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One Lucky Elephant -- Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the human-animal bond through one man's love for his elephant.


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Lisa Leeman (written by) and
Cristina Colissimo (written by)
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8 June 2011 (USA) See more »
A ten thousand pound love story. See more »
Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows the poignant journey of circus producer David Balding... See more » | Add synopsis »
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David Balding ... Himself
Flora ... Herself

Directed by
Lisa Leeman 
Writing credits
Lisa Leeman (written by) and
Cristina Colissimo (written by)

Produced by
Cristina Colissimo .... producer
Miriam Cutler .... co-producer
Lizzie Friedman .... executive producer
Jordana Glick-Franzheim .... producer
Greg Little .... executive producer
Original Music by
Miriam Cutler 
Cinematography by
Sandra Chandler 
Cristina Colissimo 
Shana Hagan 
Film Editing by
Kate Amend 
Tchavdar Georgiev 
Production Management
Tchavdar Georgiev .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Noel Dannemiller .... sound recordist
Joe Milner .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Milner .... supervising sound editor
Chris Strollo .... production sound
Visual Effects by
Chris Kirk .... motion designer
Chris Kirk .... title design
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Brian Walters .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Michael X. Flores .... assistant editor
Liz Manashil .... post-production assistant
Gene Mendoza .... color timer
Music Department
Les Brockmann .... score mixer
Louis Durra .... musician: piano, keyboards
Other crew
Philipe Carvalho .... production coordinator

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Interesting Story about a 'domesticated' elephant's journey, 28 July 2014
Author: Violet Weed from Dallas, Texas, USA

Very well done story about the journey of an elephant named Flora from a small circus to 'retirement' in a sanctuary for elephants. Some stupid idiot 'phd' female determined that Flora (and other captive elephants) were suffering from 'ptsd'. How moronic! It's bad enough that we make wild animals perform in a circus but then to ascribe their occasional (or frequent) 'acting out' episodes (i.e., 'reacting wild in a non-wild arena') to 'ptsd'... hmmm. I feel THIS way about 'ptsd' when ascribed to HUMANs... MAN UP! Everyone goes through traumatic experiences in life, 'oh well!' THAT'S LIFE. The character of a man (or a woman) determines how one responds to trauma, emotional or physical. EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER in the First / Second World Wars, the Korean War (not a 'conflict' but a WAR), Vietnam, Gulf Wars, etc. suffered after their time at war from feelings of fear, regret, horror. OF COURSE. But some decided to buy into the bull of 'lifelong' ptsd. That is the same kind of baloney as 'attention deficit' "disorder". Now THAT is a matter of self-discipline (in adults) and lack of good mentoring/teaching by 'teachers' or lack of effective, involved parenting by parents. Dr. Swindoll has some excellent books on THAT subject (aka 'boys will be boys') go find 'em and read 'em if you think you have a child with ADD (usually a BOY, btw). Back to this elephant bio... Flora was being an elephant when she 'acts out'. From a baby age, Flora was not raised with other elephants but with human beings who raised her to PERFORM. 18 years of that and any wild animal would be 'skewed' in its reactions to people or other elephants. This was certainly true for Flora. By the time Flora was 'diagnosed' with 'ptsd', she was a young grownup elephant (in her 20s). All she did at that time was BE an ADULT wild animal, who sometimes expressed her emotional response to the world through what WE AS HUMANS call 'aggression' but in the case of an ELEPHANT... is something different. I think the woman who ended up with Flora on her elephant 'sanctuary' made a BAD mistake when she trusted the 'phd' woman who said that Flora had 'ptsd'. She betrayed the trust of both Flora and her former human caregiver, David, by denying Flora the occasional visits from the man who raised her and loved her for most of her life. Still I recommend this 'documentary' about the elephant, but I say 'bah humbug' to the woman caregiver who took over from David (Carol). She imposed human emotions onto an ELEPHANT and decided to be a 'command and control' 'manager' by denying the longevity of elephant memory and also denying the elephant contact with the human man who really does love her. FOR SHAME.

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