Our Core Team

Elijah Yetter-Bowman and Mark Ruffalo standing together on the set of GENX: The Saga of Forever Chemicals
Elijah Yetter-Bowman and Mark Ruffalo on the set of GenX: The Saga of Forever Chemicals

Elijah Yetter-Bowman, Founder

Award-winning storyteller & filmmaker Elijah Yetter-Bowman (they/them) grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina as a curious problem solver.  They attended UNC Chapel Hill to pursue a career in public health but saw that most complex issues lacked creative communication. They founded Ethereal Films to help solve problems with media, storytelling, and impact campaigns. Their work focuses on interdisciplinary action to address major social issues. They have received numerous awards including the Longleaf 2023 “Best Documentary Overall” award,  Miller/Packan Documentary Film award, the Footcandle Film Society Award, the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship and earned the title of ‘Kentucky Colonel’ by Governor Beshear in 2022. Elijah’s films have screened internationally across hundreds of venues have have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. They have served as a guest speaker and keynote at locations including Duke University, Notre Dame University, the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference, and the NC Science Museum.

Sammy Bauer, Engagement Producer

Sammy (they/them) has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a BA in Communications from UNC. An educator at heart, Sammy focuses on accessibility and accuracy our projects. They also serve as a Community Education Coordinator for a local government where they teache folks how to not pollute their local watersheds. They were awarded the 2023 Southern Producer Fellowship for the film GenX: The Saga of Forever Chemicals and named a ‘Kentucky Colonel’ in 2022. In their spare time you can find Sammy crafting, running workshops for children or cuddling with cats.


Gill Holland,

Consulting Producer

Gill (he/him) is an award-winning and seasoned film producer with over 100 production credits to date. He is a two-time graduate from UNC Chapel Hill and joined the project as a strong advocate of clean water. He also owns and operates the media production company, The Group Entertainment LLC.

Yuma Kobayashi,

Associate Producer

Yuma (he/they) has worked freelance for film sets since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020, championing the arts as a means for making social progress in realms of environmentalism, mutual aid, workers’ rights, and social justice. A staunch advocate for community empowerment, he spends his free time making things worth sharing, whether they be screenplays, poetry, or bread.

Sidney Hipp,

Science Communicator

Sidney (she/her) is a sophomore studying at UNC Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in natural resources and ecology, as well as a minor in Biology. Sidney is passionate about both science and the creative arts. She looks forward to combining her interests with Ethereal Films to create environmental and social change! She is excited to learn from and collaborate with this incredible team!

Ashton Webb,

Social Impact Producer

Ashton (she/her) is a Kennesaw State University graduate and she received her degree in Art History and a minor in Film Studies. Her passion for filmmaking and social justice has led to her work with Ethereal Films as an intern, and now as our Social Impact Producer. She helps manage our social media accounts, as well as works on fundraising for our projects. Ashton is also a freelance screenwriter and spends her free-time snuggling with her dog, Poppyseed, and watching movies.

Current Interns

Taylor Holbrooks

Taylor (she/her) will graduate in May 2023 with a degree from UNC Chapel Hill in Media and Journalism as well as Environmental Science. Driven by her love for the human experience, Taylor has devoted her work in journalism and environmental research to social advocacy and coastal waterway conservation. Her work as an independent photojournalist and the self-production of her own documentary film has allowed Taylor to explore her passion for storytelling. She is thrilled to be a part of Ethereal Film’s incredible mission and to learn and create with such a wonderful team.

Kaya Johnson

Kaya (she/her) is a sophomore studying at UNC Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a double major in Media & Journalism and Environmental Sustainability, as well as a minor in Spanish. Her hometown, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina, has sparked her passion for environmental equity and protection.  Kaya is thrilled to combine her fields of study to learn how to create lasting environmental and social change from the team at Ethereal Films! 


Past Interns

Fall 2022 – Samantha Hoffman & Sidney Hipp, UNC CH

Summer 2022 – Ella Luebe & Heather Hough, UNC CH

Spring 2022 – Kelawni Hansquine, UNC CH

Summer 2021 – Crystal Silva & Sofia Alba, UNC CH