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Bio


Filmmakers

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Bio


Filmmakers

Since 2010, Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark have documented the plight of the endangered Asian elephant in Thailand. When Elephants Were Young is the result of their five-year quest to explore new strategies for the future of human-elephant relations and the survival of all elephants.


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Patricia Sims - producer, director, writer

As filmmaker and writer, Patricia has a passion for large-brained megafauna - from dolphins, to primates, to elephants. Her quest to portray the interrelationships between humans and animals has led her around the globe in pursuit of the issues that threaten these relationships. She has directed and produced numerous award-winning films for international broadcasters, sponsors, and organizations. Her films explore the conservation challenges faced by modern and traditional societies, telling stories that expose the complexity and paradox of our relationships with animals, nature, and each other.

 

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Michael Zo Clark - cinematographer, editor

As technology activist, cinematographer, and editor, Michael has employed his many talents to portray the interconnectivity of life on this planet. He has won many international awards for his work and his credits range from documentaries to episodic television, commercial and feature film productions. Michael's mission is to use digital and traditional media to inspire awareness, awe, and action for a mirthful, sustainable future.

 

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RETURN TO THE FOREST

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RETURN TO THE FOREST

During the course of filming, Patricia Sims and Michael Clark were introduced to the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, a unique Thai non-profit organization and Royal initiative of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The Elephant Reintroduction Foundation commissioned them to make the short documentary Return to the Forest, about the organization's mission to release and re-adapt elephants to their natural forest habitat.

Working with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, Patricia and Michael developed the concept for World Elephant Day. It was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012. Since that time, Patricia continues to lead and manage World Elephant Day, which is now supported by over 100 wildlife organizations and countless individuals in countries around the globe.

Narrated by William Shatner, Return to the Forest is the heartfelt story of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and its mission to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild, saving them from abuse, exploitation, and extinction.

Return to the Forest was released worldwide on the inaugural World Elephant Day.

A 30-minute documentary by Patricia Sims and Michael Clark