Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

The Mono Lake Story told like never before–in high-definition, digital film

Mono Lake Committee founder David Gaines toured tirelessly around California with carousel of slides and a call to help a dying lake–talking to anyone who would listen. The Mono Lake Committee has continued this tradition by showing The Mono Lake Story slideshow at our headquarters in Lee Vining every year to thousands of visitors and Mono Lake enthusiasts. This old tradition will now continue in a new media format.

We are excited to announce that we are creating a 20-minute film to keep up with new technologies, to update the 10-year-old version of the slideshow we’re currently showing, and to add an entirely new dimension to the Mono Lake Story. Filming began in winter of this year, and we hope to have the final product by December. We’ve had a sneak preview of the high definition video the film crew has been shooting around the basin, and we can’t wait to pull it all together for you.

A still from the Mono Lake Story promotional short courtesy of Bristlecone Media.
A still from the Mono Lake Story promotional short courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

You’ll have to wait to see the full debut of the cast of characters … birds, brine shrimp, tufa towers, streams, and the people who have worked on behalf of this unique landscape over the Committee’s 32-year history. But you can now see the promotional trailer, and help us bring this project to fruition by donating to the Mono Lake Film fund.

Please, share it with friends and family–this project is a crucial way to get this amazing story of grassroots effort, hope, and balancing water needs between people and the environment out to visitors, students, the water leaders of tomorrow, and, well, to anyone who will listen.

Special thanks to Bristlecone Media for their artistic skills and their dedication to telling the Mono Lake Story.