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Producers Chad Gracia, Mike Lerner


Mammoth follows a young girl as she travels the world meeting those behind the race to clone and “de-extinct” the woolly mammoth. Our precocious guide interrogates the scientists who are pursuing this project as well as those who are against it: priests, ethicists, and native peoples. She eventually teams up with a blind Yukagir poet deep in Siberia, whose ancestors hunted the mammoth, on a journey that reveals the truly terrifying implications of this new technology. Not only are we on the cusp of bringing this Pleistocene beast back to life, but we are about to alter forever the definition of what it means to be human.

About The Team

Chad Gracia (Director, Producer) is a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film, The Russian Woodpecker, was called “a rollicking ride of masterly narrative construction” by The Guardian and “A complex documentary… that is surprisingly, richly enjoyable” by Variety. 
It was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and won the Grand Jury Award for World Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, among many other awards. Gracia has worked for years as a dramaturg and theater producer in New York.

Oscar-nominated Mike Lerner (Producer) has been making films since 1988, including Afghan Star, Hell and Back Again, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Smash & Grab — The Story of the Pink Panthers, The Square, and A Whole Lott More. He has won a number of industry awards including Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature, six Sundance awards (Grand Jury, Special Jury, Best Director, Audience, Cinematography), an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary, 2 Grierson Awards for Best Documentary, The Alfred Dupont Award, and others.

Cinereach engages with film projects through a number of financing, production and support models. Mammoth is a Cinereach grantee.