LOVE & BANANAS: AN ELEPHANT STORY
First show: May 25
Lek Chailert (the subject of the film and founder of the Elephant Nature Preserve), Thailand’s Elephant Haven Sanctuary owner Sandee Chaiyapong, director Ashley Bell, writer John Michael McCarthy, executive producer David Casselman and cinematographer Roddy Tabatabai IN PERSON for Q&A after the 4:45pm show on Saturday, May 26!
Love & Bananas is a heartwarming and hopeful film that exposes the plight of Asian elephants and the people who work tirelessly to save them.
Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life-threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.
African elephants are slaughtered for their ivory, but sadly the plight of the Asian Elephant has been completely overlooked even though they are the elephant we are most familiar with in zoos, circuses and elephant rides. L&B exposes the cruel secret that every Asian elephant has had to endure to become a service animal; a process known as Pajan, aka The Crush Box. LOVE & BANANAS aims to ignite a new way of thinking about this species and shows what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants.
Written and directed by Ashley Bell .2018. 77 mins. DCP.
About the makers
Ashley Bell: Writer/Director/Producer
Actress and filmmaker Ashley Bell directed, wrote and produced the feature documentary “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.” As an actress she’s been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award andhas appeared in critically acclaimed films and on Broadway. Bell recently published, “Shoot it, Suffer,Sell it, Show it: How I made an Independent film with grit and Google.”
John Michael McCarthy: Producer/Writer/
John McCarthy is the co-founder of Change For Balance, a production company and creative agency which for over 10 years has been using the power of story telling to make the world a better place. John is a producer, writer, cinematographer, and editor on LOVE & BANANAS: AN ELEPHANT STORY.
Roddy Tabatabai: Executive Producer/Director of Photography
Roddy Tabatabai is the co-f ounder of Change For Balance, a production company and creative agency which for over 10 years has been using the power of story telling to make the world a better place. Roddy is an executive producer and the director of photography on LOVE & BANANAS: AN ELEPHANT STORY.
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