Elk River is a short film led by filmmaker Jenny Nichols that follows scientist Arthur Middleton, photojournalist Joe Riis and contemporary artist James Prosek as they interpret elk migrations through their individual mediums – data driven science, photography and original painting. As they travel deep into the heart of the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, they work with landowners, ranch managers, outfitters, guides, agency biologists, an unusual mule named Rosie, and many others to walk in the footsteps of this awe-inspiring animal. Elk River premiered at Mountainfilm in Telluride May 27-30, 2016.
The Crow called the Yellowstone River the “Elk River.” It seems they thought of the Yellowstone landscape as one defined at least as much by its extraordinary animal life, as by its geological wonders. We do, too. Today, elk are our guide in re-imagining Yellowstone as being inextricably connected to a wider world through its diverse animal migrations.
Our Elk River film project is supported by the Bole and Klingenstein Foundation, the Duncan Fund, and Mary Anne and Bill Dingus.
The full film is now online on National Geographic Short Film Showcase!