When a Town Runs Dry
The California drought is out of sight and out of mind for many Americans. Los Angeles-based Hey Baby director Joris Debeij seeks to change that, by putting real faces and real hearts to the issue, with the untold story of Statford, a small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley where years of drought are threatening the livelihood of the community in the new short film “When a Town Runs Dry.”
The short documentary follows three Statford residents: A farmer who has had to sell land that his grandfather originally purchased; a high school football coach who grew up in the area during a time when children could run and play in the water; and a shopkeeper, an immigrant from Yemen who loves his adopted town, but is having difficulty making ends meet when his customers cannot afford to pay their tabs.
Production Company: Go Project Films
Director: Joris Debeij
Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Director of Photography: Isaac Bauman
Editors: Adam Loften, Joris Debeij
Camera Operator/Steadicam: Jose Babcock
Assistant Camera: Jeremy Asuncion
Original Music: Ari Balouzian
Sound Recorder: Jonathan Vazquez
Sound Design/Mix: Zino van Hamersveld
Colorist: Nick Sanders
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