Elijah Yetter-Bowman (they/them)

Hi! I am an infinitely curious problem solver with a penchant for asking question. Since I was little, I have been fascinated with how things work. The late Carl Sagan was a major inspiration during my childhood. His ability to share the wonder of discovering how the universe works left a lasting impact with me. I am honored to be the child of two amazing people and sibling to an incredible guy that roasts the best coffee in the world.

My skills/interests include documentary filmmaking, storytelling, public performance, scientific research, communication, impact campaigns, public engagement and restructuring a better society.

I am also a competitive rock climber, musician, cyclist, queer business owner and intersectional feminist.

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Awards & Honors

  • “Excellence in Science Communication” National Academies 2024
  • Title of “Honorable Colonel” the highest Civilian honor of Kentucky
  • Challenge Coin from Notre Dame, Durham and Hanover County fire
  • Last Call Foundation social impact grant for Burned
  • NC Black Alliance environmental justice grant
  • Southern Circuit Fellow of 2023 for Burned
  • Longleaf 2023 “Best Documentary” for Angel of Alabama
  • Dell Brooks Film Grant for GenX
  • Triangle Community Foundation Grant for GenX
  • Miller/Packan Documentary Film Grant for GenX
  • Footcandle Film Society Award for GenX
  • Natural Resources Defense Counsel documentary grantee
  • Southern Documentary Fund fiscal sponsee
  • Silver Medalist at Chapel Hill rock climbing competition
  • Southern Exposure Film Fellow 2021
  • “Honors Thespian” from International Thespian Society
Elijah Yetter-Bowman speaking on stage with Rob Bilott and Graham Peaslee

Speaking Engagement Highlights

  • Screening and Panel for a Massachusettes state ban on toxic forever chemicals – Boston State House. Nov 2023
  • “Why Stories Matter” –  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, conference on Forever Chemicals as a public health concern. Jan 2023
  • “Firefighter Occupational Disease and How It’s Changing” – UNC School of Law, Environmental Law w/ Professor Donald Hornstein. March 2023
  • “Documentary Distribution” Panelist and film presenter at Southern Documentary Convening at the Full Frame Theatre. May 2023
  • “How People Are Fighting PFAS” – Louisville Speed Museum. Sept 2022
  • “How One Person Brought Clean Water to over 100,000” – Post Screening of Angel of Alabama at the Cary Theatre. May 2022
  • Panelist for impact screenings of Burned at Notre Dame, Duke, The Hanover Theatre, the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, the NC State Science Museum, UNC Greensboro and others. Jan 2023 – Ongoing

There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.