Deep Water: Film Screening & Lecture

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Leslie_Zucker
Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by E. Ostapczuk

The Ashokan Reser­voir. Con­struc­tion fin­ished in 1915 — 100 years ago. Pho­to by E. Ostapczuk.


Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 21, 2015, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM at the Olive Free Library, West Shokan, NY

Learn the true sto­ry of how the Catskill Water Sys­tem was built 100 years ago at a movie screen­ing of “Deep Water” with film­mak­er Tobe Carey. The screen­ing is host­ed by the Olive Free Library.

The pro­gram starts at 10:30am with an intro­duc­tion from the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram, screen­ing of the 45-minute doc­u­men­tary film, and ends with a ques­tion & answer session.

The build­ing of the Catskill Water Sys­tem is a tale of hero­ism and heart­break, polit­i­cal maneu­ver­ing, lost vil­lages, bril­liant engi­neer­ing and a pow­er strug­gle between New York City and the Catskills. It is the sto­ry of a city des­per­ate for water and the reluc­tant rur­al area that was forced to pro­vide it. Today, the Water­shed pro­vides bil­lions of gal­lons of pure water to New York City. In a time when the world faces severe water short­ages, the Catskill sys­tem remains one of the most suc­cess­ful water projects of our time.

This com­pelling and mov­ing doc­u­men­tary con­tains hun­dreds of vin­tage pho­tographs, rare films, and inter­views with his­to­ri­ans and res­i­dents. Pro­duced and direct­ed by Tobe Carey, Rob­bie Dupree and Artie Traum.

Admis­sion is free and no reg­is­tra­tion is required.