For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, there are around 400 elephants left in Laos. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also a loss for Laotian history and culture. GARDENERS OF THE FOREST explores how the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism all play a role in the imminent extinction of elephants in Laos.

About the Director(s):

CEYLAN CARHOGLU is an emerging documentary filmmaker, whose passion for wildlife conservation and for stories that challenge the way we think, has inspired and led her to create documentaries that have gone on to many prestigious film festivals. Her documentary "GARDENERS OF THE FOREST" (2016) was a winner at the 2016 Emmys: College Television Awards and was nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Student Academy Awards and has been the official selection in numerous film festivals such as HollyShorts, Newport Film Festival, and Napa Valley Film Festival. Most recently, Ceylan has been assistant editing the new ITVS docu series SELF MADE MEN (2017), and has worked on the upcoming documentaries KATE NASH (2018) and HILBILLY (2018). Currently she's working as an associate producer on Elizabeth Lo's new documentary. Ceylan graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with a B.A. in film production.

NICOLE JORDAN-WEBBER works full-time in Los Angeles as an assistant director and producer. She and Ceylan Carhoglu began working together on documentaries in their freshman year of college and have since been co-producing content under their production company, Smileback. The two currently have a new short doc in the works and are eager to continue producing together as a team. Nicole graduated with a B.A. in Film Production from Chapman University.