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The University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling
and the UCI School of Physical Sciences 

invite you to a special pre-screening of the documentary


featuring appearances by UCI Professor Jay Famiglietti and his research group

Special Guest: Academy-Award nominated producer Elise Pearlstein

By invitation only

Please RSVP by April 13, 2012



Friday, April 20, 2012

Arnold and Mabel 
of the National Academies of
Sciences and Engineering
100 Academy
Irvine, CA 92617

4:00 pm - Reception, Fountain Courtyard

5:00 pm - Screening of Last Call at the Oasis, Auditorium
            Introduction: Professor Jay Famiglietti
                  Q&A with Jay Famiglietti & Elise Pearlstein

7:00-7:30 pm - Reception, Fountain Courtyard

7:30-9:00 pm - Dinner, Atrium

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Participant Media, the company that has illuminated such issues as climate change, the industrialization of food and the state of public education in the U.S. with its ground-breaking documentaries An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., and Waiting for “Superman,” turns its attention to the global water crisis in LAST CALL AT THE OASIS.  With Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien) and Academy Award-nominated producer Elise Pearlstein (Food, Inc.), LAST CALL AT THE OASIS sheds light on the vital role water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and introduces us to individuals who are championing revolutionary solutions.  It also presents a convincing argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. 

The filmmakers explore the issue from the standpoint of both quantity and quality, with insight from University of California, Irvine earth science professor Jay Famiglietti, University of Arizona law professor Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable, Scripps Institute researcher Tim Barnett, the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, and writer Alex Prud’homme, whose manuscript for the book The Ripple Effect served as an early resource. We see how because of overuse, population burdens and climate change, our water supplies are no longer being replenished. It is also revealed how the issue of water cannot be approached without understanding its connection to everything else, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to the electricity we depend on. 
Watch the trailer:

LAST CALL AT THE OASIS will be in select theaters on May 4, 2012. 
May 4 - New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.
May 11 - Phoenix, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Denver
May 18 - Dallas, Portland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Philadelphia
May 25 - Detroit, Sacramento
Although it covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface, there is a very real possibility that in the near future, there won’t be enough water to sustain life on the planet. 
This shocking investigation into the world's water crisis, draws upon the work of scientists and activists including the real Erin Brockovich, from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu and the producer's of "Food, Inc." Read more
VARIETY - Last Call at the Oasis
Whether the glass is half full or half empty isn’t the point of the effervescent “Last Call at the Oasis”: It’s whether there’ll be anything in the glass at all. Read more
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Last Call at the Oasis: Toronto Review
A well-made argument that Americans should be much more concerned about water issues than we are, Jessica Yu's Last Call at the Oasis sits in that rank of Big Issue docs that are both convincing and attractive enough to catch on in theaters, given the right distributor and more than a little luck. Read more
IONCINEMA - Last Call at the Oasis. Got Water?
Not only is there a looming water shortage, but nearly all of the so called “fresh” water we do have is contaminated by chemicals, many of which cause cancer, birth defects and a variety of other horrific diseases thanks to irresponsible industrial practices, EPA approval of chemicals without thorough testing and a lack of pharmaceutical filtration. Jessica Yu's new doc pulls back the veil on a little talked about problem that is literally apocalyptic is scope. Things are looking bad folks, but before we can change things we as a society must acknowledge the problem, or, in the words of Jay Famiglietti, a hydology scientist working with NASA, “We're screwed.” Read more
CINESPECT Image/Sound/Movement - Eau Crap
“...But don’t let that happy thought comfort you too much. As one scientist the filmmakers interview concisely explains, “We’re totally screwed.” I really don’t think that I can fully convey in words (but saying that helps, right?) the absolute necessity that everyone on earth see this film, surely the most important documentary of the year...” Read more
FILMMAKER - Five Questions for “Last Call at the Oasis” Director Jessica Yu

For Oscar-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu’s latest film, Last Call at the Oasis, she looks at the frightening realities of the current global water crisis. Produced through the social issue giants Participant Media, Yu’s film has the makings of a must-see like An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc. Read more
CBC News - TIFF docs program aims for attention-grabbing picks

For the social activists: Must-watch film: Last Call at the Oasis

"Last Call at the Oasis” is a look at water in the way Food, Inc. was a look at the food crisis in our world," Powers says of the latest film from Jessica Yu, an Oscar-winner for her documentary short “Breathing Lessons”. Read more 
AMC News - The New Documentary Last Call at the Oasis
Interview with Jessica Yu, Elise Pearlstein, Erin Brockovich
CBC News - Last Call at the Oasis explores water crisis

 - Programmer Thom Powers on This Year’s Doc Lineup
“Jessica Yu’s ‘Oasis,’ which she did with Participant, will be a stand-out this year,” said Powers who, in addition to programming TIFF’s doc-centered Real to Reel section also spearheads the Stranger Than Fiction and DOC NYC events in New York City. Read more
VARIETY - Toronto Rock Star of Doc World
Prepare to get real at Toronto as several factors, including a rules change for Oscar, more available product and a competitive fall release schedule, have conspired the make the fest among the best places for a documentary to grab attention. Read more

“Last Call at the Oasis” is Easily On Track for a Deserved Oscar Nomination

The other day I wrote a column about how documentaries premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival have a better chance of immediate turnaround for Oscar consideration. I mentioned Jessica Yu’s “Last Call at the Oasis” simply because it’s an issue-oriented film, and now that I’ve actually seen the doc I believe it truly is on track for certain Academy recognition. Read more