Flint RiverQuarium and Flint Riverkeeper Host ‘Who Owns Water?’ Documentary Film Showings with the Filmmaker

flint_riverkeeperAlbany- It’s a conflict once unthinkable in the deep, green South. Three states are locked in a battle over fresh water that has Atlanta, Flint River farmers, power plants, municipalities, fisheries, and recreationalists needing the same limited resource. Who’s in control? It depends on who you talk to.

In Who Owns Water?, a stunningly shot, award-winning documentary film, brothers Michael and David Hanson return to the source of their childhood river and paddle the Chattahoochee, Flint, and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. They take viewers deep into the Water Wars and they learn that the people who live along these rivers have their own stories to tell.

“This documentary captures the emotions of people who depend on and use the waters of all three rivers. The Hanson brothers do an especially fine job of capturing the uniqueness of the Flint and the love of her people for the river. The Flint is historically under-represented, and the Hansons help give voice for the river,” states Gordon Rogers, Flint Riverkeeper.

“We are pleased to present this engaging and informative film in our theater,” adds Emily Jean McAfee, Flint RiverQuarium Interim CEO. “Its message ties in well with the Flint RiverQuarium’s mission statement: to promote education and awareness of water and its value. The importance of water in our lives and for the future is an important topic for the people of our region.”

Flint RiverQuarium and Flint Riverkeeper invite Flint River community members to see this documentary film at the Flint RiverQuarium Theater. There are two daytime lunch and learn events, and one evening showing on Thursday, October 16, 2014:

11am-12:05pm: Film showing with filmmaker David Hanson; Q&A following film
12:15-1:15pm: Lunch (catered by Stewbos)
1:30-2:35pm: Film showing with filmmaker David Hanson; Q&A following film

Tickets for these lunch and learn events are $5 for the film or $10 for the film and lunch

Flint RiverQuarium and Flint Riverkeeper® Host Who Owns Water Documentary Film Showings with the Filmmaker Special evening event begins at 7pm with hors d’oeuvres and features local-crafted libations with an 8pm film screening and discussion with filmmaker David Hanson. Tickets for this event are $75 per person or $125 per couple. These Albany events are sponsored by Fowltown Farms, Southwest Georgia Living and Stripling, Inc.


The mission of Flint RiverQuarium is to promote education and awareness of water and its value. The Flint RiverQuarium is southwest Georgia’s premier aquarium, featuring more than 1,000 animals that call the Flint River watershed home. The Flint RiverQuarium is located at 101 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany, Georgia. Regular operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; closed Monday. www.flintriverquarium.com The mission of Flint Riverkeeper is to restore and preserve the habitat, water-quality, and flow of the Flint River for the benefit of current and future generations and dependent wildlife. FRk is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, a fully-licensed member of the Waterkeeper® Alliance, serves a leadership role within the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC), a member of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders (ACFS), a member of Georgia River Network, and an EarthShare of Georgia member group. www.flintriverkeeper.org

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