Participant’s “Last Call at the Oasis” acquired by ATO Pictures

The U.S. rights for Academy Award-winner Jessica Yu's latest film, Last Call at the Oasis (pictured), have been acquired by ATO Pictures.
September 21, 2011

The U.S. rights for Academy Award-winner Jessica Yu’s latest film, Last Call at the Oasis (pictured), have been acquired by ATO Pictures.

The feature documentary premiered at TIFF earlier this month, and presents an argument for the global water crisis that is predicted to happen this century. It is developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food Inc., Waiting for “Superman”).

Last Call at the Oasis features interviews with activist Erin Brockovich and experts Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon. The deal was negotiated by ATO’s head of acquisitions Sarah Lash, with Josh Braun of Submarine, and Jeff Ivers, COO of Participant Media.

In a statement, ATO co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell said: “We could not be more proud to be working with Participant on this riveting, enthralling doc which we know will open people’s eyes to the severe calamity at hand. Audiences are in for an eye-opening experience and Jessica has done a brilliant job illuminating this vital issue.”

Ricky Strauss, president of Participant Media, added: “We’re very excited to be teaming up with ATO Pictures to bring Jessica’s bracing and beautifully-made wake-up call about the urgency of the water crisis to U.S. movie audiences along with the kind of robust social action and advocacy campaign for which Participant is known.”

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.