals.blogspot.com/2009/03/tapped.htmlFriends of Tapped:www.kleankanteen.comwww.multipureusa.comwww.foodandwaterwatch.orgwww.aveda.comThe Algalita Foundationwww.algalita.orgAdventure EcologyOur mix of Adventure, Education, Creative Arts and Planet Friendly Lifestyle tips will connect you with the most exciting and fragile corners of the Planet and inspire you to achieve your very own mission possible for our Planet.www.adventureecology.com/CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY INTERNATIONALwww.stopcorporateabuse.orgTHINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLEThink Outside the Bottle is Corporate Accountability International's campaign working to challenge corporate control of water and promote, protect and ensure public funding for our public water systems.www.thinkoutsidethebottle.org/www.charitywater.orgwww.insidethebottle.org/www.knockknock.bizwww.stopcorporateabuse.orgdreamingreen.wordpress.comSign Up for Updates:Sign up today to receive the latest news and to hear more about upcoming events and initiatives. Note: we do not share email lists and we commit to doing our utmost to respect and guard your privacy.By clicking Submit, you agree to these terms and conditions. Note that your information is protected, and will never be sold or rented. If you have not already done so, by submitting this form, you are also signing up to receive email updates and newsletters from TAPPED the movie.Thank you for taking action!Contact Us:To sign up for our mailing list or to contact the producers directly please email us at:firstname.lastname@example.orgFor media inquiries only please contact:Press Contact:Ken SunshineNathan MarcySunshine, Sachs & Associates(310) 275-3222 or (212) email@example.comFAQ:Isn't bottled water safer than tap water?No, not necessarily. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a four-year review of the bottled water industry and the safety standards that govern it, and conducted their own independent testing of over 1,000 bottles of water. Their conclusion was that there is no assurance that just because water comes out of a bottle it is any cleaner or safer than water from the tap. In fact, an estimated 40 percent or more of bottled water is really just bottled tap water -- sometimes further treated, sometimes not.Is bottled water actually unsafe?Most bottled water appears to be safe. Of the bottles that were tested by the NRDC, the majority proved to be high quality and relatively free of contaminants. The quality of some brands was questionable, however, and such products may pose a health risk. About 22 percent of the brands tested by the NRDC contained, in at least one sample, chemical contaminants at levels above strict state health limits. If consumed over a long period of time, some of these contaminants could cause serious health problems including cancer.What about the recent reports that there are pharmaceuticals in our drinking water?Chances are if it's in your tap water, it might be in your bottled water as well. In a recent test conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), ten brands of bottled water contained a surprising array of chemicals including coliform bacteria, fertilizer, solvents, pain medication, and even strontium, a radioactive element. The organization is urging the FDA to make bottled water subject to the same regulations as tap water and to also share the results of their tests with the public.Is bottled water regulated?Yes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating bottled water products that are either imported or sold between states. Bottled water that is produced and sold within the state is not required to meet FDA’s regulations, which is 60-70% of all bottled water sold.Bottled water is considered a food product, not drinking water. For this reason, it is regulated by the FDA rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for regulating public tap water supplies.Could the plastic in water bottles pose a health risk?Recent research suggests that there could be cause for concern, and that the issue should be studied closely. Studies have shown that chemicals called phthalates, which are known to disrupt testosterone and other hormones, can leach into bottled water over time. Any heating of the bottles will most likely allow these chemicals to leach out, and that is why bottled water companies recommend you store their products away from direct sunlight in a cool place. One study found that water that had been stored for 10 weeks in plastic and in glass bottles contained phthalates, suggesting that the chemicals could be coming from the plastic cap or liner. Although there are regulatory standards limiting phthalates in tap water, there are no legal limits for phthalates in bottled water - the bottled water industry waged a successful campaign opposing the FDA proposal to set a legal limit for these chemicals.How can I find out where my bottled water comes from?A few state bottled water programs (e.g., Massachusetts and New York) maintain lists of the sources of bottled water, but many do not. Try calling or writing the bottler to ask what the source is, or call the bottled water program in your state or the state in which the water was bottled to see if they have a record of the source (your state's health or agriculture department is most likely to run the bottled water program).How can I determine if bottled water is really just tap water?Carefully check the bottle label and even the cap - if it says "from a municipal source" or "public water source" this means it's derived from tap water. Again, you can call the bottler, or the bottled water program in your state or the state where it was packaged. Both PepsiCo's Aquafina and Coca Cola’s Dasani brands are taken from municipal sources.How does drinking bottled water affect the environment?In 2006, the equivalent of 2 billion half-liter bottles of water were shipped to U.S. ports, creating thousands of tons of global warming pollution and other air pollution. In New York City alone, the transportation of bottled water from Western Europe released an estimated 3,800 tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere. In California, 18 million gallons of bottled water were shipped in from Fiji in 2006, producing about 2,500 tons of global warming pollution.And while the bottles come from far away, most of them end up close to home - in a landfill. Most bottled water comes in recyclable PET plastic bottles, but only about 13 percent of the bottles we use get recycled. In 2005, 2 million tons of plastic water bottles ended up clogging landfills instead of getting recycled.If I drink tap water should I use a filter and what types of filters are most effective?The real long-term solution is to make tap water safe for everyone. However, if you know you have a tap water quality or taste problem, or want to take extra precautions, you should purchase filters certified by NSF International (800 NSF-MARK). These filters designate which contaminants they remove, and you can look for one that filters out the contaminants specific to your area. It is critically important that all filters be maintained and replaced at least as often as recommended by the manufacturer, or they might make the problem worse.How can I obtain test results on my tap water?Each year by July 1st, you should receive in the mail an annual water quality report from your water supplier that tells you where your water comes from and what's in it. Any community water system that serves more than 100,000 people is also required to post their reports online. Most of those sources may be found on the EPA's website here:http://www.epa.gov/SAFEWATER/ccr/whereyoulive.html?OpenViewIf your tap water doesn't come from a public source (i.e. well water) you can test the water yourself, through home water testing kits. There are also state-certified drinking water laboratories in virtually every state that can test your water. Call your state drinking water program or the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) for a list of contacts.Press / Download:Download to own or rent on Itunes:Download to own or rent on Amazon:WATERBPA:Bisphenol-A is the building block molecule that plastic that is hard and clear is made out of. And the way to think about this is it's the equivalent to a brick that makes a brick house. It's not an additive to these products. It is what the product is actually made out of. In 1936, a paper was published in Nature that this was a chemical that was considered for use to be an estrogenic drug. Bisphenol-A acts at very low doses as an estrogen. When it gets to very high doses, it blocks male sex hormone.Currently the FDA maintains that low dose exposure to BPA is harmless. These findings are based on 2 studies funded by the chemical industry that stands to profit from BPA. Meanwhile, 200 independent, peer-reviewed studies have scientist concerned about our exposure to BPA.BPA is found in many things including baby bottles, the lining of cans, dental sealants and the 5-gallon water cooler jugs so many of us have in our offices.THE SCIENCE BEHIND BPA:BPA bypasses a major barrier system that controls natural estrogen, and stops natural estrogens from getting into cells. Dr. Frederick Vom Saal did a study with mice and found that at a dose 25,000 times lower than what anybody had ever tested before, they damaged the entire developing male reproductive system.
This is precisely what makes BPA unique – our body responds to extraordinarily low doses of it. What we have in our cells are dozens of receptors for hormones. And the estrogen receptor has the ability to respond to bisphenol-A at just about a single molecule per cell. Vom Saal calls BPA, "the most potent toxic chemicals known to man."As you get to higher and higher doses of bisphenol-A, it actually shuts down the estrogen response system and begins to activate other systems that it wouldn't activate at low doses. And at a high enough dose, bisphenol-A starts altering your ability to produce normal thyroid hormone. So what you get at high dose is totally different effects. You don't get the estrogen effects any more. You just get all kinds of other things. So high doses are harmful, but in an entirely different way than what you see at low doses.There are over 200 independent scientists, not in any conflict financially with this chemical, saying, we find it relating to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, and brain disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, liver disease, ovarian disease, disease of the uterus, low sperm count in men – the list is endless.WHAT CAN I DO?The good news is that the US Food & Drug Administration is to conduct a fresh review on the safety of chemical bisphenol A, used widely in packaging on food and drinks. This is a monumental feat and one that Tapped has been urging the FDA to do for the past year. But BPA is a $7 billion a year industry and not one to roll over without a fight. In fact, minutes from a May 2009 meeting of the BPA joint Trade Association were recently leaked in which members discussed, "focusing on more legislative battles and befriending people that are able to manipulate the legislative process." Attendees suggested "using fear tactics (e.g. 'Do you want to have access to baby food anymore?')" and described their "'holy grail' spokesperson would be a 'pregnant young mother who would be willing to speak around the country about the benefits of BPA.'"It's hard to avoid BPA altogether but you can certainly try – stay away from canned foods (the linings contain BPA), hard plastics, don't drink from your water cooler at work, and read labels! If you are buying hard plastic make sure it says "BPA free" on it.Better yet – write to your local government official! Two states have banned bisphenol A from re-usable food or beverage containers. Urge your state to do the same!Buy the DVD:North Pacific Garbage Patch:The idea to make Tapped all began with the discovery of the plastic stew, twice the size of Texas located between San Francisco and Hawaii. I remember the exact day our Executive Producer, Michelle Walrath sent me a link to a video of the Garbage Patch. All I kept thinking was, "How can people not know about this?" At the time, there was two times as much plastic as there was plankton in this area of the ocean. By the time we did our interview with the Captain who discovered the Garbage Patch, Charles Moore, there was 46 times more plastic than plankton. How does something like this happen?Captain Moore took us to Kamillo Beach in Hawaii, which is an area where a lot of the debris from the Garbage Patch washes ashore. Instead of sand we saw miles and miles of plastic.So what can we do about it? Sadly we can't take back what we've already put out there. Much of the plastic has broken down in to particles so small that fish mistake them for food. The best thing we can do is preventative at this point. Standing on a beach made of plastic really makes you look at everything you buy differently.I had been naïve enough to think recycling alone was enough. The only thing we can do is to stop putting plastic in to the ocean. Be more aware of the way things are packaged, say no to plastic bags, don't buy Styrofoam cups, order less take out (or bring your own containers when you do), stop drinking bottled water, reduce, reuse and recycle.In the words of the great Captain Charles Moore, "Convenience is the mantra of the 21st century. We're binging on convenience…" And the earth is paying the price.Mapping the Water Industry:This map provides a detailed overview of bottled water extraction and/or bottling sites across the country. The map also provides information on the bottling plants for bottled water, which allows us to keep up to date with the bottling water industry by tracking plant locations, water sources and takings, and contact information.Click on the map to see the locations of the plants across the country.How is the water where I live?:Water Industry Cycle:Infrastructure:How pharmaceuticals end up in our water?:Privatization:Oil and Water:World Water Crisis:Is sewer water the answer to our problems?:Farming and water:FAQ:Why do you single out bottled water when soda comes in PET as well?While our long-term goal is to see a sustainable package for both sodas and waters we single out water in Tapped because for 90% of the country, it is something you can get from your faucet for fractions for virtually free. While we don't necessarily condone the use of PET packaging for soda we single out water because there is a more sustainable option available to 90% of the country.What do you make of the recent reports that there are pharmaceuticals in our drinking water?We were very concerned when we read the reports of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water. What concerns us just as much is the idea that your bottled water is free of pharmaceuticals. Nearly 40% of bottled water is simply filtered tap water which means it is probably suffering from the same type of contamination. Sadly we don't know for sure what's in our bottled water because they aren't required to make this information public.Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the State University of New York at Albany says activated charcol filters - whether used at home or by water treatment authorities - do remove most chemical compounds. The solution to this problem isn't to drink more bottled water... The real solution here is to demand that the government fix our sewage and water infrastructure so that all of our waterways are free of pharmaceuticals.Please visit our infrastructure and farming sections to learn more about pharmaceuticals in our tap water.Why don't you suggest alternative bio-plastic materials such as corn-based plastics as an alternative to PET?While we see tremendous promise in the field of bioplastics, at this time we don't think the science or the waste stream of bioplastics and/or corn-based plastics has been vetted enough for us to feel comfortable recommending it. We applaud the effort to wean our dependence on petroleum based plastics but at this point we are fans ofreducing our waste rather than replacing our waste.What about third world countries with unsafe drinking water or disaster areas that have contaminated water supplies?We are extraordinarily fortunate to live in a country where 90% of us have access to some of the best drinking water in the world and we recognize that not everyone is as fortunate. The message we hope people take away from Tapped is that there is a time and a place for bottled water. We would never want anyone to drink water that wasn't safe for them but we believe that bottled water is a short-sighted solution to a long-term problem. If you live in an area of the United States where the water isn't safe to drink you should seek an alternative - but you should also demand your local government official do something about the problem. By simply buying bottled water and not demanding the government fix the problem we are telling our officials that we think bottled water is an acceptable alternative to clean drinking water. We hope people will let their voices be heard and demand change.As for countries suffering from extreme drought, we support groups dedicated to bringing water to these countries. We also hope everyone will look in the mirror and see how they can reduce their own water use.Send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download to own or rent on Itunes:Download to own or rent on Amazon:TAKEBuying a Reusable Bottle:There are many schools of thought when it comes to buying a reusable water bottle. Based on the research we've done we personally prefer stainless steel bottles. There are many who argue against stainless steel because it is manufactured primarily in China and the carbon footprint of importing the steel is troubling to some (not to mention China's less than stellar safety record). Those who subscribe to this school of thought tend to argue that the carbon footprint of 1 reusable (BPA free) plastic bottle is less harmful to the environment than stainless steel.Many of us on the Tapped team are leary of having our water come in to contact with any type of plastic which is why we lean towards the stainless steel bottles.Our favorite bottles, and the ones we recommend most, are made by Klean Kanteen. Klean Kanteen was one of the very first companies to put stainless steel bottles on the market. They were BPA-free before it was cool to be BPA-free. This family-owned company donates 1% of gross annual sales to non-profit organizations with a focus on environmental causes and a successful track record. Many have tried to follow in Klean Kanteen’s footsteps but we feel that they make the best stainless steel bottle on the market.And then there's always good old fashioned glass bottles. There's no downside to glass other than breaking them. Many companies make them now. I hear good things about Aquasana's Glass Decanters – they also offer a koozy to take their glass bottles on the road without the worry of breakage.KLEAN KANTEEN®www.kleankanteen.comBuy the DVD:Buying a Filter:How to find the right water filter for your homeThere are many filters on the market today. The best way to know which one is right for you is to have your water sent away and tested so you know what impurities you are filtering out. Depending on the quality of water in your area you may want a point-of-entry filter (treats your water before it gets distributed through the house) or a point-of-use unit (faucet filters, countertop filters, pitcher filters, etc).
Replace your office or home water cooler with a Bottleless Water Cooler (also called Point-of-Use Water Coolers). These coolers plug right into your waterline and filter your water. You can still get hot and cold water the same way you did from your bottled water cooler minus the risk of BPA.
We use a filter by a company called Multi-Pure. We like that they offer a variety of filters (from counter top to whole house filters) and price points to accommodate everyone’s needs. Check out their website and if you think it’s the right filter for you enter promotional code “424621-disc” to receive a discount especially for Tapped fans! You can also call them directly at 1-800-622-9206.Sign The Declaration:Sign the Water Declaration to show your commitment.By clicking Submit, you agree to these terms and conditions. Note that your information is protected, and will never be sold or rented. If you have not already done so, by submitting this form, you are also signing up to receive email updates and newsletters from TAPPED the movie.BY SIGNING THIS DECLARATION I PROMISE TO LIMIT MY CONSUMPTION OF BOTTLED WATER. I PROMISE TO BE MORE MINDFUL OF TAKING MY REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE WITH ME. IN LIMITITNG THE AMOUNT OF BOTTLED WATER I CONSUME I WANT TO SEND THE GOVERNMENT A MESSAGE THAT OUR TAP WATER IS IMPORTANT TO ME AND I URGE MY LEGISLATORS TO PLACE THE MAINTENANCE OF WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE TOP OF THEIR AGENDA.Thank you for taking action!Ask Congress to fund our Water Infrastructure:The National Research Council warns that we should expect more water-borne disease outbreaks if there are not "substantial investments" made to improve our water pipes and systems. Many of our water and sewer pipes are old and dilapidated - some were installed as far back as the civil war.Sign the declaration below to tell congress to fund the necessary repairs to keep our water safe.Fund our Water InfrastructureI support a trust fund for water systems that is based on the following principles:
- Environmentally sound use of our water resources;
- Pollution prevention and drinking water source protection for human and environmental health;
- Water conservation by the largest water users, including agriculture and industry;
- Public participation and accountability for public officials;
- Access to affordable water for low-income households;
- Public funds for public utilities;
- Appropriate user fees for industries that degrade our water resources.Stop using taxpayer dollars to buy bottled water:Tell your local leaders to stop using taxpayer dollars to buy bottled water.Stop using taxpayer dollars to buy bottled waterMany mayors across the country have taken a stand to stop using taxpayer dollars to buy bottled water. I'd like to lend my voice to those opposed to using our tax dollars to buy bottled water for government employees. If you don't trust the tap water where you work we urge you to use our tax dollars to fix the tap water rather than buying bottled water.Tell Tom Brady to stop endorsing Smart Water:New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is arguably one of the hottest athletes out. His athletic prowess and good looks (not to mention being married to supermodel Gisele Bunchen) make him the envy of many. Since his self-espoused environmentalist wife hasn't gotten around to telling him how bad bottled water is for the earth we are enlisting you to do the job.Please stop endorsing Smart WaterDear Mr. Brady,
We, the undersigned urge you to end your contract with Smart Water. You are the vision of health with millions of fans looking up to you as a role model. Most states don't offer a return on non-carbonated beverages like bottled water; as a result 30 million single-serve bottles of water end up in landfills EVERY DAY. Experts estimates it takes about 1,000 years for plastic to degrade and in the process of doing so may be leeching chemicals into the ground contaminating local groundwater supplies.
In addition to ending up in the landfills, endless bottles find their way to the ocean, contributing to the stew of plastic that's accumulated in the Pacific Ocean. Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Plastic Stew says, "If you eliminate the scourge of bottled water, you'll be eliminating one of the biggest problems facing our environment."
Mr. Brady we'd love to see you lend you face to a cause that helps repair our dilapidated water infrastructure system. When we chose bottled water over tap we are telling the government we don't care about the state of our tap water. In about 15 years, two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water. It's imperative that we unite and support our local water municipalities.
Please consider endorsing the earth rather than Smart Water.Tell Jennifer Aniston to stop endorsing Smart Water:Jennifer Aniston says she drinks a "minimum" of 4 bottles of the Smart Water a day. That's 1,460 bottles of water a year. With only about 10% of water bottles being recycled, Jennifer alone may be responsible for about 1,314 bottles ending up in landfills every year.Sign the letter below urging her to end her endorsement with Smart Water.Please stop endorsing Smart WaterDear Ms. Aniston,
We, the undersigned urge you to end your contract with Smart Water. You are the vision of health with millions of fans looking up to you as a role model. Most states don't offer a return on non-carbonated beverages like bottled water; as a result 30 million single-serve bottles of water end up in landfills EVERY DAY. Experts estimates it takes about 1,000 years for plastic to degrade and in the process of doing so may be leeching chemicals into the ground contaminating local groundwater supplies.
In addition to ending up in the landfills, endless bottles find their way to the ocean, contributing to the stew of plastic that's accumulated in the Pacific Ocean. Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Plastic Stew says, "If you eliminate the scourge of bottled water, you'll be eliminating one of the biggest problems facing our environment."
Ms. Aniston we'd love to see you lend you face to a cause that helps repair our dilapidated water infrastructure system. When we chose bottled water over tap we are telling the government we don't care about the state of our tap water. In about 15 years, two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water. It's imperative that we unite and support our local water municipalities.
Please consider endorsing the earth rather than Smart Water.Write to your Elected Officials:Contact your representatives and senatorsLet them know you expect them to do more.What else can I do?:Visit "Think Outside the Bottle," Corporate Accountability International's campaign working to challenge corporate control of water and promote, protect and ensure public funding for our public water systems.How much water are you using? Be mindful of your own water useDemand that bottled water companies make water quality reports available to the public demand that bottled water companies find an alternative to plasticTell your local officials to put the repair of water infrastructure at the top of their agendaSupport water legislationBuy a water filterBuy a reusable water bottleWrite your congressman and demand that your state adopts bottle bills that include bottled waterDemand that your government does more to protect your groundwaterTurn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a monthShorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per monthWashing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colorsTurn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a monthTurn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a monthWhen you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubsWhen you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don't throw it in the trash, dump it on a plantKeep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plantsWhen you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you latherHave your plumber re-route your gray water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line. Check with your city codes, and if it isn't allowed in your area, start a movement to get that changedDownload to own or rent on Itunes:Download to own or rent on Amazon:THEATRESTheatres:CLEVELAND, OHTapped will be playing at the Capitol Theatre on September 9th at 7:00PM. The event is hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.SPOKANE, WATapped will be playing at the Red Lion Hotel at The Park, 303 W. North River Drive, on September 16th at 3:45PM. The event is hosted by the Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts.SANTA CRUZ, CATapped will be playing at the Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Avenue, on September 23rd at 7:15PM. Doors open at 6:30PM. Martha Mendoza, a Pulitzer Prize Winning AP Journalist, will be speaking at 7:00PM. The event is hosted by eco-Herbalista, the Blue Planet Run Foundation and Earthlust.LOS ANGELES, CATapped will be playing poolside at the Custom Hotel, 8639 Lincoln Blvd, on September 24th at 7:00PM. The event is sponsored by Otis's Integrated Learning Program, The Custom Hotel, Surfrider Foundation, LAS's Movies that Matter, and Councilman Rosendahl's Office.NEWPORT, RITapped will be playing at the Jane Pickens Theatre,49 Touro St, on September 26th at 2:30PM.TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing at Skeena Secondary School on September 26th as part of the World Community Film Festival.ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIATapped will be playing at St. Francis Xavier University on October 22nd as part of the World Community Film Festival.PAST SCREENINGS:__________________________________________________________________________________MAINEWorld Premiere! Maine International Film Festival July 12th at 3:30pm in Waterville, MaineDirector Stephanie Soechtig will be there for a Q&A after the filmBuy your tickets here: www.miff.orgLONG ISLANDLong Island International Film Expo: July 18th @ 2pmBuy your tickets here: www.liifilmexpo.orgNEW YORK CITYTapped will play for one week at the IFC Center July 31 - August 6.12:00 PM Fri, Jul 315:25 PM Fri, Jul 311:55 PM Sat, Aug 017:50 PM Sat, Aug 013:45 PM Sun, Aug 029:50 PM Sun, Aug 0212:00 PM Mon, Aug 035:25 PM Mon, Aug 031:55 PM Tue, Aug 047:50 PM Tue, Aug 043:45 PM Wed, Aug 059:50 PM Wed, Aug 053:45 PM Thu, Aug 069:50 PM Thu, Aug 06Buy your tickets here: www.movietickets.comLOS ANGELES, CATapped will play for one week at the ArcLight in Hollywood August 7-13.3:40 PM Fri, Aug 079:45 PM Fri, Aug 0712:00 PM Sat, Aug 085:25 PM Sat, Aug 081:40 PM Sun, Aug 097:25 PM Sun, Aug 093:40 PM Mon, Aug 109:45 PM Mon, Aug 1012:00 PM Tue, Aug 115:25 PM Tue, Aug 111:40 PM Wed, Aug 127:25 PM Wed, Aug 121:40 PM Thu, Aug 137:25 PM Thu, Aug 13Buy your tickets here: www.arclightcinemas.comRHODE ISLANDTapped will screen at the Rhode Island Film Festival August 5th at in Providence Rhode IslandWebsite: riff.bside.comRANGELEY, METapped will be shown one time only at the Lakeside Theater on Monday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.CHAFFEE COUNTY, COTapped will be playing for one night, Thursday August 27 in Salida, CO at the SteamPlant Theater.ROME, GATapped will screen at the Rome International Film Festival Saturday September 12 at 3pm in the historic DeSoto Theatre on Broad StreetWebsite: www.riff.tvBUNDANOON, AUSTRALIATapped will be playing at the Bundanoon Community Hall on the conrner of Railway Avenue and Church Street in Bundanoon, Australia on September 26, 2009 at 2:00PM.BOSTON, MATapped will be playing at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston's 8th annual Global Voices Film Festival. The film will be screening on Thursday, October 8th at 7:30PM at the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, Massachusetts.ATHENS, GATapped will be screening at the EcoFocus Film Festival on October 9th at 2:00PM, 11th at at 5:30PM and 14th at 5:30PM.Website: http://www.ecofocusfilmfest.org/EUGENE, ORTapped will screen at the Eugene International Film Festival October 9th at 9:00PM and 11th at 3:00PM.Website: www.eugenefilmfest.orgWASHINGTON, DCTapped will be playing in Washington, DC at the DC Green Festival on October 10th at 4:00PM followed by a panel discussion with the Director Stephanie Soechtig and Wenonah Hauter and Mitch Jones of Food and Water Watch.Website: www.greenfestivals.org/washington-dcSAN RAFAEL, CATapped will screen at the Mill Valley International Film Festival on October 11 at 6:00PM and October 14 at 9:00PM.Website: www.cafilm.orgTEMPE, AZTapped will be playing at Arizona State University on October 14, 2009.HOT SPRINGS, ARTapped will be playing at the Hot Springs Documentary Festival Monday October 19, 2009 at 11:25AM.Website: www.hsdff.org/2009filmselection/tappedSACRAMENTO, CATapped will be playing at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, CA on Wednesday October 21, 2009 at 5:30PM and 8:00PM. These screenings are sponsored by Save Our Water Sacramento.Website: www.thecrest.com/calendar/expand.cfm?EventID=3273LOS ANGELES, CATapped will be playing in a series of films about plastic polution Friday October 23 at 7:00PM at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.Website: www.tft.ucla.edu/facilities/james-bridges-theater/BIDDEFORD, METapped will be playing at the University of New England October 23 - 30, 2009.WELLS, METapped will be playing at the Wells Activity Center located on Route 109 on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30PM.MT. SHASTA, CACome celebrate Nestle's departure from McCloud and legislate for the preservation of Mount Shasta's critical headwater resources with a screening of Tapped on November 5th at 7:00PM. The screening will be held at the Stage Door Cabaret & Coffee House, 414 Mount Shasta Blvd. Arrive early for Spaghetti dinner ($8) and support the Stage Door who has graciously donated the event space. This event is sponsored by the McCloud Watershed Council.ROCKLAND, METapped will be shown with a selection of films from this year's Maine International Film Festival at The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine Saturday, August 29th at 5:30PM.Website: www.rocklandstrand.com/detail.html?id=498GOLDEN, COTapped will OPEN the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Golden, Colorado.November 5th at 7:00PM - Foss Auditorium - American Mountaineering Center with a "Talk Back" to follow.November 6th at 7:00PM - University of Denver - Davis Auditorium. Filmmakers will answer questions following film.November 7th at 7:00PM - Screening Room D - American Mountaineering CenterBuy your tickets here: www.ceff.netPORTLAND, ORTapped will be playing in Portland, OR for the Alliance for Democracy on November 7th at 7:00PM at the First Unitarian Church on 1011 SW 12th Street. Doors open at 6:30PM.GREAT BARRINGTON, MATapped will be showing at the Green For A Change Film Festival on November 8th at 11:00AM at the Triplex in Great Barrington, MA.Website: www.thetriplex.com/PROVIDENCE, RITapped will be playing at Brown University on Novemeber 10th at 8:00PM in Salomon 001. The screening is free and open to the public, sponsored by Beyond the Bottle, Oxfam, SuFI, Undergraduate Finance Board, and the Environment Council of Rhode Island.BURLINGTON, VTTapped will be playing at the University of Vermont on November 11th at 8:00PM at the CC Theater/Billings Auditorium. This event is presented by the Vermont Student Environmental Program (VTSEP) and the Office of Sustainabilty.BRUNSWICK, METapped will be playing at the Frontier Café Gallery & Cinema on November 11th at 5:00PM and 7:00PM with a discussion to follow the 7:00PM screening with Defending Water for Life in Maine. $10 suggested donation, advance ticket purchase recommended: 725-5222. This event it presented by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Defending Water for Life in Maine and Bowdoin College Student Environmental Activist Group: The Evergreens.McCLOUD, CATo celebrate Nestle's departure from McCloud and energize the continued stewardship of McCloud's valuable spring water resources, come see Tapped on November 12th at 7:00PM. The film will be shown after a community party taking place from 5:00PM - 7:00PM in the "Great Room" of the McCloud Mercantile on 241 Main St. Food and beverages will be available and everyone is welcome! The party and film night are sponsored by the McCloud Watershed Council.CHARLESTON, SCTapped will be playing at the University of Charleston on November 14th at 6:00PM in Marion Square.CLEVELAND, OHTapped will be playing November 14th and 15th as part of the America Recycles Day Celebrations at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Free with Admission to the Garden. The movie will be screening at 3:30PM in Clark Hall and is sponsored by Biodiversity Alliance.ATHENS, ALTapped will be playing at the Cinemagic Theatre in Athens, Alabama on November 15th at 2:00PM.WEST HARTFORD, CTTapped will be playing at the University of Hartford on November 17th at 5:00PM at the North Cafeteria of Gengras. This event is sponsored by Sustainability Commission.MANOA, HITapped will be playing at the University of Hawaii on November 18th at 6:00PM at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Classroom 2. This event is sponsored by the Sierra Club, Oahu Group and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Environmental Center.SAN DIEGO, CAThere will be a community screening of Tapped in San Diego on November 18th at 7:00PM at the Ultra Star Cinema at Hazard Center in Mission Valley on 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108. The event is sponsored by Pure Water Technology of San Diego and the San Diego Coastkeepers.ST. LOUIS, MOTapped will be screening at the St. Louis International Film Festival November 18th at 7:00PM and November 20th at 2:30PM at Frontenac 1.Website: www.cinemastlouis.org/2009/sliff_documentaries4.html#d39STORRS, CTTapped will be playing at the University of Connecticut on November 19th.OLYMPIA, WATapped will be playing at Evergreen State College on November 19th at 7:00PM in Lecture Hall 3.EUGENE, ORTapped will be playing at the University of Oregon on November 19th at 7:00PM in Lawrence 177. The screening is sponsored by ASUO Executive, Campus Recycling and the Coalition Against Environmental Racism.SACRAMENTO, CATapped will be playing at the Crest Theater in Sacramento on November 19th at 7:00PM. The cost is $9.50 for general admission, and $6.00 for students and senior citizens.MANCHESTER, NHTapped will be playing at Southern New Hampshire University on November 23th at 8:00PM in the Last Chapter Pub. This event is sponsored by ESS.AMSTERDAMTapped will have its international premiere in The Netherlands at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. It will be screening on November 21st at 21:45 in Munt 13, 22nd at 18:00 in Munt 10 and 28th at 20:30 in Tuschinski 3.Website: www.idfa.nl/industry.aspxST. PAUL, MNTapped will be playing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnessota on December 3th.PRINCETON, NJTapped will be playing at Princeton University on December 4th at 8:00PM at the Frist Campus Center in room 302. The event is sponsored by Water Watch.NEW YORK, NYTapped will be playing at New York University on December 4th at 7:00PM at the Kimmel Center. The event is sponosored by The Green Stream at Goddard Hall, Wagner Environmental Policy and Action (WEPA), Sustainable Silver and The Sustainability Task Force at NYU.SANTA FE, NMTapped will be playing at the Sante Fe Film Festival December 4th at 3:00PM at DeVargas 2 Theater and December 5th at 4:45PM at DeVargas 3 Theater on 562 N. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM.Website: http://santafefilmfestival.com/HOOVER, ALTapped will be playing Hoover High School on December 8th at 6:30PM at the Hoover High School Media Center.ANCHORAGE, AKTapped will be playing at the Anchorage International Film Festival December 6th at 1:00PM and 11th at 8:00PM.Website: www.anchoragefilmfestival.org/2009/film/LA JOLLA, CAThere will be a community screening of Tapped in La Jolla on December 10th at 6:00PM at the Scripps Green Hospital Amphitheater on 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA. The event is sponsored by Pure Water Technology of San Diego and Scripps Green Hospital.CHICO, CATapped will be playing at California State University Chico on December 10 at 7:00PM in Ayers Hall 106. Doors open at 6:45PM. The event is sponsored by Take Back the Tap, Food & Water Watch and the AS Sustainability Fund.WEST LONG BRANCH, NJTapped will be playing at Monmouth University on December 13th at 7:00PM in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, 400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, NJ. Admission is free but because space is limited, please RSVP by calling 732-246-2204 or email email@example.com. The event is sponsored by Monmouth University Environmental Club and Food & Water Watch.THE BAHAMASTapped will be playing at the Bahamas International Film Festival December 14th, 4:30PM at the Galleria JFK Cinema Theatre 2 and December 15th, 7:00PM at the Galleria JFK Cinema Theatre 3.Website: www.bintlfilmfest.com/index.phpTIBURON, CATapped will be playing at the Environmental Forum of Marin on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00PM. It will be screened at the Belvedere-Tiburon Public Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon CA 94920. Admission is free, and for more information please contact Belvedere-Tiburon Library at 415-789-2665.GLOUCESTER, MATapped will be playing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on January 10th at 2:00PM. The theater is located on 21 Main Street in Gloucester.CARLSBAD, CATapped will be playing at the Carlsbad Village Theatre 2822 State Street, on January 14th at 7:00PM. This event is presented by Global Heart and Healing Bridges.PARK CITY, UTTapped will be playing at the Jim Santy Auditorium in Park City on January 14th, 2010 at 7:00PM. It is a fundraiser for Recycle Utah. Please visit www.recycleutah.org for more information.FORT DODGE, IATapped will be screening at Iowa Central Community College on December 2nd at 7:00PM in the BHS Auditorium. The event is free and sponsored by the Iowa Central Community College Green Club and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust.NEVADA CITY, CATapped will be playing at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival January 15th - 17th, 2010.Website: www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/DECORAH, IATapped will be playing at the Oneota Film Festival on January 22nd at 4:00PM and 23rd at 1:15PM. It will be screened at Luther College, 700 College Dr., Decorah, IA 52101. Admission is free, and for more info please contact the festival director, Ruth Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.LOS ANGELES, CATapped will be playing at the Go Green Expo on January 23rd at 11:30AM at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Hall J. Immediately following the film, Director Stephanie Soechtig will be hosting a 15 minute question and answer session. The event is sponsored by HtruO. For more info, please visit www.gogreenexpo.com/.VACOUVER, WATapped will be playing at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on January 24, 2010 at 4:00PM located on 12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd. This event is hosted by the Green Committee.CHICAGO, ILTapped will be playing at the Gene Siskel Center, 164 North State Street, on January 24th at 4:30PM and 25h at 6:00PM.PARAMUS, NJTapped will be playing at Bergen Community College on January 30th at 2:00PM in room A104. The college is located on 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, New Jersey. The event is hosted by Hackensack Riverkeeper.NEW YORK, NYTapped will be playing at Fordham University on February 3rd at 4:00PM. It will be shown at the Lincoln Center Campus in the Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street (NW corner of Columbus Avenue). The event is open to the general public, but please RSVP to email@example.com. Following the film there will be a short discussion of NYC water issues led by Riverkeeper (New York’s leading clean water advocate), a Q&A and networking. Brought to you by Net Impact, MBA’s for Global Sustainability.DURHAM, NCBurt's Bees is hosting a screening for company employees on February 4th.COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing at the World Community Film Festival on Saturday February 6th at 4:55PM. It will be screened in the Sid Williams Theatre, 442 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay, BC Canada. You can purchase tickets at the theatre box office by calling 338-2430 or toll-free 1-866-898-8499 or order on the internet at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com/GROTON, MATapped will be playing at the Groton School on February 7th at 1:00PM.BOSTON, MATapped will be playing at the Harvard Divinity School, EcoDiv on February 8th.AMBLER, PATapped will be playing at the Ambler Theater, 108 East Butler Pike, Ambler, PA on February 9th at 7:30pm. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion. This movie is part of the Sustainability Movie Series sponsored by Pennypack Farm. For tickets and more information visit www.amblertheater.org/pennypack.GRAND RAPIDS, MITapped will be playing in Grand Rapids on February 11th at 7:00PM at the Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets are $3, and there will be a panel discussion immediately folllowing the film with Mayor GeorgeHeartwell, Dr. Alan Steinman and Kristi Klomp. The event is hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and HtruO.CHARLOTTE, NCTapped will be playing at Central Piedmont Community College on February 11th at 7:00PM. The film will be screening in Tate Hall in the Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus on 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Tickets are $7 and may be ordered by calling the CPCC Box Office at 703-330-6534 or by visiting tix.cpcc.edu. Please visit www.cpcc.edu for more information.GRASS VALLEY, CATapped will be playing at the Briar Patch Co-op Natrual Foods Market on February 19th at 6:30PM. The market is located on 290 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, CA.Visit: www.briarpatch.coop for more information.MISSOULA, MTTapped will be playing at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival February 20th at 5:30PM at the Wilma Theater. For more information, please visit www.bigskyfilmfest.org/COLCHESTER, VTTapped will be playing at Saint Michael's College on February 24th at 7:00PM in Cheray Hall 111. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the Saint Michael's College Library.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CATapped will be playing at the Aspen Room in the Library of the Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC),1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150 on February 25th at 6:30PM. The event is presented by the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association (TWSA).BOSTON, MATapped will be playing at Suffolk University on February 25th, 2010 in the 1st floor Amenities Conference Room, 73 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108. The screening is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by Q&A with expert panel. Sponsored by: Suffolk University Sustainability Committee, Suffolk University Environmental Club, Earth Emerson, Suffolk University chapter of the American Chemistry Society, Charles River Watershed Association, Think Outside the Bottle, Top Sprouts and The Green Roundtable/NEXUS.SALT SPRING ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped played at the Gulf Island Secondary School on February 27th at 2:15PM as part of the World Community Film Festival.HOOD RIVER, ORTapped will be playing at the Columbia Center for the Arts on March 2nd at 7:05PM as part of the Columbia Gorge Earth Center's Film Series. Scheduled for the evening is a Bottled Water Tasting at 6:30 (a fun taste test of different brands and tap water), a quick inroduction of the film series at 7:00, Tapped's screening at 7:05, and a panel discussion following at 8:30. The Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031-2019. The event is sponsored by Food & Water Watch.EUREKA, CATapped will be playing on March 4th at 7:00PM in the Arcata Theater Lounge, 1036 G Street, Arcata, CA 95521. Doors open at 6:30PM. Admission is free, and for more info please visit www.humboldtbaykeeper.com or call 707-268-8897. The event is sponsored by Humbolt Baykeeper, Ocean Conservancy, and the Humboldt chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.GUELPH, ONTARIOTapped will be playing at the University of Guelph on March 4th at 7:00PM in MacKinnon Room 031. The campus is located on 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1.NEW ORLEANS, LATapped will be playing at Loyola Univeristy on March 4th at 7:30PM at the College of Law, room 405. The university is located on 526 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. Before the film, there will be a wine reception at 7:00PM. The event is sponsored by Loyola University New Orleans Environmental Law Society and Tulane University Environmental Law Society for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference 2010.LAMOINE, METapped will be playing at the Lamoine Town Hall on 606 Douglas Highway in Lamoine, Maine 04604 (Route 184) on March 10th at 7:00PM. The event is sponsored by Union River Watershed Coalition, Lamoine Conservation Commission, and Bar Harbor Conservation Commission. For more info contact: Amy Morley, (207) 610-2285.VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be premiering in Victoria at Open Cinema on March 10th at 7:00PM. Doors open at 5:30PM. Tapped will be playing at the Victoria Event Centre on 1415 Broad Street. Please visit www.opencinema.ca for more information.PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLICTapped will be playing at the One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival on March 11th at 19:45 in Evald, March 13th at 17:15 in Archa, and March 17th at 21:30 in Atlas Large Hall. For more information, please visit www.oneworld.cz/ow/festival/.SANTA MONICA, CATapped will be playing at Santa Monica College on March 11th at 7:00PM on the AET Campus in room 235, 1660 Steward St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. There will be an introduction by Dr. Garen Baghdasarian, Chair of SMC's Life Sciences Department. Admission is free, and for more info please contact: Judy Neveau, 310-434-4303. The event is sponsored by Plastic Pollution Coalition and the SMC Associates, www.smc.edu/associates.PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George Campus, Lecture Theatre 7-212 on March 11th at 6:30PM. For more information, please contact: Danielle Smyth, firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free and there will be free popcorn for who ever wants it. The event is sponsored by The University of Northern British Columbia and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute.ITHACA, NYTapped will be playing at Cornell University in 165 McGraw Hall on March 11th at 5:00PM. This event is sponsored by Food & Water Watch.VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing in Vancouver on March 20th, hosted by the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Chapter.ANAHEIM, CATapped will be playing in Anaheim on March 13th, hosted by EarthTrade Water.WASHINGTON, DCTapped will be playing at American University on March 16th at 7:00PM in the Wechsler Theater (Mary Graydon Center Rm 315) on 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016. For more info please visit http://www.american.edu/calendar/?id=2294951. There will be a post film discussion by Chris O'Brien (AU's Director of Sustainability) and Paul Wapner (International Studies Professor) regarding AU's efforts to decrease bottled water use on campus. MONTREAL, QUEBECTapped will be playing at Concordia University on March 19th at 7:00PM in H110, Henry Hall Building. Admission is free, and for more info please contact TAPthirst at email@example.com.MILL VALLEY, CATapped will be playing at the Mill Valley Community Center in the Mountainview Room, on March 19th at 7:00PM, March 22nd at 10:30AM and March 28th at 5:00PM. March 19th, there will be wine and snacks provided, March 22nd, the screening will be open to babes in arms, drop-in childcare available for older kids, and March 28th will be a family friendly screening. There is a suggested donation of $10, payable to Blue Planet Run Foundation in order to help provide safe drinking water for a billion people in need worldwide. The event is hosted by EarthLust and Blue Planet Run Foundation.SUNNYVALE, CATapped will be playing at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 W. Fremont, Sunnyvale, CA, in the Fellowship Hall on March 20th at 7:00PM. There will also be a discussion of major issues. Popcorn, treats provided during the INTERMISSION. Bring you own water!BOSTON, MATapped will be playing at The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, on March 20th at 7:00PM. This event is part of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival Tour, which is designed to inspire by showing actions and ideas from around the globe on a wide array of environmental issues. Doors will open at 6:00pm with a supper and silent auction. This year's films will begin at 7:00 pm and will be shown in two segments, with dessert served at the intermission.The cost for the entire evening is $30.00 per person. This price is also a tax-deductible donation to the community science and civics work of "e" inc. There will also be an Early Bird Special of $25.00 if you purchase your tickets before March 1, 2010. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.Please visit "e" inc. for more information.PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing at Joe's Cafe on March 21st at 8:40PM as part of the World Community Film Festival.PORTLAND, METapped will be playing at the Zero Station, 222 Anderson Street on March 21st at 3:00PM. Admission is free and food and babysitting is provided for those who need it. For more info, please contact Nisha Swinton, NSwinton@fwwatch.org. The event is sponsored by Food & Water Watch, SOH2O and Defending Water for Life.HONOLULU, HITapped will be playing at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Spalding Auditorium on March 21st at 5:00PM. Tickets are $5 for General Admission and $3 for UHM Students & KHF Members. For more info, please call: 223-0130. The event is hosted by Jack Johnson and the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation.VENICE, CATapped will be playing at the Venice Neighborhood Council, 1416 Electric Ave on March 21st at 7:45PM. The event is sponsored by Rise Above Plastics, the Surfrider Foundation West LA/Malibu Chapter and the Venice Neighborhood Council. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=374585698311&ref=ts.ANNANDALE, VATapped will be playing at Northern Virginia Community College on March 22nd at 2:00PM. The screening is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa at NVCC – Annandale, and for more information please visit sites.google.com/site/ptkservice.GUELPH, ONTARIOTapped will be playing at the E.L. Fox Auditorium, 21 Meyer Dr., Guelph, ON N1E 4H1, on March 22nd at 8:30PM. The screening is part of Wellington Water Watchers' World Water Day Gala. For more info please visit www.wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca/SAN DIEGO, CATapped will be playing at the University of San Diego on March 22nd.BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing in Burnaby on March 22nd, hosted by Metro Vancouver.AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDTapped will be playing at TAPAC 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand, on March 22nd at 7:30PM. The event is hosted by EcoMatters Environment Trust, Oxfam and The Grey Lynn 2030.KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIATapped will be playing at OKanagan College March 21st at 6:30PM. The event is hosted by the Council of Canadians, Kelowna Chapter.MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOMTapped will be playing in Manchester on March 22nd. The event is hosted by the Manchester Entrepreneurs.DURHAM, NCTapped will be playing at Duke University in the Great Hall on March 22nd at 7:00PM. The event is hosted by The Environmental Alliance, sponsored by Food & Water Watch.LAIE, HITapped will be playing at Brigham Young University Hawaii at La’ie, McKay Auditorium on March 23rd at 6:00PM. Tickets are $2 for General Admission and $1 for BYUH Students & KHF Members. For more info, please contact: Megan Neal. The event is hosted by Jack Johnson and the Kokua Hawai'i Foundation.TEMPE, AZTapped will be play at the MadCap Theaters, 730 S. Mill Ave on March 23rd at 8:00PM. Tickets are $8.00, and for more info please visit www.madcapheaters.com or call 480-634-5192.TALLAHASSEE, FLTapped wil be playing at the Capitol on March 24th. The screening is hosted by Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda for the House of Representatives.FREDERICKSBURG, VATapped will be playing at the University of Mary Washington, Geography, 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 on March 24th at 7:00PM. The film will be screening in the Jepson Science Center, 100. For more info, please visit umw.edu/cas/geography.STANDISH, METapped will be playing at St. Joseph's College on March 24th. The screening is sponsored by Food & Water Watch.SANTA MONICA, CATapped will be playing at Santa Monica High School in Barnum Hall on March 24th at 4:00PM. The school is located on 601 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA 90405. The screening is free and open to the public. For more info contact Sara Bayles at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is sponsored by Team Marine and The Daily Ocean.TUSCON, AZTapped will be playing at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. on March 24th at 7:30PM. One Show Onlywith the filmmakers in person! Regular admission prices. For more info visit www.loftcinema.com or call 520-795-0844.KEENE, NHTapped will be playing at Keene State College on March 24th. The screening is sponsored by Keene State Campus Ecology.FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CATapped will be playing at the Orange County Water Distrcit on March 24th and 25th.SAN DIEGO, CATapped will be playing at the Ultrastar Cinema, 7510 Hazard Center Dr. San Diego, CA 92108 on March 25th at 8:10pm. For more information, please visit www.propeninsula.org/wildscenic. The event is hosted by Pro Peninsula as part of the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival Tour.PUERTO RICOTapped will be playing on March 25th at 3:00PM at Anfiteatro Argentina Hills, Museo y Centro de Estudios Humanísticos Dra. Josefina Camacho De la Nuez. Contact Info: (787) 743-7979 Ext. 4657SANTA FE, NMTapped will be playing at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Sante Fe, NM 87505 on March 26th. There will be a Bottle Exchange at the Santa Fe Plaza at 5:00PM and at the CCA Santa Fe at 6:00PM. The screening of Tapped will be at 8:00PM following the bottle exchange. General Admission is $9.50, and for more information, please call 505.982.1338 or visit www.ccasantafe.org. Filmmaker, Stephanie Soechtig and producer, Sarah Olson will lead a Q&A after the film. Intro by Tim Foresman, Bioneers. The event is presented by: Earth Care & Bioneers.SALIDA, COTapped will be playing on March 27th for the Chaffee Citizens for Sustainability.DENVER, COTapped will be playing at the Starz FilmCenter on 9th & Auraria Parkway on March 30th at 7:15PM. Tickets (open to the public) are $12 general admission and $10 for Denver Film Society members/Students. For tickets and more info visit www.denverfilm.org. The event is presented by the Denver Film Society.INCLINE VILLAGE, NVTapped will be playing at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Center (TERC) on the Sierra Nevada College Campus, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV on March 31st at 6:00PM. The event is presented by the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association (TWSA).ASPEN, COTapped will be playing at the Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Ave. Aspen, CO on March 31st at 7:00PM. Tickets are $9 for reserved seating, and may be purchased by visiting www.aspenshowtickets.com. The event is sponsored by Roaring Fork Conservancy.BRECKENRIDGE, COTapped will be playing at Collorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Place Rd. on March 31st at 6:00PM. The screening is sponsored by the High Country Conservation Center, www.highcountryconservation.org.BOULDER, COTapped will be playing at the University of Colorado, Boulder on March 31st at 6:00PM. There will be a bottle exchange at 4:00PM before the screening.OMAHA, NETapped will be playing at the University of Nebraska, Omaha on April 2nd at 6:30PM. There will be a bottle exchange at 5:00PM. The event is sponsored by the Environmental Club at UNO.LAWRENCE, KSTapped will be playing at Kansas University on April 5th at 3:00PM. There will be a bottle exchange before the screening at 2:00PM.NORMAN, OKTapped will be playing on April 6th for the Sierra Club/Recycling Association.DALLAS, TXTapped will be playing at the Inwood Theater on April 7th. There will be a bottle exchange at 5:30PM and the screening of the film to follow.AUSTIN, TXTapped will be playing at the One World Theater on April 8th.NORTH CHARLESTON, SCTapped will be playing at the Charleston International Film Festival April 8th - 11th, 2010. For more information, please visit www.charlestoniff.com/.HOUSTON, TXTapped will be playing in Houston on April 9th.NEW ORLEANS, LATapped will be playing in New Orleans on April 10th.PORTLAND, ORTapped will be playing at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, on April 10th and 11th at 1:00PM. The beneficiary for the screening is ecotrust. For more information, please visit www.letsretakeourplates.comNASHVILLE, TNTapped will be playing at the Natural Oasis Spa on April 14th.BEVERLY HILLS, CATapped will be playing at the Beverly Hills Film Festival April 14th - 18th, 2010. For more information, please visit www.beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com/.COEUR D'ALENE, IDTapped will be playing at North Idaho College, Lake Coeur d'Alene Room on April 15th at 7:00PM. All attendees receive a free ASNIC GO GREEN stainless steel water bottle.BLOOMINGTON, INTapped will be playing at Indiana University on April 15th as part of "Sustain IU Week."CHICAGO, ILTapped will be playing at Loyola University, Downtown Watchtower Campus on April 16th at 6:15PM. There will be a bottle exchange before the screening at 4:45PM.GOSHEN, INTapped will be playing at Goshen College on April 17th at 7:00PM in Administration Building Room #28. There will be a bottle exchange before the screening at 6:00PM.BUCKHANNON, WVTapped will be playing at West Virginia Wesleyan College on April 22nd. The screening is hosted by Wesleyan Students for Sustainability.MISSOULA, MTTapped will be playing at the University of Montana on April 20th at 7:00PM. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit www.umt.edu/greeningum.NEW YORK, NYTapped will join Aveda's Walk For Water in crossing the Brooklyn Bridge for the Get Off the Bottle Tour on Earth Day, April 22nd.NEW YORK, NYTapped will be playing at Sunshine Cinemas (part of Landmark Theaters, on Houston St.) on Earth Day, April 22nd at 7:00PM. There will be a bottle exchange before the screening at 6:00PM. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods and all proceeds will go towards the Hudson River Project.KEENE, NHTapped will be playing at Keene State College on April 22nd. The screening is sponsored by Keene State Campus Ecology.RYE, NYTapped will be playing at the Wainwright House on April 22nd at 7:30PM. For more information please visit wainwright.org/.GREENWICH, CTTapped will be playing in Greenwich on April 23rd.WISE, VATapped will be playing in Wise on April 23rd. The screening is co-hosted by the Clinch Coalition and Friends of the Russell Fork.ROSWELL, GATapped will be playing at the Cowie Weiss Theater on April 24th. The screening is sponsored by the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and for more information, please visit www.chattnaturecenter.com.AUSTIN, TXTapped will be showing in Austin on April 24th and 25th sponsored by Show Technology Productions.MADISON, WITapped will be playing at the Monona Terrace, One John Nolen Dr. on April 26th at 7:00PM. The screening is sponsored by the Madison Water Utility, and for more information please visit www.madisonwater.org.LOS ANGELES, CATapped will be playing at the LA United Film Festival May 1st at 4:30PM. The film will be screening at the Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. For more information please visit www.theunitedfest.com/losangeles/.TRUCKEE, CATapped will be playing at the Sierra College Tahoe, Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail Dr., Truckee, CAon April 30th at 6:30PM. The event is presented by the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association.SALT LAKE CITY, UTTapped will be playing at the SLC City Library, 210 E. 400 St. on May 6th at 7:00PM. The event is presented by SLC Film Center and Salt Lake City Dept of Public Utilities. Visit www.slcfilmcenter.org for more information.SANTA CRUZ, CATapped will be playing at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, May 6-15th.SACRAMENTO, CATapped will be playing at the Cal EPA Buliding, Klamath Room, 1001 I Street, 2nd Floor Sacramento, CA 95814 on May 12th at 12:00pm. For more information please contact: Christine Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 341-5677.PLANO, TXTapped will be playing at the Studio Movie Grill, 4721 W. Park Boulevard Plano, TX on May 17th at 6:30PM.There will be a panel discussion with water experts immediately following the screening. Tickets are $2 per person, but seats are limited. To request a seat, contact Melissa Baird at (972) 769-4132 or email email@example.com.MENDOCINO, CATapped will be playing at the Mendocino Film Festival on June 4th - 6th. For more info, please visit www.mendocinofilmfestival.org/.COPRUS CHRISTI, TXTapped will be screening on July 30th, 6:30PM at 413 Waco – The Progressive Center. Admission is free, but if you have any questions, contact: Suzie Canales at 334-6764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.TRAVERSE CITY, MITapped will be playing at the Right Brain Brewery, 221 Garland St, on August 26th at 7:00PM. The event is hosted by the Bary Area Recycling for Charities on behalf of "Green Drinks" Traverse City, MI.Buy the DVD:Download to own or rent on Itunes:Download to own or rent on Amazon:Preorder your DVD:If you want to preorder a DVD copy of TAPPED fill out the following form and someone will contact you:We will contact you soon!Host a Screening:If you liked Tapped and want to spread the word in your community why not host your own screening? Rent a theatre, show it in a classroom, rent a projection screen or invite your friends to your living room. 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