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About the Film

Renowned photographer James Balog (CHASING ICE) uses his camera to reveal how environmental change is affecting the lives of everyday Americans. Following the four classical elements— air, earth, fire and water— to frame his journey, Balog explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, coal mining, and the changes in the air we breathe. With compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT tells an urgent story while giving inspiration for a more balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

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october 2018

22oct7:30 pmHalf Earth Day, Los AngelesThe Landmark, Westside Pavilion, 10850 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

24oct6:00 pmChesapeake Bay Foundation Presents THE HUMAN ELEMENTSandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

30oct6:30 pmThe ColliderThe Collider, 1 Haywood St Asheville, NC 28801

31oct9:00 amSCAD Savannah Film FestivalThe Trustees Theater, 216 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401

november 2018

02nov11:30 amSCAD Savannah Film FestivalLucas Theater for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA 31401

Meet the Team

Matthew Testa

Matthew Testa


Director Matthew Testa has been working in documentary film and television for two decades, often focusing on the environment, social justice issues and the interplay between people and nature.

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Olivia Ahnemann

Olivia Ahnemann


Olivia Ahnemann has been producing and directing documentary films for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she produced Under the Gun with director Stephanie Soechtig, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by EPIX/Lionsgate.

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James Balog

James Balog

Writer / Film Subject

For 35 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems.

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Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright


After graduating from Colorado College with degrees in film and anthropology, Daniel began working at the Oceanic Preservation Society, the filmmakers behind the Academy Award-winning documentary THE COVE, on their highly anticipated second film, RACING EXTINCTION.

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Lyman Smith

Lyman Smith


Lyman’s work has appeared in festivals across the globe from Sundance to Tribeca to Telluride as well as Cannes, Paris, and Frankfurt.

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