Private Project

Sugar Water

Less than 200 years ago, white men found South Florida an uninhabitable swampland. But with an arsenal of chemicals, war, infrastructure innovations, and biased bureaucracy, he transformed the Everglades into a literal and metaphorical cul-de-sac. In the context of the climate crisis, which primarily manifests as water hazards, Sugar Water asks scientists, realtors, farmers, fishermen, and the common man how the redistribution and pollution of Florida's most prized resource shapes their relationship to the land, their communities and futures.

  • Rick Jacques
  • Alexander Krause
  • Rick Jacques
  • Alexander Krause
  • Alexander Krause
  • Rick Jacques
  • Rick Jacques
  • Toga Cox
    Sound Engineer
  • Taylor Jacques
    Field Producer
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    Enviornmental, social justice, political, Journalistic
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 14 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Rick Jacques

Rick Jacques (1989) is a Film Director, Cinematographer, and the founder of Lucky Lefty, an independent, Brooklyn-Based Studio specializing in creative development and video production. Originally from Palm Beach County, Rick is the love child of a Florida Detective and a Runaway from Indiana. Rick utilizes a nimble team of collaborators to travel the world filming cinematic commercial and documentary video projects.

Since opening in 2016, Lucky Lefty has directed and produced commercial projects for brands such as Google, Starbucks, Nike, Budweiser, and Adidas. These efforts ranged in scope from lifestyle and celebrity portraiture photography to social media content and 30 second broadcast commercials.

In 2019, Lucky Lefty began self-producing a documentary film, Sugar Water. Over 24 days of shooting by plane, boat, and scuba, this feature length project ties human activity and development directly to the rapid decline of the Florida Everglades.

Since August 2020, Rick, his wife, and daughter have been living on an undisclosed cattle ranch developing new film projects, entertaining friends, cooking, and playing music.

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