Tuesday 13 June 2023

Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire (Trip Jennings, 2022)

Narrated by iconic, award-winning actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale), and featuring interviews with Dr. Beverly Law, Professor Emeritus, Global Change Biology, Oregon State University; Margo Robbins, Yurok, Cultural Advisor; and Dr. Jack Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, US Forest Service (Ret.), Scientific Advisor, among others, Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire takes viewers on a journey with the top experts from across the nation to better understand wildfire. The film starts with the harrowing escape from Paradise, California, as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire's start, and then continues to recent record-shattering fires.

Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire includes the voices of the top forest and climate experts, indigenous prescribed firelighters, and fire survivors, and helps reimagine our relationship with fire as we prepare for an increasingly hotter, drier future. “California is severely affected by these fires. I did not realise how much can be done by hardening one’s home. I did not realise that embers are more dangerous than the fires”, said David Oyelowo. “It was a huge honour and a pleasure to do this documentary; it is not only informational, I think it is lifesaving. I hope it will inspire you to take some of the steps advised, and some of the steps that I am taking myself”.

In the wake of the slew of deadly fires in Oregon and half a dozen other US states, the film is an important look at discovering how we can all reimagine our relationship with wildfire, and prepare to live with this powerful force. Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire is for everyone who wants to better understand the challenges wildfire poses and the solutions to keep our homes and communities safe. The film challenges conventional wisdom and superficial talking points, while providing a revealing historical view of how we got to where we are today. The film takes viewers into the field with indigenous fire managers and top fire and climate scientists to explore how wildfire, healthy forests and communities can coexist.

The Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire filmmaking team is led by director, co-writer and editor Trip Jennings (Rewilding A Mountain, Pebble Redux, Chuitna: More than Salmon on the Line) and Dutch executive producer/co-writer Ralph Bloemers (Trout On the Wind, Decades: Born in Fire); the film has been accepted into festivals in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, and is being booked in cinemas worldwide. The release is in collaboration with firefighting organizations, community fire wise groups, non-profits, schools, universities and businesses, including California Fire Safe Council, the American Red Cross, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Oregon State University, and many more.

Source: Polymath PR

Images: Green Oregon / Ralph Bloemers