Elephants, coral reefs, wolverines and more at Elements Film Festival

Elements is a new environmental film festival coming to TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St.) April 14 and 15. The festival includes 44 feature films and shorts, all focused on wildlife and nature, conservation and the environment, action sports and adventure. The festival also features panels and a student film competition.

Here are some highlights.

A Herd of Orphans—When poachers slaughter adult elephants, their calves are by their side and witness the traumatizing events. Unable to survive without the care of a herd, they are left to die in the wild. A Herd of Orphans looks into the lives of those who survive, and the struggles they face as they grow up. (Canadian premiere)

Chasing Coral—Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Featured scientist Dr. Ruth Gates, an internationally recognized coral researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology, will attend the screening. (April 15 at 8:30 p.m.)

Wolverine: Ghost of the Northern Forest—Filmmaker Andrew Manske spent five years tracking and filming the elusive wolverine. Living in remote areas of the boreal forest, the beast—part of the weasel family—is rarely ever seen. Manske sought out advice from experts, including biologist Dr. Mark Boyce. “Wolverines live in the most remote places that you can find on the planet,” Boyce says. “In the heart of the Rocky Mountains in some of the most rugged terrain imaginable, wolverines seem to be able to move through that country and make a living at it.”

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest—Hidden in BC’s interior is the largest inland temperate rainforest on earth. Home to numerous First Nations communities and a critical habitat for the endangered mountain caribou, the Caribou Rainforest is an ecosystem that has reached its tipping point. Last Stand is part of a programme of BC-centric shorts that includes films about the Nisga’a and Stewart Cassiar highways, salmon, and First Nations connections.

Elements Environmental Film Festival

When: April 14 and 15
Where: TELUS World of Science (1455 Quebec St.) April 14 and 15
Tickets and full program: elementsfilmfest.org

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