'Losing the West' documentary showing at Valley Art

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Philanthropist, humanitarian and film director Alex Warren will present the documentary "Losing the West" on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Harkins Valley Art Theater at Arizona State University, sponsored by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

This is part of a national college tour to reach Millennials, and raise awareness about the environment and inspire real-life solutions.

"Losing the West" is a documentary about the protection of open space, natural resources and agricultural lands as illustrated by the story of a Native American Colorado cowboy. The film provides an unbiased look at current environmental issues and resource scarcity by inviting all sides into a discussion and offering up practical solutions.

With sweeping shots of the Colorado Rockies, the film explores whether independent ranching and farming, with its fiercely independent lifestyle, can survive as they collide with inevitable population growth in the West and dwindling natural resources.

Warren, who was born in Denver and spent much of her life on a small ranch in southwest Colorado, wrote, directed and produced the documentary.

"'Losing The West' was born from a deep love for the American West," she said, "as I determined to investigate what could be done to ensure our future food supply, open spaces and natural resources for generations to come."