Elena is an award-winning documentary filmmaker — director, producer, host, cinematographer and editor – content creator and storyteller.
Elena’s home-base is in Tofino, British Columbia, within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, surrounded by the coastal rainforest and mountains of Vancouver Island. Elena is an avid runner, surfer, diver and multi-faceted creative, with a lively sense of humour and insatiable curiousity. Her work centres on reconnecting with the wild and wellness, with a vision to inspire curiousity, playfulness, ingenuity, hope and a shared sense of adventure.
Gloria is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her first love are the orcas, which led her to the Pacific Northwest to help protect them. Her first feature film, Coextinction, tells the story of interconnectedness between the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas and Indigenous rights. The film won multiple awards and screened at renowned film festivals across North America including Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Jackson Wild Media Summit, and Vancouver International Film Festival.
She has spent 500+ hours monitoring the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Northern Resident orcas, humpback whales and other marine life with organizations like OrcaLab and Cetus Research & Conservation Society.
Gloria has spearheaded impact campaigns like the March 4 The Dams, a 320km walk from Portland to the Snake River Dams to bring global attention to the controversial dams pushing orcas and salmon to extinction, violating Tribal Treaty rights, and contributing to the climate crisis.