David and Laura Balding (Flora’s adopters), Cristina Colissimo, and Jordana Glick-Franzheim (coproducers) in attendance.
Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora’s retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey which tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.
“A drama of conscience and consequence.” —Huffington Post
Community cosponsor is Women in Film and Television/Houston.
CRISTINA COLISSIMO - Producer, Co-Writer, Cinematographer
Cristina Colissimo is a filmmaker, screenwriter and producer whose love of storytelling comes from a childhood filled with exotic characters and wild animals at the zoo her father founded in Miami. Cristina is currently in pre-production on the reality-series The Singles and in production on the documentary series The Accidental Environmentalist and is developing a screenplay based on the award-winning book Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell. She was also recently tapped to adapt the memoir Where War Lives: A Journey Into the Heart of War by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Watson and her screenplay Modern English, is being produced by Jordana Glick-Franzheim and Nan Morales. Cristina’s commitment to One Lucky Elephant continues as she leads an expert team in developing the Global Elephant Initiative, an interactive web-based educational engagement campaign based. Cristina is also the cofounder and president of Ahali Elephants, a 501c3 non-profit established to provide for Flora, the elephant-star of One Lucky Elephant that now also works to educate and protect the welfare and rights of all elephants and their habitats.
JORDANA GLICK-FRANZHEIM - Producer
Jordana most recently associate produced the feature films What’s Your Number? starring Anna Faris, Extraordinary Measures starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser for CBS Films, Youth in Revolt for the Weinstein Company starring Michael Cera, Management, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn; The Marc Pease Experience, directed by Todd Louiso and starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwarzman; and Freedom Writers, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank. Her other producing credits include the German language film Diamonds and the documentary about Wolfgang Petersen, Shooting in the Line of Fire. Through her company, Crossover Productions, Jordana is currently in pre-production on the reality-series The Singles and in production on the documentary series The Accidental Environmentalist and is developing a screenplay based on the book Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell. Jordana began her career at Walt Disney Studios and Neue Constantin Films in Munich.