Leeman – who spent a decade documenting the Flora-Balding tale – raises provocative concerns on the use of wildlife for entertainment purposes” - Phil Hall, Film Threat

“It is graceful filmmaking on Leeman’s part, mirroring the grace of the film’s true star, Flora”- Jeff Farr, EmanuelLevy.com

"A parable of pachydermish proportions, "One Lucky Elephant" is a bittersweet story of man, beast and a very real relationship that makes helmer Lisa Leeman's docu the thinking person's 'Dumbo' " - John Anderson, VARIETY

"Bottom Line: A timely, emotionally engaging look at interspecies bonds...The film is an impressive and affecting entry in the growing body of work addressing the effects of keeping wild animals in captivity. A 10-year project for veteran documentarian Lisa Leeman..." - Sheri Linden, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"Sweet, heart-and trunk-tugging." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Charming" - NPR.org

"A parable, one that's less about elephants or animals than about human beings" - Salon.com

“One Lucky Elephant is a poignant documentary whose simple premise masks a substantial emotional wallop” - Alison Willmore, THE ONION AV Club

"A poignant, heart-felt tale about the shared life journey of a man and an elephant. "One Lucky Elephant" not only manages to capture the psychological and emotional complexity of a fellow animal, it also compels us to confront the deeply troubling consequences of our removing such an animal from its natural and rightful home." - Charles Siebert, New York Times journalist & author of The Wauchula Woods Accord

“A deep, subtle, illuminating film. It's like a Chekhov play. Utterly amazing." - Lily Beven, Director

“At heart, it's really about our responsibility to those we love and how we can separate our own wishes from their best interests – and that applies to everybody, not just elephants.” - Aimee Levitt, Riverfront Times

"A captivating father and daughter narrative...wholly satisfying...a compelling antidote to the man vs nature narrative...illuminating" - Sam Kressner, Film Critic.com

"This superbly informative, affecting documentary about an undying bond between man and beast may well be the most moving film of 2011... Forget Garbo and Robert Taylor in Camille, or even Leo & Kate in Titanic. One Lucky Elephant reveals a love story even more heartbreaking, that between circus impresario David Balding and Flora, an African elephant he has trained since infancy to perform...clear-headed yet passionate...pulls the viewer in so powerfully that you can feel the cliffhanger-like, fraught anxiety shared by both master and beast." -David Noh, Film Journal International

"Leeman exquisitely controls the dissemination of information in "One Lucky Elephant," peeling back the layers of the story to deepen our understanding and emotional investment."- Moving Pictures Magazine

"An emotionally charged argument for reconsidering how we treat all animals." - Huffington Post

Film Week

The Madeleine Brand Show

LA Times "Be careful what you wish for. Especially if you wish for an elephant." - Kenneth Turan

Huffington Post "Films Illuminate Human-Animal Relationships -- a Paradigm Shift Is Underway" -Jerry Cope



Huffington Post "Los Angeles Film Festival: Video Interview With Lisa Leeman and Cristina Colissimo About One Lucky Elephant" - Michael Kurcfeld

Variety "A parable of pachydermish proportions"

Hollywood Reporter "Impressive and affecting”

Indiewire "Leeman focuses on the tendency to interpret animal behavior through the prism of human thought."

Los Angeles Film Festival Interview

Lily Tomlin attends the LAFF premiere!


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