Press Release: July 30 ELEPHANT REFUGEES World Premiere at Sonoma Film Festival

PRESS RELEASE:
For Immediate Release: Contact: Melanie Nathan, for Dream Out Loud Films, Nathan@AfricanHRC.org

ELEPHANT REFUGEES WORLD PREMIERE AT SONOMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

A film by LOUISE HOGARTH
2020 / 81 Minutes / BOTSWANA / USA
Screening Format DCP NTFS/MAC

A crisis of elephantine proportions, playing out in the dry sandy Kalahari woodlands of eastern Botswana unfolds in Elephant Refugees, a feature length documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Louise Hogarth, as narrated by Game of Thrones’s Jerome Flynn (Serr Bronn of the Blackwater). This film follows the remarkable story of Ben and Marie Moller who retired to a remote northeastern corner of Botswana sixteen years ago to open a small bush-camp called Elephant Sands. Life changed forever for the Moller’s, when climate change intensified the frequent droughts, and hundreds of elephants arrived to drink water from their ancient pan.The film is slated for its World Premiere at the opening night of the  Sonoma International Film Festival, July, 30, 2020.

DOL FILMS

When Botswana banned elephant poaching in 2014, something incredible happened: the news of the safe haven spread among herds, prompting a mass elephant migration into Botswana from neighboring countries.

Now, with nearly sixty percent of the world’s elephants residing in Botswana, the ecosystem is buckling under the pressure of supporting them. Climate change and unprecedented drought have created a water crisis for the masses of elephant refugees.

Jerome Flynn, from Game of Thrones

After a long and tiring journey in search of safety, many elephants end up at the Moller family’s bush lodge, Elephant Sands, in desperate need of water. From the frontlines of the climate crisis, the Moller family struggles to provide water to as many as 500 elephants a day. When the elephants don’t get what they need, they often break into the lodge bathrooms, turning on the faucets with their trunks and drinking out of the sinks and toilets. The Moller’s dedication to aiding the elephants is strong. But with dwindling resources, they can only do so much.

An unflinching look at the elephant migration crisis in Botswana, ELEPHANT REFUGEES documents the tragic and complex realities of unintended consequences.

UPDATE: In late 2019 the unimaginable happened in Botswana. The new government overturned the hunting ban and once again Botswana’s elephants are on the auction block.  In January 2020 Safari Club International auctioned, a14-Day Elephant Hunt, in Botswana.

Filmmaker Louise Hogarth with Moller family member

Sonoma International Film Festival:
When:
July 30, 2020
Special Deal: Sales have opened, as a package with another film, The Guardian Elephant Warriors Of Reteti.
🔴 Click here and then click on the picture of Elephant Refugees to purchase both films at once! https://watch.eventive.org/sonoma2020

Webpage: https://dolfilms.org

PHOTO CREDITS: Alastair Lyne, Pieter Ras, Kari Collins

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CREDITS

DREAM OUT LOUD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

A FILM BY LOUISE HOGARTH

 

PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY

LOUISE HOGARTH and LYNN WEBB

NARRATED BY JEROME FLYNN

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ALISTAIR LYNE

EDITED BY MARIO DEL BELLO

DIRECTED BY LOUISE HOGARTH

DIRECTED BY

LOUISE HOGARTH

PRODUCED AND WRITTEN BY

LOUISE HOGARTH & LYNN WEBB

 

EDITED BY

MARIO DEL BELLO
HUIKAI CU

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

ALISTAIR LYNE

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY

LAURA STEVENS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

LOUISE HOGARTH & LYNN WEBB

CO-PRODUCER

KARI COLLINS

ASSOCIATE PRODUCR

MARY CLARE GRIFFIN

SOUND MIXER

TIM PRINGLE

COLORIST

CRAIG PARKER

ANIMATION BY

3RD FLOOR ANIMATION STUDIO

 

ADDITIONAL EDITING

MARINA DU TOIT
MIKE MURPHY

ADDITIONAL CAMERA

MARTIN HARVEY
LOUISE HOGARTH

CONSULTING EDITOR

PAM SCOTT ARNOLD, ACE

VETERINARIAN

ERIK VERREYNNE

PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT

WENDY WERNER

ASSISTANTS TO DIRECTOR

TERRA ROSENBERG
NANCY XU
TOM EVAN

TRANSCRIPTION

TERRA ROSENBERG
MATTHEW BELL
NAYZAK S. NAJM
ELBE VAN HEERDEN
LESLEY RAHME

INTERNS

SHUBHAM GOEL
MARTIN CUARTERO
KEON NADERI

FEATURING

BEN MOLLER
MARIE MOLLER
MIKE TOTH
SASKIA TOTH
TANYA TOTH
LAZARUS SIWYANGWIE
MARK MOULD
RYNHARDT ERASMUS
CASIDY WEBB
ESETHU MADWANTSI
WILBERT HOEDEMAKERERS
LEON KILLIAN
NUNO SIQUEIRA

KICKSTARTER SOCIAL MEDIA
KIRSTEN ROGERS
HARRIET CROOME

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
MAURICE KANBAR

SPECIAL THANKS
CECILIA HOGARTH

SPECIAL SPECIAL THANKS FEATURING
KICKSTARTER DONORS

ACCOMMODATIONS PROVIDED BY
ELEPHANT SANDS

PRODUCTION OFFICES PROVIDED BY
KANBAR ENTERTAINMENT

DOL Films Moller Family and Elephants

https://dolfilms.org


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