Gimme Delta! is the story of a Western landscape in flux, shaped by the confluence of various stakeholders. The film centers on the small town of Rio Vista, nestled in the Sacramento River Delta and skirting the periphery of the Bay Area. Faced with the collapse of its economy and the death of its core, the town has restructured its development model on the tenuous proposition that residential growth could be its salvation.
Town officials have welcomed the arrival of Trilogy, a master-planned active-adult retirement community built around a world-class golf course. While the influx of residents has been a boon for business, Rio Vista's resources have borne the burden and the very character of the town itself has been threatened.
Through interviews with the new wave of residents, as well as policymakers and urban planners, what emerges is a picture of a struggle for sustainable growth fought out on a exurban landscape that has sunk below river level, only protected by fragile centenarian levees. Can common ground be attained before the Delta is irrevocably changed forever?
Gimme Delta! premiered at the Western History Association Film Festival in Salt Lake City, October 22nd, 2008.
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