The Human Element

Movie poster for the Human Element

Event Date

The Crystal Bay Club

The Human Element

A new and compelling documentary from the producers of RACING EXTINCTION, THE COVE and CHASING ICE

Date:     August 16, 2019

Tentative Schedule:    5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.  happy hour (including appetizers, beer, wine)

6:00 – 6:15 p.m.  Special Introduction by UC Davis TERC Director Geoff Schladow

6:15 – 7:33 p.m.  Film runs 1 hour 18 minutes.

7:35 – 8:00 p.m. Zoom question and answer session with Director Matthew Testa moderated by TERC director Geoffrey Schladow

Location: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time, human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life.

In this riveting and visually rich drama blending art and science, we follow renowned National Geographic photographer and filmmaker James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT highlights Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

Join UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Film Fest team for the National Geographic film THE HUMAN ELEMENT. Geoff Schladow will introduce the film and answer questions together with director Matthew Testa who has been working in documentary film and television for two decades, often focusing on the environment, social justice issues and the interplay between people and nature. Learn more at

Presented by Tahoe Film Fest and UC Davis TERC

Suggested Donation $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All proceeds from this event benefit the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Additional donations are welcome.