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.  Introduction by James Balog

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

7:35 – 8:00 p.m. Question and answer session with National Geographic James Balog, moderated by UC Davis 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 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. National Geographic photographer James Balog will introduce the film and answer questions together with moderator Geoff Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. For almost 40 years, photographer James Balog has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of nature. James has become a global spokesperson on the subject of climate change and human impact on the environment. 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.