Our Team

Elijah Yetter-Bowman, Founder/Director

Award-winning 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 many complex issues lacked creative communication. They founded Ethereal Films to help solve problems with media, storytelling, and impact campaigns. Their work bounces between directing films, leading impact campaigns with events & conversations, and research as an Affiliate at the UNC School of Public Health. Elijah’s work has received several awards including “Excellence in Science Communication” award from the National Academies of Sciences and has been featured in Forbes, People Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Telegram.

Sammy Bauer, Producer

Sammy (they/them) is a seasoned documentary producer and North Carolina native. Passionate about education, Sammy crafts impactful community campaigns for films and works as an environmental education coordinator for local government, fostering connections between people and their watersheds. Beyond their work, Sammy contributes to the Environmental Educators of North Carolina as a board member and was honored with the Southern Producers Lab Fellowship in 2023 and the title of Kentucky Colonel from Governor Andy Beshear in 2022. Their educational background includes a Master of Public Administration and a BA in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Ava Richesin-Dodd, Assistant Producer

Ava (she/her) a junior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Media Studies with a minor in Communications. Hailing from Orange County, North Carolina, she brings a genuine passion for film and media to her academic and personal endeavors. Ava’s lifelong love for storytelling propels her commitment to utilizing the power of media for connection, education, and inspiration. Ava has spent the past decade engaging in local activism alongside her academic pursuits. As an advocate for social justice and global responsibility, she has facilitated acts of service and coordinated initiatives to promote positive change. In her free time, Ava enjoys checking out local restaurants and music shows, as well as reading and writing, activities that contribute to her creativity and enhance her appreciation for diverse forms of expression.

Yuma Kobayashi, Satellite 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.  They currently run all European ventures for Ethereal Films in London.



Past Interns

Fall 2023 – Emma Johnson & Lucy Kraus, UNC CH

Spring 2023 – Taylor Holbrooks & Kaya Johnson, UNC CH

Most of 2022 – Ashton Webb (and temporarily our amazing impact producer)

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