Previewing The Sun Valley Film Festival


By Jay Michaels

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT) "We come in peace." It sounds like a line from a science fiction movie.

Instead, it was the goal behind the film "War Elephants," about 100 out of 2,000 elephants in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa, who survived a civil war there.

Cinematographer Bob Poole says, "They're scarred, they're emotionally traumatized. So they don't like people well, and the purpose of our project was to try and habituate those elephants back to recognizing that people now come in peace."

Poole says the ivory from the slaughtered elephants was used to trade for weapons in the war. He says he and his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, managed to get the remaining elephants used to peaceful human contact again.

A young woman with five generations of ranching heritage created the film "The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley."

Filmmaker DeSiree Fawn says, "It was a story about these two cultures that I grew up in, fighting over something tangible, which is the wolf issue. My film is actually about people, not wolves. It's about how people feel about the wolves here in Idaho, focusing on the Wood River Valley."

Fawn says she's shown "The Phantom Wolves of Sun Valley" five times in Idaho now. She says her goal wasn't to draw dividing lines between people, but to let all sides have their say.

These films and others will be shown in the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum, and the Sun Valley Resort Opera House on March 15th through 18th.

Fawn says, "It actually doesn't draw any judgment on any of these different people and how they feel about it, because it's really just a portrait of our community, of our culture, how people feel about these really important topics."

The Sun Valley Film Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 15th through the 18th. To get a complete listing of the films, visit .

Feb. 28, 2012.

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