We are an ethnographic documentary film production company

founded by director and anthropologist Robert Lemelson in 2007

focused on the relationship between culture, psychology and personal experience


Elemental Productions

Production Company

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.

Robert Lemelson

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 2007, 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


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”.

Briana Young

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.

Annie Tucker

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.

Yee Ie

Office Manager + Graphic Designer
Yee Ie grad­u­ated from UCLA in 2006 with a B.A. in Eng­lish and a B.A. in Anthro­pol­ogy. She joined Elemental Productions in its foundation in 2007 and man­ages evolving duties such as graphic design, motion graphics, interface design, website design and development, social media, marketing and distribution, finances and human resources, event planning, production logistics and project management.

Chin Rodger

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

Field Producer

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

Consulting Psychiatrist

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.