or


[04/09/13 - 09:03 AM]
"An Apology to Elephants," Narrated by Lily Tomlin, Examines Their Abuse and Chronicles Efforts to Provide More Humane Treatment When the Documentary Debuts April 22, Exclusively on HBO
Tomlin also executive produced the film, directed by Emmy-winner Amy Schatz.

[via press release from HBO]

"AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS," NARRATED BY LILY TOMLIN, EXAMINES THEIR ABUSE AND CHRONICLES EFFORTS TO PROVIDE MORE HUMANE TREATMENT WHEN THE DOCUMENTARY DEBUTS APRIL 22, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Few animals hold more fascination for humans than elephants. For centuries they've been adored, inspired great works of art, and even been revered as gods, yet they have also been treated with cruelty. AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS explores the abuse of these ancient and intelligent animals and shows how some people are reversing the trend. Narrated and executive produced by Lily Tomlin and directed by Emmy(R) winner Amy Schatz, with narration written by Jane Wagner, the film debuts on Earth Day, MONDAY, APRIL 22 (7:00-7:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

Other HBO playdates: April 25 (8:45 a.m., 5:25 a.m.), 27 (4:15 p.m.) and 30 (10:15 a.m.), and May 5 (10:15 a.m.), 9 (1:15 p.m.) and 13 (5:30 p.m.)

HBO Family playdates: April 28 (9:15 p.m.) and May 4 (11:35 p.m.), 7 (1:30 a.m.), 12 (3:40 a.m.), 16 (10:30 p.m.), 24 (12:25 a.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m.) and 31 (3:10 a.m.)

As a keystone species, elephants promote biodiversity, helping trees, plants and animals flourish; as highly intelligent, empathetic and social animals, they are unique and remarkable creatures. But humans have poached elephants, chained and trained them in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. "The first thing we need to know is that the elephants need our help," says Lily Tomlin.

AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS spotlights elephants' importance to global ecology and the environment. Known as the "gardeners of the forest," they clear large trees and branches for food, which makes way for smaller plants and animals to thrive. However, due to the ivory trade and habitat destruction, elephant species are considered either vulnerable or endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and are at risk of extinction within the next ten years. "Extinction is part of the pattern of life on the planet, but we're amping up the rate at which extinctions occur," says paleontologist Dr. Ross MacPhee.

In America, elephants have been big business ever since the first animal arrived on U.S. shores in 1796. AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS describes the often-brutal treatment elephants undergo when they are trained to perform, the psychological trauma they suffer and the physical damage done by inadequate living conditions in some zoos and circuses.

"The elephants live in fear their whole lives," says Jeff Kinzley, elephant manager at California's Oakland Zoo, which is pioneering a more humane approach to managing captive elephants. After an elephant keeper was killed in 1991, the zoo changed to a "protected contact" approach, which employs a barrier between the keepers and the animal. Elephants are managed by reward and positive reinforcement, rather than force, and these large migratory animals are given the space required to exercise their bodies.

The PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) Elephant Sanctuary in California provides hundreds of acres of land for rescued and retired elephants to heal and live out the rest of their lives in peace. One resident, Lulu, was captured as a baby and became so mentally disturbed after years in captivity that she was prone to throw things at people. One of Pat Derby's "special projects," Lulu is now seen extending an affectionate foot through the bars of her spacious enclosure. "If there's a dream, this is the dream," says Derby of the sanctuary and her hopes for healing elephants.

In addition to footage of elephants in the wild and in captivity, AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS includes interviews with elephant biologists, scientists and activists, including PAWS co-founders Ed Stewart and the late Pat Derby; Dr. Joyce Poole, director of the conservation group Elephant Voices; Colleen Kinzley, curator at Oakland Zoo; Dr. Joel Parrott, director of Oakland Zoo; Dr. Mel Richardson, a captive wildlife veterinarian; Katy Payne, founder of the Elephant Listening Project; Cynthia Moss, director of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants; and Dr. Raman Sukumar, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science.

Emmy(R) winner Amy Schatz has produced and directed numerous HBO specials, including "A Child's Garden of Poetry," "Classical Baby," "Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001" and "Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales." She has won four DGA Awards and her films have received seven Primetime Emmy Awards(R) in the Outstanding Children's Program category.

For more information on the documentary, visit: Facebook: facebook.com/hbodocs; and Twitter: @HBODocs #ApologyToElephants.

AN APOLOGY TO ELEPHANTS is executive produced by Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner; directed and produced by Amy Schatz; narrated by Lily Tomlin; producer, Beth Aala; narration written by Jane Wagner; editor, Tom Patterson. For HBO: supervising producer, Lisa Heller; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.





  [april 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[02/22/18 - 08:06 AM]
ID Announces Premiere of All-New Series "Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions"
The series takes viewers inside the interrogation room to witness first-hand the clever tactics employed by detectives in hopes of securing a criminal confession.

[02/22/18 - 07:58 AM]
Comedy Central Renews "Drunk History" for a Sixth Season
"They say history is written by the victors, but after five seasons, it's now clear that it is best told by drunken comedians," said Kent Alterman.

[02/22/18 - 07:53 AM]
Viewers Flock to Hallmark Channel for "2018 American Rescue Dog Show," Demonstrating That Rescues Are the Country's Top Dogs
The Hallmark Channel further spins the numbers for Monday, February 19.

[02/22/18 - 07:39 AM]
Video: Life Is a Battle, Here's How Hers Began - "Roxanne Roxanne" Trailer Debut
In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders.

[02/22/18 - 07:31 AM]
Disney Junior's Reimagined "Muppet Babies" Animated Series to Debut Friday, March 23
Set in the vibrant playroom of an urban brownstone with an expansive backyard, the Muppet Babies have everything they need at their fingertips to lead them on their fantastical adventures.

[02/22/18 - 06:31 AM]
Video: Jared Leto Descends Into the World of the Yazuka - "The Outsider" Trailer Debut
Set in post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate.

[02/21/18 - 09:01 PM]
Bon Jovi to Perform and Receive Honor at iHeartRadio Music Awards; Camila Cabello and Chance The Rapper Also to Be Honored
Previously announced performers include Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello and Charlie Puth.

[02/21/18 - 03:50 PM]
Oxygen Media's "In Ice Cold Blood" Hosted by Ice-T Premieres Sunday, April 1 at 7PM ET/PT
The series spotlights shocking true stories involving sex, money, murder - or a fatal cocktail of all three.

[02/21/18 - 03:32 PM]
Attention Cloud 9 Shoppers: "Superstore" Renewed for a Fourth Season
"'Superstore' is one of our signature NBC comedies, and we're so pleased to be bringing it back for the 2018-19 season," Jennifer Salke said.

[02/21/18 - 02:30 PM]
"Beyond" Soars to New Season Highs with Its Best Numbers in Over 1 Year
Freeform further spins the numbers for Thursday, February 15.

[02/21/18 - 02:26 PM]
Lindsey Vonn's Final Olympic Downhill Leads NBC Olympics to 8% Increase Over Comparable Sochi Olympics Telecast
NBC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, February 20.

[02/21/18 - 01:58 PM]
"America's Got Talent" Is Back for a 13th Season
Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B are all returning as judges while Tyra Banks is also due back as the show's host.

[02/21/18 - 12:12 PM]
Hallmark Hall of Fame Original Film "The Beach House" World Premiere April 28 on Hallmark Channel
Andie MacDowell, Minka Kelly, Chad Michael Murray and Makenzie Vega stars in this timeless tale about life, love and relationships.

[02/21/18 - 11:19 AM]
Video: Jim Brockmire Takes New Orleans by Storm in "Brockmire" Season 2 Trailer
Season 2 premieres on IFC Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00/9:00c, with eight episodes airing weekly.

[02/21/18 - 09:42 AM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "Flint Town" on Netflix March 2
In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, "Flint Town" takes an intimate look at the state of policing in America through the lens of the Flint Police Department.