ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH WILDFIRE
Bay Area Premiere
ACTIVE CINEMA | DOCS
US 2022, 79 min, Director: Trip Jennings
Narrated by award-winning actor David Oyelowo, Elemental is equal parts frightening in its imagery and compelling in its thesis. As conceived by director Trip Jennings, this engrossing documentary about the devastating impact of wildfires, and the science deployed to combat them, offers viewers a new perspective on the raging infernos that have become far too common threats to forests, homes, and entire communities. Packed with new and archival footage of the devastation wrought by fire run amok (notably, the 2018 Paradise, CA, Camp Fire), the film juxtaposes those stark and sobering images with interviews from an array of scientists, academics, and other experts who propose a potentially counterintuitive approach to bringing these blazes to heel. Most importantly, while Elemental illustrates the seriousness of the problem, it also underscores how — with forethought and care — we might achieve real solutions. —Zaki Hasan
Guest expected: director Trip Jennings
The Oct 15 screening will be followed by a filmmaker Talk Back at the Outdoor Art Club at 4pm. Join us to continue the conversation!