What Do We Do After Water?

An audio interview with Merri Lisa Trigilio, director of Written On Water.

Merri Lisa Trigilio has an art degree in photography and film, and a doctorate degree in Geosciences. After fifteen years working as a geophysicist and later as a researcher in carbon sequestration, Merri Lisa found her way back to documentary storytelling. In 2012, she was a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC where she wrote and produced documentaries. Prior to her work at the Smithsonian, she completed films that focus on topics that range from AIDS awareness in South Africa to a shuffleboard champion in a small rural Texas town. Written on Water is her feature directorial debut.


This is an interview piece for my film, Written On Water, a documentary about the harsh reality of groundwater decline in the High Plains. Recorded in anticipation of the 24th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, I’m proud to announce that Written on Water will be screening twice next month:


National Museum of Women in the Arts, March 20 4:00 pm:

*Discussion with director Merri Lisa Trigilio and producer Kaitlin Whitman follows screening. Reception to follow.

* FREE. Reservations required. Reserve here.

Anacostia Community Museum, March 25 6:30 pm:

* FREE. No reservations required.


I hope you will listen to what motivated me to pursue this project, and feel compelled to attend one of the screening dates above.



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