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Director Joris Debeij Peers Into the Real People Left Depleted by the California Drought

Press Kitchen, 4 months ago

Hey Baby director puts real faces and real hearts to the issue with 'When a Town Runs Dry' documentary

Director Joris Debeij Peers Into the Real People Left Depleted by the California Drought

For most people, the drought is a very impersonal natural disaster, one that is out of sight and out of mind for Californians and 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 (8:15) 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.

Music and Sound

Original Composition: Ari Balouzian

Sound Design: Zino van Hamersveld

Sound Mix: Zino van Hamersveld

Sound Production: Jonathan Vazquez

Post Production / VFX

Colourist: Nick Sanders

Production Company

Camera Operator: Jose Babcock

Director: Joris Debeij

DOP: Isaac Bauman

Editorial & Online: Adam Loften, Joris Debeij

Producer: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Production Company: Go Project Films

Technical Assistant : Jeremy Asuncion

Genre: Documentary , Storytelling