“There it is, take it!” – William Mullholland, November 1913, as the water cascaded for the first time, out of the Owens Valley and down to the City of Angels.
This wordless documentary was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. With full access to picture and film archives at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, The DWP, The Seaver Center for Western History Research, and generous funding from Lauren Bon and Metabolic Studios, I led a group of students in the making of this dream-like reflection on William Mulholland’s vision. From hand processed 16mm film, Cyanotype title cards, 100 mules walking the length of the aqueduct, stop motion animation, local school children’s drawings, to the rose garden at The Natural History Museum.
Made with great friends and colleagues Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo, with students from The Echo Park Film Center, and A Free School.