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Elemental Productions is a Los-Angeles based ethnographic documentary film company dedicated to the production of films focusing on the relationship between culture, psychology, and personal experience. Elemental Productions was founded in 2007 by anthropologist Robert Lemelson and evolved out of years of fieldwork and thousands of hours of footage gathered in Indonesia since 1997.
Robert Lemelson is a cultural anthropologist, ethnographic filmmaker and philanthropist. Lemelson received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. Lemelson’s area of specialty is transcultural psychiatry; Southeast Asian Studies, particularly Indonesia; and psychological and medical anthropology. He currently is a research anthropologist in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience UCLA, and an adjunct professor of Anthropology at UCLA. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals and books. Lemelson founded Elemental Productions in 2008, a documentary film company. He has directed and produced over a dozen ethnographic films related to culture, psychology and personal experience. He is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports research and training in the social and neurosciences.
Alessandra Pasquino has produced broadcast commercials, documentaries and special projects for over 10 years. She has collaborated with many filmmakers and artists including: Oliver Stone, Wayne Wang, Klaus Kinski, Gregory Colbert, Leonardo Di Caprio, Pietro Scalia and Matthew Rolston. She is currently a freelance documentary producer and independent filmmaker.
Wing Ko has collaborated with a who’s who of modern artists, musicians and filmmakers. He worked with Spike Jonze on several music videos and edited the pilot for MTV’s “Jackass.” Wing helped create more than 80 music videos for Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Public Enemy and other top bands of the time. For more than 15 years he has traveled around the world and crewed skateboard videos.
Adia White is a journalist specializing in video, print and radio. She has worked on documentary film projects from Indonesia to Hawaii as a videographer, researcher and editor. Her writing has been published in The Maui News, Crosscurrents Literary & Arts Magazine, Kia’i Nā Moku Newsletter, The Trail University newspaper and The Lamp Project arts blog. She produces radio stories for KUSP, Central Coast Radio.
Cross has been a professional composer for film, television and stage since 1996. He composed the score for “Oh Saigon” a feature-length documentary broadcast on the Sundance Channel. He scored the independent shorts “I Dream of Dog” and “Insomniac,” and wrote the theme and incidental music for the television series “America’s Prom Queen”.
- Winner, Honorable Mention for Documentary Short, International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality, Jakarta Indonesia
- 111th American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2012
- Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference Film Expo Conference, San Diego, CA, 2012
- 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Macau, China, 2013
- Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, Florida, 2013
- Russian Anthropological Film Festival, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2013
- Winner, Honorable Mention for Documentary Short, International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2013
- Frozen River Film Festival, Winona, MN, 2013
- International Festival of Ethological Film Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
- Ethnografilm, Paris, France, 2014
- Ethnocineca, Vienna, Austria, 2014
- Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Quebec (FIFEQ), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2014
- Rural Route Film Festival, New York, 2014
- USC Masters of Visual Anthropology Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, 2012
- US Embassy Screening, Washington, DC, 2012
- UCLA Linda Garro Class Screening, Los Angeles, CA 2013