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ATO Pictures Nabs Environmental Doc "Last Call at the Oasis"

Jessica Yu's "Last Call at the Oasis." ATO Pictures.

ATO Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to "Last Call at the Oasis," an environmental documentary from Academy Award winner Jessica Yu. The film recently premiered in Toronto.

Yu's film provides an investigation into the world's water crisis. Among the activists featured: Erin Brockovich, Peter Gleick, Alex Prud'homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

Here's the trailer:


Full release below:

ATO PICTURES ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANT MEDIA’S ‘LAST CALL AT THE OASIS’ AS THEIR SECOND TIFF PICK UP

ACADEMY AWARD WINNER JESSICA YU DIRECTS ACCLAIMED NEW DOC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY (September 21, 2011) ATO Pictures announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s acclaimed new film, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu. The film recently premiered at TIFF to tremendous fanfare.

Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for such groundbreaking documentaries as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC. AND WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN”, LAST CALL AT THE OASIS, presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film was produced by Elise Pearlstein (FOOD, INC.) and features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

According to ATO co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell: “We could not be more proud to be working with Participant on this riveting, enthralling doc which we know will open people’s eyes to the severe calamity at hand. Audiences are in for an eye opening experience and Jessica has done a brilliant job illuminating this vital issue.”

Ricky Strauss, President of Participant Media said, “We’re very excited to be teaming up with ATO Pictures to bring Jessica’s bracing and beautifully-made wake-up call about the urgency of the water crisis to U.S. movie audiences along with the kind of robust social action and advocacy campaign for which Participant is known.”

The deal was negotiated by ATO’s Head of Acquisitions Sarah Lash with Josh Braun of Submarine and Jeff Ivers, COO of Participant Media.

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