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Team


TEAM

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Team


TEAM

Brent Lewin – associate producer, videographer, photographer

Brent Lewin is a documentary photographer who splits his time between Toronto and Bangkok. His photographs portraying Asian elephants in Thailand have been profiled in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. His elephant photos have received many awards and he was featured in PDN-30 magazine as one of the top thirty photographers to watch in 2010. Brent has worked with us since the early stages of the film's development, creating images that portray the modern human-elephant relationship in Thailand. Some of Brent's photos are featured in the "When Elephants Were Young" branding, including the film's poster design.

 

Tewan “Ten” Chatdamrong – unit production manager

Ten brings his savvy coordinating and translation skills to the team as the unit production manager and fixer. With several years of working with international production teams in Thailand under his belt, Ten has been involved with many types of projects – but always holds a special place in his heart for elephants. He is dedicated to helping find solutions that improve the conditions for both elephants and mahouts in Thailand.

 

Jesse Holth – production coordinator

Jesse brings a diverse background in writing and editing to the team, managing social media, communications, and marketing. Her in-depth research and fact-checking for our elephant story have been invaluable, and her skills extend to website design and management as well as digital asset management. Jesse is passionate about elephants, conservation, and social justice issues, and is the Campaign Coordinator for World Elephant Day, reaching millions of people each year through this global awareness campaign.

 

Kattika “Poy” Tanjad – producer’s assistant, translator

Poy has grown up around elephants in Surin province, where much of our story is filmed. Since our first trip to Surin, Poy has been an enthusiastic, passionate, and dedicated supporter and friend who has helped us with local logistics and insight into the Surin way of life for people, and their elephants. With degrees in English and Ecotourism, Poy is a talented columnist, teacher, and project manager who has worked with provincial government, international NGOs, and Thai celebrities on campaigns that educate people about the importance of care and conservation for Asian elephants in Thailand.

 

Manwe Darcy – camera

Manwe is a Canadian-born cameraman and sound recordist who lives in Thailand. His filmmaking skills range from news reporting to dramatic features. Manwe has a keen eye for detail that has enabled him to document extraordinary and memorable moments in the elephants’ lives during our filming.

 

Nattinee Ao Buapong – production coordinator (Thailand)

Based in Chiang Mai, Ao has worked on dozens of international film and television productions in Thailand as production coordinator, fixer, translator, and assistant production accountant. Her credits range from Hollywood productions such as Rambo (IV) and Scorpion King 3, to popular US television series such as House Hunters, to independent documentaries. Ao's impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail make her a valued and notable addition to our production team.

 
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Music


MUSIC

Music


MUSIC

The When Elephants Were Young original music score is composed by Bruce Fowler, with songs by Kate Bush/Placebo, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, cellist Jami Sieber, Chris Caddell and the Wreckage, and Geoff Callaghan and The Schopenhauer Incident.

Bruce Fowler – Composer

Bruce is a music composer and sound designer with decades of experience working in a broad range of genres (including orchestral, electronica, solo piano and rock) for film and television. He works closely with filmmakers to bring the thematic underlays of a project to life with compositions that reflect its vision, mood and message. He has composed music for numerous award-winning films and television series, including the theme for CBC's “The Fifth Estate”, John Kastner's “Life with Murder” (which won an International Emmy in 2011) and “Rage Against the Darkness” (which won Best Film at Hot Docs in 2004). His clients include CTV, CBC, Global, the NFB, PBS, TSN and the Discovery Channel, and documentary filmmakers such as Gordon Henderson, Andrew Gregg, Cynthia Banks, Karen Pinker, Charles Officer, Patricia Sims and Michael Clark.


Jami Sieber

Electric cellist Jami Sieber reaches inside the soul with compositions that are contemporary, lush, and powerfully evocative. Her life-long commitment to the environment and the healing arts is at the heart of her music. She has composed for film and has entered into dynamic collaborations with an extraordinary spectrum of dancers, poets, vocalists, and instrumentalists that span the globe. Since meeting and falling in love with the Asian Elephant in Thailand in 2001, she has been involved in the Asian Elephant Crisis conversation and has released a CD recording “Hidden Sky” which benefits elephant conservation.


Chris Caddell – Chris Caddell and the Wreckage

Chris is widely known as one of Canada's great guitarists, and currently plays guitar for Colin James and Sass Jordan. In recent years his own recording career has grown and with the '14 release of his album, Tough Lung, Chris is becoming recognized as one of Canada's great singer/songwriters. “My End”, the lead-off track from Tough Lung, is featured in When Elephants Were Young. Chris also plays slide guitar in some of the film score. His work on the film has inspired him to get involved with Acoustic for Elephants and donate two solo performances of his work to the compilation.


Geoff Callaghan – The Schopenhauer Incident

As the lead singer and cowriter for his band, The Schopenhauer Incident, Geoff follows up years of being a Toronto favorite with his performance and composition of the featured song “When You're Young” in When Elephants Were Young. Geoff also provided some guitar work and vocals in the film score. “When You're Young” will be included in the release of The Schopenhauer Incident's debut album, “Prolegomena to Modern Absurdity and the New Meloncholia”, expected in early '16. Learning about the plight of elephants while working on the film moved Geoff to donate two acoustic performances of his songs to the compilation Acoustic for Elephants.

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Acoustic


ACOUSTIC FOR ELEPHANTS

Acoustic


ACOUSTIC FOR ELEPHANTS

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Produced by William Thaine and released by the independent label Sevenfields, Acoustic for Elephants is a compilation of songs written and performed by notable Canadian artists in support of the annual World Elephant Day campaign, held every year on August 12 to bring the world together to help elephants. Acoustic for Elephants includes songs by Chris Caddell, and The Schopenhauer Incident (featuring Geoff Callaghan), which are featured in the When Elephants Were Young soundtrack.

One hundred percent of the gross record label proceeds from Acoustic for Elephants will be donated to World Elephant Day, the not-for-profit organization that co-founded, leads and manages the annual World Elephant Day campaign. Since its launch on August 12, 2012, World Elephant Day has reached millions of people globally about the plight of endangered elephants, and the solutions that can help ensure their survival.

Find out more about World Elephant Day

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Indiegogo


INDIEGOGO SUPPORTERS

Indiegogo


INDIEGOGO SUPPORTERS

Most grateful thanks to all of our Indiegogo supporters:

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