Private Project

Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay

A 60-minute documentary about San Francisco’s fabled water supply, the Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park. The film traces the early history and controversy to bring pristine drinking water to 2.7 million Bay Area residents, and the continuing challenges now facing the region with climate change.

  • Jim Yager
    Director
    The People's Palace: San Francisco City Hall 100 Years
  • Jim Yager
    Writer
  • Peter L. Stein
    Writer
  • Jim Yager
    Producer
  • Peter L. Stein
    Producer
  • Marilyn Pittman
    Key Cast
    “Narrator”
  • Gary Kamiya
    Key Cast
    “Author/Journalis”
  • Gray Brechin
    Key Cast
    “Author/Historical Geographer”
  • Robert Cherny
    Key Cast
    “Historian”
  • Sarah Elkind
    Key Cast
    “Environmental Historian”
  • Peter Gleick
    Key Cast
    “Pacific Institute”
  • Peter Drekmeier
    Key Cast
    “Tuolumne River Trust”
  • Sejal Choksi-Chugh
    Key Cast
    “San Francisco Bay Keeper”
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jim Yager

Jim Yager (Producer/Director) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning independent producer with over twenty five of experience in broadcast production and marketing. His production company
has produced work for clients including, KQED/San Francisco, KCET/ Los Angeles, HGTV, National Geographic, University of California, Kaiser Permanente, & Union Bank of
California. His documentary work has been recognized with two Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award
for his contributions to the Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco series. With Eyes Open, a series of discussion programs on death and dying in America, introduced by Bill
Moyers, was also recognized with a national Emmy Award nomination. Prior to starting his own company, Yager was the Creative Director at KQED TV/San Francisco,
the nation’s most-watched public television station. In that position he produced, wrote, and art directed for both locally and nationally televised productions, broadcast promotions, marketing, image, and membership campaigns. In a remarkable, 18-year partnership with Union Bank of California, Yager produced and directed over 500 short subject for the Local Heroes project, a series broadcast on California PTV stations revealing the important and often unrecognized community-based work being done by individuals in local communities throughout the state.

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