Water Wars film tour kicks off in Albany

Water Wars film tour kicks off in Albany
Co-director David Hanson
Co-director David Hanson

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Atlanta filmmaker is bringing his latest project to Albany and part of his statewide tour. "Who Owns Water," discusses the issues surrounding the Tri-State Water Wars and its impact on communities.

For over a decade Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have been competing for water control in the Apalachichola-Chattahoochee-Flint River flow.

Georgia, an upstream user, wants to enough supply to further grow the Atlanta area, including southern agricultural communities

Alabama and Florida, downstream users need enough to continue fueling their fish and shellfish industry and similar lines of work.

The film dives deep into the communities that are touched by the feud. Director David Hanson takes a paddle boat trip with his brother, Michael Hanson, co-director, from north Georgia all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico to meet and spend time with locals along the way.

"It's just a good conversation, its just good to talk about because its going to become more and more important," David Hanson shared "You can't really ignore our water source for long, it will catch up to you."

"I mean no one tells it better than the people living right next to it," Hanson continued. "So, by tapping directly into that grass roots is exciting for me as a story teller. And I think it translates a more complete and complex story than just you might see when you flick on the news or you read a newspaper or hear from a politician," Hanson said.

"Who Owns Water" took a year to produce, Hanson says he's excited to share his experience with those from his home state.

The first showing begins at 11 A.M. at the Flint Riverquarim Theater in downtown Albany, tickets are $5.

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