Pistachio Wars: Killing California for a Snack Food

Got some exciting news!

For about three years (on top of writing Surveillance Valley) I've have been working in stealth on Pistachio Wars — a documentary about the corporate takeover of California's water and the billionaires who are behind it.

Now we're launching a Kickstarter campaign to finish post-production and bring it to the screen. Check it out:

The film is inspired by reporting my readers might remember from the glory days of the Not Safe For Work Corporation: “A Journey Through Oligarch Valley,” which chronicled my trip into the dark heart of California as I attempted to unearth a little-known group of powerful farmers that run the Golden State state like their own Banana Republic.

"Oligarch Valley" was one of my favorite things to report and write. With Pistachio Wars, we're bringing a big part of that story to life.

My colleague Rowan Wernham and I spent countless hours shooting all over California — from Beverly Hills mansions to the river estuary that feeds San Francisco Bay, from tiny towns crippled by drought to luxury convention venues filled with farm lobbyists eager to push for armed conflict in Iran. In the end, we tell a story of how corporate farmers have taken control of California's water, and have used that control to drain rivers, fuel real estate bubbles, and push for war in the Middle East.

It hasn’t been easy. But we finally got the footage in the can.

With our Kickstarter campaign, we hope to raise enough money to finish post-production and cover costs for editing, sound, music, graphics — and all the other basic elements we need to bring Pistachio Wars to the big screen.

So check out our campaign to watch the trailer and get more information about the doc

We can’t finish the film without your support.

Thank you!

—Yasha Levine

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