Filmed across the West and narrated by Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor David Oyelowo, ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINE WILDFIRE takes viewers on a journey with the top experts in the nation to better understand fire. The film follows the harrowing escape from Paradise, California as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire’s start. It then continues to the even more recent fires of the last two years, when Oregon, California and Colorado suffered their worst wildfires in recorded history.

            ELEMENTAL: REIMAGINE WILDFIRE includes the voices of climate experts, Indigenous people and fire survivors, and asks us to reimagine our relationship with wildfire as we prepare for an increasingly hotter future.

In the wake destructive fires across the nation, ELEMENTAL is an important look at discovering how we can all reimagine our relationship with wildfire, and keep our homes and communities safe.  The solutions are now more timely and urgent than ever. Director: TripJennings (US 2022) 84 min.


MAYA KHOSLA (who is also in the film) is a biologist and writer focusing on forest biodiversity and fire-safe practices. She is the winner of the 2023 Fund for Wild Nature Award and co-winner of the Environmentalist of the Year Award from 2020 Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC). As Sonoma County Poet Laureate (2018-2020), she brought Sonoma’s communities together  through gatherings, field walks, and shared writing, to heal after the recent wildfires. Maya’s books include All the Fires of Wind and Light (Sixteen Rivers Press; 2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award), Keel Bone (Bear Star Press; Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), and Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek. Her writing has been featured in award-winning documentary films including Village of Dust, City of Water, about the water crises in rural India.


$13.25 General | $9.75 Seniors & Youth | $7.75 CAFILM members

This presentation is part of SCIENCE ON SCREEN®, a series pairing film screenings with lively scientific discussions – an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.