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A Gallery of Images from the Filming and Production of Elemental

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    Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. –T.S. Eliot

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    This movement isn't just about my people, my son, my daughter and their futures; it is about the future of the human species and all species on the planet. –Eriel Deranger

    Eriel Deranger during an interview in Fort Chipewyan.

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    The flow of the Ganges allowed my country to build a great civilization on its banks. The Ganges is dying, but if we revitalize its flow we can revitalize India. –Rajendra Singh

    Rajendra Singh praying by the Ganges River up north, where the water is still clean.

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    For me life is about possibility. Anytime somebody tells me, you can't do something, that means nothing. That just means a failure of imagination. –Jay Harman

    Jay Harman walking in Kauai.

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    Water shows us, with the way it moves, the shape of beauty. –Jay Harman

    Jay Harman snorkeling in Australia.

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    This is nature's blueprint. This is what nature uses to make things work, and to minimize energies. –Jay Harman

    Jay Harman examining a spiraling shell in Australia.

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    A man preparing for a morning Aarti ceremony.

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    Rajendra Singh participating in a Hindu ritual called Aarti.

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    The Ganges is India's unity and integrity. Like the thread of a garland that ties all of India together. If that breaks, then the garland breaks. –Rajendra Singh

    A garland drifting on the Ganges River during a morning Aarti ceremony.

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    The Ganges is our life, our livelihood, our pride, our faith, our devotion, our honor, our respect. She is everything. If someone poisons my mother, would I let them do that? –Rajendra Singh

    Rajendra Singh looking out onto the polluted Ganges River.

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    Rajendra Singh preparing to dip in the Ganges River.

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    This world will be the way it's meant to be. If there's no evil, there's no good. There has to be both saints and sinners. –Mata Bhakti Priyananda

    Rajendra Singh meeting Mata Bhakti Priyananda, a hermit living near the village of Gangtori.

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    Rajendra Singh near the source of the Ganges River, determined to do something about its dire state.

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    We take for granted what water is, treating it as dispensable. But if we really look at it, a substance that is in every part of creation, it is both mysterious and awe inspiring. –Eriel Deranger

    Eriel Deranger during the Healing Walk by the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada.

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    If you do something to Mother Earth, it comes back to us because we are that connected to the land. –Eriel Deranger

    Eriel Deranger with fellow participants during the Healing Walk by the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada.

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    For indigenous peoples there is a total interconnectedness to the land, and land is given by water. When you take that away, what to you have left? –Eriel Deranger

    Young and old participating in the Healing Walk by the Alberta Tar Sands in Canada.

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    Shooting some last B-roll footage before the film crew started its descent back to the village of Gangotri.

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    Shooting time-lapse photography at 11,204 ft high in the mountains of Gangotri, India.

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    Gomukh, the Gangotri Glacier and source of the Ganges River at 13,200 ft. high.

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    Shooting time-lapse photography of traffic in the countryside of Aligarh, India.

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    Rajendra Singh walking along Shivganga Lake, Devghar, India.

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    Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee posing for a photo with locals in Soron, India.

  23. Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

    Co-Director, Co-Producer and Co-Composer

    Emmanuel is a director, producer, musician and composer. 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).

  24. Gayatri Roshan

    Co-Director and Co-Producer

    Gayatri started her career in London where she produced over 50 television and radio commercial campaigns for Sony BMG, Universal Music, Virgin Music and numerous top bands, including Outkast and Pink. In 2005 she cofounded the Species Alliance, with whom she wrote and produced a documentary, Call of Life. In 2008/9 she wrote and produced A Thousand Suns (PBS) and Peace Wanted Alive (Link TV). In 2010, she completed work as producer and executive producer of Harmony, a feature length documentary inspired by and in collaboration with the Prince of Wales that aired for NBC’s 2010 Green Week.

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    Three stories, three continents, one committment to change.

ELEMENTAL

Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature, confronting the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, a former Indian government official, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river. Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. In northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur 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. Harmon finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming.

Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view - part mirage, part miracle.

Co-Directed Produced Co-Composed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Co-Directed and Produced by Gayatri Roshan

“A rare, fresh look at environmental issues and sustainability…
Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee ties these threads together masterfully.”

-John Fink, The Film Stage

Showing in NYC at The Cinema Village on May 17th - 23rd
Showing in San Francisco at Landmark Opera on May 24th - 30th
Showing in Washington, DC at West End Cinema on May 31st - June 6th
Showing in San Rafael, CA at Rafael Film Center on May 31st - June 6th
Available on iTunes May 28th
Community Screening Kits Available May 28th
Running Time: 93 minutes

Click here to visit the Elemental website.

Click here to read an interview with Emmanual Vaughan-Lee, the Co-Director, Producer and Co-Composer of Elemental.

Comments (1)
  • Excellent Film.  Also, very sad.  Makes me feel ashamed of all people who desecrate nature and its beauty.

    — Richard Resnick, MD on May 22, 2013

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