by Gloria Pancrazi & Elena Jean
Two female filmmakers fight alongside Indigenous leaders and scientists to protect a critically endangered species of orca.
2021  ·  1h34m  ·  Canada
About the Film
After a mother orca carries her dead calf for 17 days, two filmmakers spring into action, joining Indigenous leaders and scientists making a final attempt to save the last 73 Southern Resident orcas from extinction. Coextinction takes audiences deep into the oceans and forests of the Pacific Northwest, connecting ecosystem collapse, centuries of injustice against Indigenous peoples, and the frontlines of the world’s most pressing environmental threats. The film aims to galvanize tangible action for a climate-just future, while amplifying Indigenous voices and movements to support their rights and stewardship of traditional territories. With a strong call to action, it is supported by a robust impact team, actively targeting audiences in Canada and the United States to build capacity of Indigenous movements and stewardship initiatives in areas surrounding the Salish Sea, Snake River and Broughton Archipelago (Cascadia Region). The film also leverages audience members who are passionate about saving ecology and saving the orcas to do a lot more — to support and act toward decolonization and social justice. Over the past 5 years, the Coextinction team has continued to strengthen relationships with all communities involved, especially with Indigenous communities and leaders. This has included these communities and leaders informing content and messaging of impact campaigns, public speaking and capacity building, as well as holding key creative roles on future projects. These relationships are important and ongoing.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Jackson Wild Media Awards, Winner: Our Human Planet
Vancouver International Film Festival, Winner: Rob Stewart Eco Warrior Award
Planet In Focus, Winner: People’s Choice
International Ocean Film Festival, Winner: Environmental Award
Seoul International Eco Film Festival, Winner: Audience Choice
Elena Jean, Gloria Pancrazi
Chief Ernest Alfred, Kenneth Balcomb, Will George, Alexandra Morton, Kodi Nelson, Jessie Nightwalker, Carrie Nightwalker Chapman Schuster, Jim Waddel
Gloria Pancrazi, Elena Jean, Nicholas Castel, Andrew Luba
Executive Producers
Gloria Pancrazi, Elena Jean, Nicholas Castel, Andrew Luba, Victoria Obermeyer, PNW Protectors
Production Consultant
Curtis Halladay
Impact Producer
Andrew Luba
Julien Verschooris
Will Allen, Joel Barrow, Nicholas Castel, Ben Cox, John Fulton, Brad Lancaster, Victoria Obermeyer, Gabriel Swift, Jan Schädle Ubeda, Bronson Whytcross
Film Editing
Nicholas Castel, Elena Jean
Esther Gadd (post-production sound)
Andrew Robillard (illustration and animation)
Taylor Hanley (colour editor)
Maya Broeke (lead violin), Marena Salerno Collins (viola), Jonathan Gerstner (cello), Blake Haarstad (guitar), Jiro Yoshioka (cello)
Score Mixer
Luke Fair
Music Programmer
Julien Verschooris
Production Crew
Emilie Chartier, Ngaio Gregory, Anastasia Lee, Jenna Thornber, Brando Yelavich
Production Consultant
Carolina Vitorino
Research Assistant
Branda Wood
Tyson Sadler, Dennis Zaidi
About the Director

Elena Jean

Coextinction director Elena Jean

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 Pancrazi

Coextinction director Gloria Pancrazi

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.