New York production company Picture Farm and Australian writer/director Kess Broekman-Dattner have partnered with Kenya-based research and conservation organization Save the Elephants to launch a new short film to inspire a deeper, more personal connection to wildlife preservation and its impact on humankind. Save the Elephants is a nonprofit whose mission is to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world; and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
The video, produced by global production and post production company Picture Farm, uncovers the heart of the beauty and grandeur of nature that Save the Elephants strives to maintain, painted against the backdrop of some of New York City’s most iconic locations. The juxtaposition of two Samburu warriors from the heart of the African bush in Northern Kenya in their native attire against the bustle and coldness of a concrete jungle, crafted by director Kess Broekman-Dattner, creates a peaceful portrait of natural beauty dropped into an urbanized, human-constructed environment.
A cinematic score by Ryan Teague provides a graceful and tranquil undertone to the impactful film. The film captures the two Samburu warriors, Benjamin Loloju (pictured right) from Save The Elephants and Letoiye Serenoy from Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu National Reserve on their first ever voyage outside of Kenya. Both warriors grew up in Samburu surrounded by elephants and now use their expertise and knowledge to protect them.
Director / Camera / Editor: Kess Broekman-Dattner
Production & Post: Picture Farm
Executive Producer: Ben Freedman
Photographer: Cleveland Jones
Post Supervisor: Leslie Yoon
Post Producer: Kari Ickert
Composer: Ryan Teague
Colorist: Roslyn Di Sisto, Nice Shoes
Assistant Editors: Regina Spurlock, Matt Egan, Jose Roman, DeAnita Redwood, Jennifer Roberts
Sound Mixer: Regina Spurlock, Kess Broekman-Dattner
GFX: Claudia Perez
Wildlife Photographer: Nina Constable