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Sneak Preview on Sunday: Thirst for Facts on Country's Water Crisis Leads to EIU Documentary

Vicki Shaw Woodard, EIU Public Information Coordinator
October 2, 2014

CHARLESTON – What do you get when you put four college students who barely know one another with an energetic faculty member in a borrowed mini-van and send them off on a nearly 5,000-mile, 11-day journey to explore our country’s dwindling resources?

Obviously, there’s going to be those personal memories destined to last a lifetime.

More importantly, though, is the one-hour public awareness documentary that will be produced and aired on WEIU-TV, Eastern Illinois University’s public television station, beginning Nov. 5.

Interested viewers won’t have to wait that long for a sneak look. A 30-minute preview of “Expedition Endurance” is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the auditorium of EIU’s Buzzard Building. The showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the project’s participants, including Cameron Craig, geographer, climatologist and documentarian at EIU.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

According to Craig, the group explored and documented the dwindling water resources of the Colorado River and its effect on the population of that region. He, along with students Nathan Page, Darius Holland, Aric Ascot Pelafas and Jay Bushen, set out for the southwest United States in May with the goal of filming the evidence that is needed to convince citizens of the Midwest that water conservation is vital to humanity's future survival.

The team interviewed experts while visiting arid locations such as Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Tucson, Grand Canyon National Park, Hoover Dam, Arches National Park, Estes Park and various locations in Kansas.

In addition to the documentary, the group is developing classroom audio-visual/worksheet materials that will be used in classrooms throughout the state.

EIU/TCPFilms Production Team:

Cameron Douglas Craig, Co-Director/Co-Producer/Executive Producer/Lead Project Researcher
Nathan Page, Co-Director/Co-Producer/Student Project Leader
Darius Holland, Co-Producer/CATS Graduate
Aric Ascot Pelafas, Videographer/Project Coordinator
Jay Bushen, Geographer/Environmental & Sustainability Co-Investigator
William Roth, Economic Co-Investigator

Eastern Illinois University and the Center for Academic Technology Support with the Department of Geology/Geography present a Tempestas et Caelum production, "Expedition Endurance," a film by Nathan N. Page and Cameron Douglas Craig with Darius Holland, Aric Ascot Pelafas, and Jay Bushen.

Further Information

Cameron Craig,