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South Coast College Professor And Students Produce Documentary On California's Drought

Photo by David Grannis
Cal Lutheran students (who have since graduated) Kristiann Jones (left) and Karie Portillo Guerra filming “Turf Wars” ";s:

A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

"To truly see those fallow fields everywhere where you knew there was once a lot of flourishing crops.  Seeing people having to leave everything they know because of this drought was incredibly heartbreaking but also just a testament to how important the work that we were doing was," she said.

The documentary will be screened on Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Grant R. Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks.

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