New Film Explores Water Challenges and Food Security in San Joaquin Valley by Emily Allshouse Aug 9, 2017 Water News “Beyond the Brink,” a new film exploring water scarcity and food shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley and implications for the nation’s food supply, is set for release this fall. The feature-length documentary includes perspectives from ACWA Executive Director Timothy Quinn and several ACWA member agencies on the possible solutions to challenges faced by California’s farmers as they contend with issues related to drought, water scarcity, a growing population, tree mortality, and disadvantaged communities. The film was created, directed and produced by Jim Thebaut as part of The Chronicle Group’s series of documentaries dealing with public policy and national security. Other films in the series include: “Running Dry” (2005), “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? (2008) and “The Cold War and Beyond (2000). The Sierra Nevada Research Institute in partnership with Undergraduate Education, University of California, Merced have scheduled the film’s premier for Sept. 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Art Kamanger Center at the Merced Theatre. The premier will be followed by a panel discussion. Although the showing is a free event, individuals interested in the attending are strongly encouraged to RSVP online by Sept. 1. For questions about the premier event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.