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When a Town Runs Dry


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The California drought is out of sight and out of mind for many Americans. Los Angeles-based Hey Baby director Joris Debeij seeks to change that, by putting real faces and real hearts to the issue, with the untold story of Statford, a small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley where years of drought are threatening the livelihood of the community in the new short film “When a Town Runs Dry.”

The short documentary follows three Statford residents: A farmer who has had to sell land that his grandfather originally purchased; a high school football coach who grew up in the area during a time when children could run and play in the water; and a shopkeeper, an immigrant from Yemen who loves his adopted town, but is having difficulty making ends meet when his customers cannot afford to pay their tabs.



Production Company: Go Project Films

Director: Joris Debeij

Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Director of Photography: Isaac Bauman

Editors: Adam Loften, Joris Debeij

Camera Operator/Steadicam: Jose Babcock

Assistant Camera: Jeremy Asuncion

Original Music: Ari Balouzian

Sound Recorder: Jonathan Vazquez

Sound Design/Mix: Zino van Hamersveld

Colorist: Nick Sanders

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