Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award

“Easy Like Water” was awarded the first Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award for a Work-in-Progress in a ceremony at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Awards also went to the documentaries “The Island President” and “Solar Mamas.” The winning films “showcase the connections between sustainability, economic growth, and community development,” according to Hilton Worldwide. The award winners were selected out of 1,500 feature-length documentaries and more than 5,000 short films submitted to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. “Our partnership with Sundance Institute provides a platform for filmmakers to tell stories that can catalyze change and elevate dialogue around critical global issues,” said Christopher Corpuel, vice president of sustainability, Hilton Worldwide. “The LightStay Sustainability Award recognizes these compelling documentary projects for their ability to highlight the complexities around the challenges of living in a resource-constrained world and create inspired solutions.”


CINE Golden Eagle Award





“Easy Like Water” was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award in 2013 in the Independent Division – Documentary Feature category.  This award recognizes the excellence of productions, judged through CINE’s thorough and renowned jury process. For over fifty years, CINE has recognized many of our most celebrated filmmakers, producers, and television programs.

Launched with the mission of selecting American films for international film festivals, the founders of CINE chose its name, the Council on International Nontheatrical Events, to create the acronym CINE.  From its earliest days, CINE utilized (and still utilizes) a jury system to choose the best among the many films submitted, honoring them with the CINE Golden Eagle Award. While filmmakers no longer need a third party to get their films submitted to festivals around the world, CINE’s peer recognition of excellence that a prestigious CINE Golden Eagle confers still opens doors.  In an interview with CINE, Master filmmaker Ken Burns, recalled his winning the Golden Eagle for his first film, Brooklyn Bridge, in 1981, as like “being admitted to the club.”


Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia