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      September 25, 2019

      Wednesday   6:30 PM

      117 Freeman Auditorium , The Pennsylvania State University
      University Park, Pennsylvania

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      Conservation Documentary Screening of Elephant Path/Njaia Njoku

      ANNOUNCING COMMUNITY SCREENING OF ELEPHANT PATH / NJAIA NJOKU AT PENN STATE(State College, PA – August 8, 2019) – Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku directed by Todd McGrain will have a community screening at Penn State, on September 25, 2019. The screening is co-sponsored by the Penn State University EcoAction Club and the Sierra Club Moshannon Group.Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku film is an indelible tale of friendship and commitment set against the luminous beauty of the Central African Rainforest. Together, elephant behavioral biologist, Andrea Turkalo, and indigenous tracker, Sessely Bernard, will be tested by the realities of war and the limits of hope for the majestic animals they have committed their lives to study and protect.In the Dzanga Bai—village of elephants—is a clearing in the rainforest in a remote corner of the Central African Republic (CAR). African Grey parrots swoop and rare Forest Elephants congregate here to bathe in the mud and drink the mineral-rich water. According to Andrea Turkalo, an American field biologist who has studied the Forest Elephants for twenty-three years, “Dzanga Bai is one of the wonders of the natural world.” But the lush canopy in the Dzanga National Park is not enough to keep the elephants’ safe. The film reveals the constant threat of political unrest, poverty, and greed fuel a poaching pandemic that threatens their very existence. With unprecedented footage, Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku intimately captures the beauty and behavior of this rare and elusive species of elephant.What the critics are saying:“Riveting! Touching, important, opened my eyes”- Maureen Langan, KGO Radio"A journey into the wonders, sadness, hope and resiliency of the African Forest Elephants and the people passionate about studying and preserving them"- Kristy O’Brien,“A sincere and loving portrait of the forest elephant and those who are struggling to protect them. It is a deep heart line in a hand trying desperately to hold onto hope for the survival of these amazing creatures and our humanity.” - Bill McQuay, ecolocationsound.comDirector Todd McGrain says: “I first heard the calls of forest elephants in a small windowless recording studio in the offices of the Elephant Listening Project at Cornell University. Sitting beside me was renowned elephant behavioral biologist Andrea Turkalo.The room was filled with the night sounds of the Central African Rainforest. Across a thick fog of insects and frogs floated to plaintive calls of Forest Elephants. There were roars and trumpets, long pulsing rumbles, and screeches (which I later learned belonged to infants calling for their mothers). Andrea had recently arrived in Ithaca to help her collaborators decode these calls. Andrea’s descriptions of the rainforest, the indigenous people she has worked alongside, and the peril the elephants were facing set a path for me that I would follow for the next 4 years. I am honored to have been invited into this world.”Screening Details:Date: September 25, 2019Time: 6:30PMCo-sponsoring organizations: Sierra Club Moshannon Group, Penn State University EcoAction ClubLocation: HUB 117 Freeman Auditorium, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802 Admission: Free student and community screening, no ticket requiredDirector Todd McGrain and film subject Andrea Turkalo will be in attendance for the Q&A, directly following the screeningFOR MORE INFORMATION:Connect with Elephant Path Film at:Website: Director Todd McGrain:Todd McGrain turned his attention to documentary film after a 25-year career as a sculptor. His accomplishments as a sculptor include the prestigious Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation. His sculptures are part of several major museum collections in the United States and abroad.In 2010, McGrain’s work to create permanent public memorials to birds driven to extinction in modern times became the subject of a documentary film, The Lost Bird Project, produced by Middlemarch Films. This rewarding experience led McGrain to his current focus on the plight of the Forest Elephants of Central Africa. Though Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku is McGrain’s first feature length documentary, his understanding of the value of storytelling to raise awareness of our current extinction crisis has been formed over decades of dedication and commitment. FAQs Hub Parking Deck  What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?  Hub Parking Deck     FAQs   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Text: 814-470-1649  

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