Elemental Productions is a Los Angeles-based ethnographic documentary film company, founded in 2007 by director and anthropologist Robert Lemelson, dedicated to the production of films focusing on the relationship between culture, psychology, and personal experience.
Director + Anthropologist
Robert Lemelson is a cultural anthropologist, ethnographic filmmaker and philanthropist. Lemelson received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. Lemelson’s area of specialty is transcultural psychiatry; Southeast Asian Studies, particularly Indonesia; and psychological and medical anthropology. He currently is a research anthropologist in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience UCLA, and an adjunct professor of Anthropology at UCLA. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals and books. Lemelson founded Elemental Productions in 2008, a documentary film company. He has directed and produced over a dozen ethnographic films related to culture, psychology and personal experience. He is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports research and training in the social and neurosciences.
Chisako Yokoyama was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. As a graduate of the University of California, Chisako began her motion picture career in Hollywood as an Editor’s Assistant. She met Oscar-Winning editor, Pietro Scalia, and has been involved with the editing of many memorable films such as; “Good Will Hunting”, “Gladiator”, “Hannibal”, “Black Hawk Down”, “Memoir of a Geisha” and “American Gangster”.
Cinematographer + Editor
Briana Young is a visual anthropologist. She earned a B.A. from UCLA in cultural anthropology and a Masters degree in visual anthropology from USC. Since graduating from USC she has worked on the Emmy nominated documentary Superheroes, created videos for Novica in association with National Geographic, and has filmed and edited in over 15 countries around the world from the Galapagos Islands to Nepal. Her short film, Screw It, I’ll Play Make Believe, has been screened internationally at festivals, broadcasted nationally on The Documentary Channel, and her thesis film Ladies of the Gridiron was selected to be part of KQED Truly CA Shorts, and is used as a teaching tool on gender roles and women in sports in classrooms across the country.
Research Assistant + Writer
Annie Tucker has been working as a research assistant and writer for Elemental Productions since October 2009. In 2007 she received her M.A in Culture and Performance from UCLAs Department of World Arts and Cultures. In 2014, she completed her doctoral degree at UCLA. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of culture, disability, personal experience, and the arts. Annie has traveled to Indonesia multiple times over the past ten years in the guise of student, production assistant, ethnographic researcher, and dancer.
Office Manager + Graphic Designer
Assistant to the Director
Chin Rodger has worked with Elemental Productions as a Research Assistant and Personal Assistant to the Director since October 2007. Chin has traveled extensively on location on several feature films including Steven Spielbergs Empire of The Sun and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Rob Reiners The Princess Bride, Kenneth Brannaghs Henry V, Clint Eastwoods Black Heart White Hunter, James Camerons Aliens, Michael Apteds Gorillas in The Mist amongst many others.
Ninik Supartini assisted Dr. Lemelson in two research projects about community mental health in Java and Bali. Since 2006, Supartini has served as a mental health/psychosocial consultant for international humanitarian organizations working in post disaster and conflict areas in Indonesia and Myanmar. Supartini studied English teaching as an undergraduate at Yogyakarta Teacher Training Institute and lectured in English for more than 10 years before turning her interests to community mental health. In 2004, she returned to school at Gadjah Mada University to earn her Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology. Supartini was honored with a Donald J Cohen Fellowship in 2006 and East West Center Fellowships in 2006 and 2007.
Mahar Agusno is head of Psychiatric Department at Sardjito General Hospital and head of Study Program, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University. He got his M.D. & psychiatric training from Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University. Agusno’s long-term service at the community and mental hospital has contributed significantly to his interest in community & cultural psychiatry. After he finished his mandatory service in a mental hospital in Borneo in 1997, he returned to Department of Psychiatry, Gadjah Mada University to serve as a lecturer and at the same time worked at its teaching hospital, Sardjito General Hospital. In 2002 he was awarded Freeman Fellowship to study medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School.