The Human Element

Director: Matthew Testa

Producers: Olivia Ahnemann, James Balog

76 minutes

James Balog, the star of the essential climate change documentary Chasing Ice, is not only an acclaimed photographer but a trained geologist who has spent his career studying way the Earth changes and moves. The Human Element follows Balog as he seeks out people on the front lines of the unfolding climate change disaster who are struggling with the new reality. Some of these hard-working folks are in crisis — a flood or a fire has landed at their front door — but others are slowly yet clearly seeing the seas rise and reconciling that deepening truth with their own views about climate change. However, this film isn’t just reportage. It’s also Balog’s thoughtful exploration of our how own everyday lives are creating havoc within the delicate system that is our planet.


DIR: Matthew Testa
Director Bio: Filmmaker Matthew Testa has worked as a producer, director, writer and showrunner for clients like Discovery, National Geographic, Morgan Spurlock, PBS, The Nature Conservancy and Animal Planet. His PBS documentary, The Buffalo War, is the recipient of nine awards.






SCR Matthew Testa
SCR Lyman Smith
SCR James Balog
ED Lyman Smith