Calming the Waters presents a plan for protecting and enhancing Texas' coastal environment — its rivers, bays, and wetlands — that supports habitat for birds, sea life and plant life, and correspondingly ensures a healthy place for its human inhabitants. The film takes its ideas and urgency from the career-long work of environmental lawyer and Rice Professor Jim Blackburn, and his recent book: "A Texan Plan For The Texas Coast".

Our purpose is to raise public awareness about the importance and fragility of Texas' coastal waters and to educate citizens about ways to save this endangered resource in a state frequently unfriendly to its environment.


Photo courtesy Houston Chronicle

For Calming the Waters, we recently interviewed Ann Hamilton about The Aransas Project vs. Shaw trial, 2011


 Ann said:

"Jim had the right questions and George (Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation) had the right answers. It was a fascinating trial. It was like reading a John Grisham novel... The trial was sort of a capstone for my love of whooping cranes and knowing that there were so many people who cared about those birds."

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Documentary Alliance, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to eliminating the cultural amnesia that robs Americans of the valuable lessons of the past. We do this by using film, video and multimedia to fashion thoughtful and thought provoking programs about history, culture, and science.