The Great Divide

United States

Running time: 19 minutes - Language: English & Spanish w/English subtitles - Year: 2019

Film Summary

In the tiny hamlet of Tooleville, California, a small cadre of water warriors – regular people living without access to clean water – fight for their right to safe, clean drinking water, despite the unbelievable odds and a system stacked against them.

Category: Environmental Racism/Justice

Filmmaker

Casey Beck

Casey earned her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is on the faculty at California State University East Bay, where she teaches documentary production. She was a recent finalist for the KQED Homemade Film Festival and has produced films for FRONTLINE, MTV, FoodMattersTV, and The Documentary Channel (Pivot). Casey premiered her feature documentary directorial debut The Organic Life to sold-out crowds at the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Cruz Film Festival and was broadcast on national TV in tandem with a VOD rollout on Hulu and iTunes. She screened Shades, a short film about emoji skin tones, at the Academy-Award qualifying Cinequest in 2019 and Legion, a short about a grieving mother finding solace in Star Wars, at Cinequest 2020. In 2018, she won a Fledgling Fund grant to direct her short documentary Downstream about the catastrophic effects of water contamination on the rivers in Iowa. The film screened at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, among others, and can be found online at YaleE360.