San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Screening and Conversation with local filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Elemental Director/Producer/Co-Composer
Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once-pristine Ganges River, now polluted and dying. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands. And in Australia, inventor Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.
Emmanuel served as the director, producer, musician and composer of Elemental. In 2005 he founded the Global Oneness Project, a webby award winning media platform and production-company. He has directed and produced numerous award winning short films–A Thousand Suns (2009), What Would it Look Like (2009), A Game for Life (2008), Barrio de Paz (2007), Seva Café (2007) that have been widely distributed online and aired on PBS, LINK TV, and ABC Australia among others. Prior to his work in film Emmanuel performed and recorded as a sideman with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two records under his own name, Previous Misconceptions (2002) and Borrowed Time (2005).