BY AUSTIN BURBRIDGE. LOS ANGELES (CINEMA MINIMA) — Movie star and animal-rights activist Tippi Hedren will introduce THE LAST ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND when it screens at the LA Femme Film Festival 2010 October 16 Saturday 6 PM in Hollywood. The movie documents the abuse of elephants in Thailand and elsewhere, while it tells the story of the first elephant hospital in Thailand.
In 1900 that Asian country boasted a hundred thousand elephants; in 2010, less than five thousand remain. THE LAST ELEPHANTS OF THAILAND retails the controversy about the fate of those few remaining Thai elephants. Some want to exploit them — making the great creatures perform tricks, parade in the streets, paint pictures, etc. Others want to protect the pachyderms from abuse and exploitation.
Michelle Mizner — a California filmmaker — directed the movie with Don Tayloe, an American physician. It has been shown at the San Antonio Film Festival, the Bangkok IndieFest, and the Venice Green Screen Film Festival; it will compete at the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University.
The LA Femme Film Festival runs 2010 October 14 – 17 in Hollywood. Tickets for the festival can be purchased online or at the box office.