Prescott Film Festival’s ‘Elemental’ Suggests a New Approach to Wildfires

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The Prescott Film Festival presents Elemental: Reimagining Our Relationship with Wildfire on Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m. at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

Here in the West, the fire season is getting longer, busier and more intense every year. Persistent drought and climate change have us all staring at the horizon for the slightest wisp of smoke. But a new documentary hints at a brighter future with fire, combining an old perspective with a new approach.

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Elemental El Dorado Fire (Credit Ryan Walsh, Balance Media)

“[Elemental is a] visually stunning film that features some of the best wildfire thinking. If you live in fire country, this movie could help you protect your family,” said Sen. Jeff Golden, Ashland, Oregon.

Elemental is essential viewing for anyone living on or near woodlands. Drawing on more than 20 years of forestry studies and four years of filming in the heart of the West’s most devastating wildfires, Elemental takes viewers through the harrowing corridors of fire in Paradise, California, and then to at the Oregon Forest Lookout Towers. The film follows fire lines, mud drops, Native American ceremonies, and cutting-edge structural labs in search of the most effective wildfire solutions.

What Elemental offers is a fresh approach that supports the work of modern firefighters, while advocating new construction designs and technologies, and embracing an ancient perspective – older than the nation itself – that embraces fire, as a natural agent of our ecosystem, and seeks to direct it rather than extinguish it.

“Elemental beautifully presents the complexity of the challenges we face and crystallizes our choices for the future – the film is a must-watch for all Americans living in fire-prone landscapes.”
Jim Furnish, former Deputy Chief of the United States Forest Service

Elemental: Reimagining our relationship with wildfires, will be screened on Friday afternoon, September 30 at 4 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on the YC Prescott campus. Tickets for this film are $14 general admission, with a 50% discount for students.

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Oregon Elemental Fires (credit Timothy Wildgoose, Balance Media)

Elementary is one of more than 25 films screened at the Prescott Film Festival, September 27-October 2, at YC’s Prescott campus. The PFF offers a variety of ticket packages – from a Platinum Pass at $282, with reserve seats for the movies and access to the VIP Director’s Loft – to an All-Film Pass ($177) and a Ten- Ticket Discount Pass at $100. Tickets are available online or at the YCPAC box office, open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Film trailers and a full festival schedule are also available on the Prescott Film Festival website, For more information about the Prescott Film Festival, please call: (928) 776.2000, or visit us online at:

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