elena jean

documentary filmmaker and content creator in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

elena jean

documentary filmmaker and content creator in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

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I'm a documentary filmmaker, content creator, speaker, writer and conservationist. When I'm not travelling, I'm at home in Tofino, on Vancouver Island.

I'm currently the co-founder and co-director of a feature documentary film and organization, "Coextinction". The film explores the story of a population of a critically endangered killer whales on the west coast of North America. Coextinction inspires action to save not only orcas in peril, but the entire Pacific Northwest.

I also do other video and documentary work, as well as photography and photojournalism, much of which you can find published online, on my social media channels and website.

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I studied engineering, I'm a scientifically-minded, but I'm a creative by trade. Deep learning, creating and storytelling is where I thrive on both a professional and personal level.

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Still want to know more? At risk of overwhelming you with unimportant backstory, here's a highlight reel:

I'm an advocate for wildlife, conservation, holistic progress, health and mental health. I filmed wildlife conservationists on the front lines throughout Africa. I founded an eco-clothing brand and built a global wildlife conservation community (One Species). I worked for NatGeo photographers and at SeaLegacy. I launched a digital platform for educational reform (Connectiv8). I've built brands and audiences. I've travelled to remote and wild places. I've filmed, edited, written, photographed, presented, acted, painted, sung, ran far, danced poorly (but often), surfed (not enough), slept (more recently a lot), and drank (too much) coffee/tea/beer. I'm passionate, deep-thinking, hard-working and energetic!

Check out Coextinction

Reach me at: elena.routledge@gmail.com

  • Education
    • Queen's University