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Award-winning environmental filmmaker Shalini Kantayya to discuss worldwide water crisis in Coe Marquis Series event

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2015-03-06 13:26:22 - General

Award-winning environmental filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will screen segements from her films on the worldwide water crisis in an upcoming Coe Marquis Series presentation.
Award-winning environmental filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will screen segements from her films on the worldwide water crisis in an upcoming Coe Marquis Series presentation.

Award-winning environmental filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will screen segments from her films highlighting the worldwide water crisis at an upcoming Marquis Series presentation at Coe College. The event will be held on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. Seating is available by calling the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Kantayya refers to herself as an eco-activist, tech-head, sci-fi fanatic and humanist. She finished in the top 10 out of 12,000 filmmakers on Fox's "On The Lot," a Steven Spielberg show in search of Hollywood's next great director. She uses film to explore human rights at the intersection of water, food and energy.

The mission of 7th Empire Media, Kantayya's production company, is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through wildly imaginative media. Kantayya created her science-fiction film, "A Drop of Life," after finding alarming statistics that two-thirds of the world's people will not have adequate access to clean drinking water by the year 2027. Making a real-world impact, the film was used as a tool to organize for water rights in 40 villages across Africa. It won Best Short at Palm Beach International, a Crystal Dior nomination at Tokyo Shorts, and it was broadcast on national television in India and the U.S.

In this gripping film screening and interactive talk, Kantayya will fuse personal and political to explore the mounting worldwide water crisis, helping audiences to see water as a basic human right and inspiring them to make change.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, call 399-8600.