VIMFF 2014 :: FILMS :: 

The Water Tower

USA, 28 minutes, 2013
Directed by Pete McBride
Screening: Protecting The Planet Matinee, Mon Feb 10 @ 2:00pm (doors 1:30pm)
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Stunningly beautiful cinematography, danger and deep humanity mark this unique film.

In Central Kenya, northeast of the Rift Valley, there is a tower. It is a monumental granite swell with a crumbling pinnacle that stretches 17,058 feet into the sky. Mt. Kenya, the second tallest peak in Africa, is home to Ngai, the local water god that is said to create the rains. As a result, Ngai and the mountain provite70% of the nation’s water supply, fed by glaciers and annual storms that eddy around this looming rock island. Pete McBride climbed its false summit with his family when he was 9 years old. Returning in 2012 with a group of climbers, he noticed something frightening. It wasn’t the same mountain he climbed as a boy. From the slums of Nairobi to the arid landscapes of Samburu National Reserve and the vast rose farms on Mt. Kenya’s foot hills, The Water Tower, is equal parts travel, advocacy and adventure film.

Native Coloradan Pete McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. A self-taught, award-winning photographer, filmmaker and writer, he has traveled on assignment to over 6o countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men's Journal, Esquire, STERN and many others.
In 2011 and 2012, his film "Chasing Water" won over 20 film festival awards including "Best Short Documentary" at Canada's Banff Mtn. Film Festival, "Best Environmental Film" at England's Kendal Mtn. Festival and "Best Documentary" at Florida's Clear Water Festival.

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