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Timely and Important Film, "Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire", shows at SJI Grange on May 10

Updated: May 7

Ignite your curiosity and reimagine wildfire resilience in Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire, a captivating documentary screening at Friday Harbor Film Festival’s FREE Best of the Fest series at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, May 10 at 7 pm. A live stream Q&A about the film with Executive Producer Ralph Bloemers will follow the screening. Details are available at This event is FREE and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are needed.

A scene from "Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire"

Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire 

Can homes, communities, healthy forests, and fire coexist? In the wake of destructive fires across the nation, Elemental looks at discovering how we can all reimagine our relationship with wildfire and keep our homes and communities safe.


Filmed across the West the documentary 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. In the wake of destructive fires nationwide, the film focuses on how we can all reimagine our relationship with wildfire and keep our homes and communities safe.  The solutions are now timelier and more urgent than ever. 


We learn how Native Americans employ fire, benefitting nature and increasing community safety, as they have for thousands of years. We follow researchers studying the effects of climate on forests and the role forests play in storing vast amounts of carbon. We listen to survivors of deadly fires, underscoring the importance of this quest.


As wildfires continue to increase in frequency and intensity, a growing number of scientists, safety experts, and firefighters are advocating for a new approach to living with fire. Their work is more critical than ever, as the human toll of wildfires continues to rise, and our current combative stance against fire is proving ineffective. The decisions our leaders make today about how we prepare for future fires will have far-reaching and potentially dire consequences, making it imperative that we find a way to coexist with fire and thrive in its presence.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the critical role of wildfire in our ecosystems and how we can adapt to live safely with it. Join us at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, May 10 at 7 pm for the FREE screening of Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire, followed by a live stream Q&A with Executive Producer Ralph Bloemers.



Each month through September Best of the Fest will offer award-winning documentaries along with livestream Q&As.  Programs will begin at 7 pm.  Some are in collaboration with the San Juan Island Library; others are at the San Juan Island Grange.  Since they’re on Fridays, they are a great “date night” activity. 


Here’s the schedule:

Elemental – May 10 at the Grange

Mama Bears – June 14 at the Library

Patrick and the Whale – July 12 at the Library

Covenant of the Salmon People and Our Sacred Obligation – August 9 at the Library

Common Ground – September 13 at the Grange


Mark your calendar and plan to view the exceptional Best of the Fest documentaries!


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