The Academy Presents

A Special Screening of Cadillac Desert

Sunday, January 28, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO–On January 28, 2001, the California Academy of Sciences will be screening the documentary Cadillac Desert to honor the life of the late writer and conservationist Marc Reisner. Winner of the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Cadillac Desert is a four-part documentary series about water, and the money and politics that have been involved as Americans have fought over the precious resource.

The first three episodes of the film are based on the book that Reisner is most remembered for, Cadillac Desert, which denounced the way water was used in the West. The book is believed by many to be the definitive wake up call that stimulated a water conservation campaign that continues to the present day.

Besides writing Cadillac Desert, Reisner authored two other books and was working on a fourth at the time of his death. His career as an environmentalist was long and varied, punctuated by managing the Vidler Water Co., co-founding the Ricelands Habitat Partnership, and consulting to the Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Associations. This past year, as he served as a distinguished visiting professor at University of California at Davis, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in marine conservation. He planned to use the funds to restore native salmon habitats in California. Reisner died of cancer in his Marin County home this past July at age 51.

The four-hour documentary will be shown continuously in the Morrison Auditorium beginning at 11 a.m. and is free after museum admission is paid. Cadillac Desert is a production of Trans Pacific Television and KTEH/San Jose Public Television.