Let’s Talk About Water (LTAW) started with a simple idea: to engender change and awareness around the various local, regional, and global water issues we all face through events and conversations that revolve around public screenings of films.

The first LTAW event was hosted in the fall of 2009 at the University of California at Irvine by Professor Jay Famiglietti (GIWS), film historian Linda Lilienfeld (LTAW) and colleagues from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences Inc. (CUAHSI) and featured the award-winning blockbuster Chinatown and documentary film Flow. Since then, LTAW film events have taken place around the world on an annual basis. 

In 2019, LTAW created a partnership with GIWS dedicated to the communication of water and climate science through an annual film festival, podcast, film prize competition, and community and youth engagement. 

Today, the overall goal of LTAW is to be a communication hub for water and environmental science that revolves around a yearly film festival by combining the power of film with the science of water to inform, engage, and inspire discussions about water issues and solutions.