The DRAIN team is led by John Trefry, a filmmaker with a personal stake in the Great Lakes. John grew up in Alaska and spent much of his childhood in the Les Chenaux Islands of Northern Michigan where his family is from.
James is the creative director of 4WT Media, the production company behind DRAIN. As the producer for the film, he brings both a laser-focus on factual storytelling paired with deeply creative perspective.
DRAIN is a member of the Creative Visions Foundation’s Creative Activist Program. Creative Visions Foundation is a publicly supported 501©3, which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.
Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is, an alliance of American and Canadian organizations concerned about the dire economic and ecological impacts of the low water crisis on Lakes Michigan and Huron and on Georgian Bay. ROWI currently represents at least 15,000 shoreline owners and commercial interests across these water bodies.
Sierra Club Ontario is a grassroots volunteer-driven organization, and the provincial Chapter of Sierra Club Canada. Our most important work is accomplished by member-volunteers.
The Les Cheneaux Watershed Council is working to restore threatened water quality, create awareness of how to protect it, and put in motion plans to improve the nature-based livelihood of the Les Cheneaux community and its visitors.
The Lake Geneva Fresh Air Association provides educational and recreational programming that helps disadvantaged youth develop the life skills necessary to become self-reliant, productive members of their families, schools and communities.
The Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust is an award winning Great Lakes non-profit organization that has set national records for pollution prevention and implements innovative, science-based programs that achieve documented environmental, economic and educational results.
DRAIN is a grassroots movements to raise awareness for the importance of the Great Lakes and ensuring they remain viable for generations. Join us today to make sure you’re part of the conversation.
Every person that can share our mission will help spread this idea. If you don’t have time or money to spare, every Tweet or social action helps. Use the hashtag #DRAINFilm and be part of the movement.Help ensure the Great Lakes stay great! Check out #DRAINfilm – a Great Lakes Documentary
The immediate action DRAIN aims to achieve is installing compensation measures in the St. Clair River to offset manmade deepening that has permanently lowered the Upper Great Lakes. Sign the petition to for our government to finish a project authorized by Congress over 50 years ago but never completed!
Support from the community is essential for DRAIN’s success. This project has been made possible by the generous contributions of people who are passionate about preserving the Great Lakes. Make your donation today and be part of the movement!