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Oil + Water Film Wins Best Picture and Youth Jury Award at Jules Verne

Documentary Oil + Water has won Best Picture and the Youth Jury Award at this year’s Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival in downtown Los Angeles.

As the exclusive distributor of the documentary film, Oil + Water, The Heliconia Press is very proud to announce that the film has won Best Picture and the Youth Jury Award at this year’s Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival. The win was announced in front of a star-studded audience of thousands at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles on December 9.

Oil + Water tells of the thrilling adventures of Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt, two friends and world-class kayakers who drove, petroleum-free, over 21,000 miles down the Pan-American Highway in a retro-fitted bio-diesel Japanese fire truck named “Baby”. The film captures their passion for sustainable living practices and the humor they maintained in the face of many challenges along the way.

“We are delighted by this tremendous honor,” says Seth Warren, President of the Biofuels Education Coalition and one of the two paddlers featured in the film. “We hope that the attention leads to more people learning about alternative energy and the environmental choices that we can all make.”

Founded in Paris in 1991 by filmmakers and explorers Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and Frédéric Dieudonné, the Jules Verne Adventures organization is a nonprofit with a mission to honor and preserve the natural bio-diversity of the planet. The Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival, which ran this year from December 5-15 and is now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, was conceived to inspire and enlighten the human spirit about the mysteries and wonders of the universe with unprecedented spectacle, style and passion.

To date, Oil + Water has already won the Daniel DeLaVergne Spirit Award at the Ashville Film Festival, Best Environmental Film at the Taos Mountain Film Festival, and a Jury Special Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Fest. Now an Official Selection at the 2008 Vancouver International Film Fest, the Wild and Scenic Film Fest, the Durango Film Fest, and the Carbondale Film Fest, Oil + Water is sure to continue delighting film festival audiences around the world.

To order a copy of Oil + Water, please visit The Heliconia Press website:–water-67.cfm

For more information about the Oil + Water Project, please visit: or contact public relations: Julia M Wieck ( or 1 303 284 5796).

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