‘Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy’
Lily Tomlin, Cher, Billy Bob Thornton, Tippi Hedren, Ed Begley, Jr., George Chakiris, Ken Davitian and Stella Stevens were among celebrities who turned out for the premiere of Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood on January 20. The documentary, which chronicles the history of elephants in captivity, was shown as part of the screening series “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World.”
Through graphic archival footage and on-camera interviews with zoo workers and other experts, the hard-hitting film exposes the physical and emotional agony elephants experience in captivity.
“There are films that can change the world, and this is one of them,” said actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. “How can people not see that plants and other species are part of the web of life that supports all life? It will be our own undoing if we don’t stop this.”
The film was directed by Jacek Kropinski and executive produced by Melya Kaplan, founder of the Voice for the Animals Foundation. Kaplan participated in a panel discussion, urging members of the show-biz audience to use their influence to get the word out about elephants.
Actress Kat Kramer, daughter of the late producer/director Stanley Kramer, founded her screening series to highlight films that raise awareness about important social issues.
“I was honored that so many people turned out,” she said. “It was a difficult film to watch, but so important. I really think it will have impact, as more people see it.”