Narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo (Selma, Nightingale), the documentary Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire follows indigenous fire practitioners, research scientists, and fire survivors as they help redefine our relationship with fire.
Directed by Portland filmmaker Trip Jennings (Rewilding A Mountain, Postcards From Climate Change), Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire will be released in theaters nationwide beginning April 7, 2023.
Filmed in fire-impacted communities across the West 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 realize how much can be done by hardening one’s home. I did not realize that embers are more dangerous than the fires,” said David Oyelowo. “It was a huge honor 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.”
Watch the official trailer for Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire.