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World’s first virtual collaborative documentary

Media Release 27 June 2011

Aspiring documentary makers will have a chance to take their art into a new virtual world with Water Stories: the first ever online collaborative documentary making project.

This unique online film development process has been put together in partnership by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, at University of Technology Sydney and Australian Documentaries for WSROC’s Water in the Landscape program.

Water Stories which is hosted on the “Crowd TV” website invites western Sydney-siders to submit and workshop ideas online, with professional producers to produce a powerful story about water in the landscape.

The documentary will be directed by AFI award winning documentary maker, Sascha Ettinger Epstein and submitted to film festivals around the world.

“Water Stories is a wonderful way to draw attention to the importance of water assets in our local communities.  A project like this highlights the work our councils do in managing stormwater, protecting water quality in local creeks and rivers and ensuring there are adequate water supplies to maintain community facilities such as sports grounds,” WSROC President, Clr Alison McLaren says.

Water in The Landscape will be the theme for the documentary, but beyond that the production team have thrown open the doors to anyone with ideas for what the documentary should show and how it should be presented.

The most creative ideas and the most active participants will find their name on the credits of this groundbreaking community project.

“It is a very new and exciting concept, as we, the production team, have little control over the directions the documentary will take; it is all being run through the website, Facebook and Twitter,” Kylee Ingram, founder of Australia Documentaries says.

“But that is exactly the point of this project. There is such a fantastic mix of talent amongst people who really care for environmental issues here in Western Sydney and through this unique project everyone can have their say.” Ms Ingram says.

The website is open until 12 Midnight on 1 July for the pre-production phase of the documentary, where the focus will be on submitting and discussing ideas for the film. The idea with the greatest number of votes will go into production.

“There is still plenty of time to submit ideas and to get involved and we would like to see as many people participate as possible,” says Katie Ross, from the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

If you want to discuss water issues in Western Sydney and help create a documentary to inspire change, then visit: Or have a look at the ‘How to CrowdTV’ video on youtube

Water Stories is part of the Water in The Landscape Program run by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

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Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Deputy CEO on 0417 239 539

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