Eve of the Conference, Thursday, April 26

8:30 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

Gather at the corner of SW Washington and 11th (downtown Portland)

In commemoration of Packy, a stunning light installation of an elephant by renowned installation artist Colleen Plumb

Opening Day, Friday, April 27

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Check-in/Morning Refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Courtney Scott/President, Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants (FOZE)
Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m.

Deena Metzger/Author, Storyteller, Healer
Opening Convocation

Morning Session

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker Carol Buckley/Founder, CEO, Elephant Aid International, Elephant Refuge North America (ERNA)
Revolution of a Movement - Creating Real Change for Elephants

10:00 a.m.

Gay Bradshaw/Founder, The Kerulos Center
The Elephant Psyche and Experience


10:20-10:35 a.m.

Break

10:35 a.m.

Panel Discussion/Q&A: Using the Law - On the Road to Justice

Moderator: Thyra Rutter/Law Student and Artist, Founder, Arte for Elephants

Panelists:

11:20 a.m.

David Casselman/Principal, Casselman Law Group; Founder, Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary
The Los Angeles Zoo Trial

11:45 a.m.

Allan Classen/Editor, Publisher, NW Examiner, introduces Carla Castano's four-part investigative television series on the Oregon Zoo elephants

12:30-1:45 p.m.

Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:45 p.m.

Matt Rossell/Former Campaigns Director, Animal Defenders International (ADI)
Going Undercover to Expose the Reality of Animal Exploitation

2:10 p.m.

Courtney Scott presents a two-minute video tribute to Packy

2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion/Q&A: Media/PR - How to Use Their Tactics to Win

Moderator: Nigel Stephens/Supporting Member, FOZE, Viva!

Panelists:

3:00 p.m.

Catherine Doyle/Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Banning the Bull Hook in California


3:30-3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45 p.m.

Debbie Ethell/Executive Director, The KOTA Foundation
The Cost of Conservation: How Far the US Dollar Goes in Poor Countries With Elephants

4:15 p.m.

Ray Ryan/Former Elephant Keeper, San Diego Wild Animal Park; Advisor, All Bull Elephants’ SanctuaryThe Kerulos Center
Taking Abusers to Court to Expose the Truth

4:35 p.m.

Light Show Slide Presentation by Installation Artist Colleen Plumb

4:50 p.m.

Courtney Scott/President, FOZE
Closing Remarks

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Icebreaker Reception

7:00 p.m.

Unchained introduced by Carol Buckley

8:30 p.m.

Love & Bananas An Elephant Story, introduced by Executive Producer David Casselman. World premiere during Earth Week! No walk-up tickets sold for this screening; open to conference participants pre-registered on Eventbrite only.

All films screened in the Columbia Room

Day Two, Saturday, April 28

8:00-9:00 a.m. 

Check-in/Morning Refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Courtney Scott/President, FOZE
Welcome and Announcements

Morning Session

9:10 a.m.

Lisa Kane/Attorney
The Zimbabwe Elephants and the Fight for the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants

9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion/Q&A: Community Involvement – Bridging Cultural Divides/Healing the Elephant-Human Conflict

Moderator: Bala Seshasayee/Volunteer, FOZE; Board Member, Heart of Ganesh

Panelists:

10:15 a.m.

Adam Roberts/Board Member, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, The Elephant Project
The Challenges of Meeting the Needs of Rescued Elephants; Working with Communities to Create Sustainable Financial Solutions to Protect Elephants Where They Live

10:45-10:55 a.m.

Break

11:00 a.m.

Steve Wise/Attorney, Nonhuman Rights Project
The Fight to Gain Legal Rights for Elephants

11:30 a.m.

Sarah Blaine/Co-Founder, Mahouts Elephant Foundation
Creating a New Model of Elephant Tourism in Thailand

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion/Q&A: On the Front Lines – Action for Change

Moderator: Dani Rukin/Correspondent, #JaneUnChained

Panelists:

2:15 p.m.

Sangita Iyer/Producer, Director, Gods in Shackles
Cultural Differences: The Eastern, Western, and Media Culture - Their Perceptions and Interpretations

2:45 p.m.

Cynthia Travis/Founder, President, Everyday Gandhis
Photo and Video Presentation, Elephants as Peacemakers


3:00 p.m.

Ever Vimbai Chinoda/Founder, Speak Out for Animals; Staff Attorney, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
Working with Governments – Navigating the System

3:30-3:40 p.m.

Break

3:45 p.m.

Toni Frohoff/Cetacean and Elephant Scientist, In Defense of Animals (IDA)
Elephants and Orcas - Recognizing Their Rights as Stakeholders with Interests

4:15 p.m.

Slide Presentation of Recent Photos by Wildlife Photographer Larry Laverty

4:45 p.m.

Courtney Scott/President, FOZE
Closing Remarks

5:00-6:40 p.m.

Break

6:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Gods in Shackles, Introduced by Producer, Director Sangita Iyer

Tyke, Elephant Outlaw (Producers, Directors Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore)

Day Three, Sunday, April 29

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Check-in/Morning Refreshments

9:00 a.m.

Courtney Scott/President, FOZE
Welcome and Announcements

9:10-9:20 a.m.

Facilitator Deena Metzger
Introduction to Forum

9:20-11:55 a.m.

Moving Forward - Creating an International Coalition of Elephant Advocates
Forum with Audience Participation

12:00 p.m.

Conference Ends


Through making the film Blackfish, I learned how unsuited orcas, the world’s largest ocean-dwelling mammals, are to captivity. Elephants, the world’s largest land mammals suffer equally in captivity. It is time to shine a giant spotlight on their suffering and put an end to the imprisonment and exploitation of elephants in zoos, in circuses, in tourism. The International Free the Elephants Conference & Film Festival is a wonderful opportunity to mobilize efforts to create a path out of enslavement and foster a new way of seeing, a new way of appreciating and compassionately caring for these magnificent animals. My hope is that we take the “Blackfish” momentum and use it to help evolve us out of animals for entertainment.
— Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Director of Blackfish