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Exploring Hope for Better Times (in film fests now)

Best Inspirational Film – Festigious. Best Woman Director & Best Documentary Feature – HIMPFF.  Best Host in a Documentary – CIAFF.
4th Place – International Indie Gathering. Screening in Jamaica. Excellence Awards – Depth of Field Festival & Inspired Faith Festival. [read press release]

Now Arriving in Film Fests – Our Award-Winning Feature-Length Documentary

Become a miner for hope as you explore its many facets, asking, “What is HOPE? What does it look like, and where do we find it?” “Exploring Hope for Better Times” investigates this vital force from Plato to NASA and beyond, highlighting a decade of projects by The Elfenworks Foundation, student filmmakers and tomorrow’s leaders, and introduces social entrepreneurs with over 30 visionary ways forward. Feast your ears on inspiring performances from upcoming artists, while gathering gems of wisdom from the insights and perspectives shared by people from all walks of life.   Exploring Hope for Better Times – a timely feature-length documentary. Coming your way via streaming media distribution soon – and at select film festivals now! – from Elfenworks Productions LLC “Beyond Film & Music!”

Highlights Include:          

  • Miners for Hope… prospecting the depths, mining the mother lode.  
  • Haiku for Hope… an artivistic adventure.
  • Hope taking Flight… delving the depths and soaring to new heights.
  • Hope in History… from Plato to NASA, how and where do we see hope?
  • Gems of Wisdom... insights & perspectives from people like you & me.
  • Fabulous Musicians… inspiring performances from upcoming artists.
  • Students for Hope… student filmmakers and tomorrow’s leaders today.
  • Visionaries for Hope… 30+ different visions for a more hope-filled future.
    …and so much more! 

About the Film 

Ten years in the making, Exploring Hope for Better Times includes hope-filled stories from the decade-long history of The Elfenworks Foundation, including the thirty In Harmony with Hope Awardees, all fostering a more hope-filled tomorrow, each in their own way.  Judged “Original and well directed” by the Festigious International Film Festival, where it garnered Best Inspirational Film, Exploring Hope is a cinematically rich exploration of the value of hope in troubled times. The film has also received the following laurels: Best Host in a Documentary – Colorado International Activism Film Festival; Best Woman Director / Best Documentary Feature laurels – Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival; 4th Place Winner, Documentary Short Category – The International Indie Gathering Film Festival. International screening – Jamaica International Faith Film Festival. Excellence Awards from the Inspired Faith Film Festival and the Depth of Field Film Festival.        

* Completed February, 2018.  *  Footage from USA, Jordan, and India.  * 44 minutes. *

Film Team

Written, produced and directed by Lauren Speeth. Assistant Director, Kelly Madsen Shaw. Our Animated Logos: Tim Schaller. Editing, Animation, and Sound Design by Janice Rivera.  Mixing and Mastering by John Watkins. Art Direction by Mike Dalling. Photographs: Lauren Speeth, Janice Rivera, and others. For full credits, see film ending.  Copyright © 2018 Elfenworks Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 


Pandora’s box is open with troubles everywhere, but one winged thing needs releasing!  Join the Miners for Hope on their quest, exploring hope, the very key to a better tomorrow.

Short Description 

Have you ever felt as if the world’s not well, almost as if Pandora’s box has been opened, all sorts of evils have spilled out, and only hope remains locked inside, begging for release? We have. But, what is hope anyway? What does it look like, and where do you find it? Join us in an exploration of this vital force that includes highlights from a decade of Elfenworks Foundation projects and 30+ social entrepreneurs all dedicated at building hope, with gems of wisdom from all walks of life!

Promo Stills


The film “Exploring Hope” is dedicated to filmmaker Christopher Eric Speeth, the filmmaker’s uncle, who passed away while we were mid-production, in 2017, who had grown to be an uncle to us all. Were it not for Chris, the Director might not have become a filmmaker, and this film would very likely not have been made. Chris was also a big supporter of the projects outlined in the film (e.g., annual judge of Campus Moviefest Elfenworks Student Social Justice Film Awards). His mentorship and support meant the world.

Best Woman Filmmaker - HIMPFF   Best Inspirational Film - Festigious   Best Documentary - HIMPFF
4th Place Documentary Short Winner - Indie Gathering

And Furthermore…

Green is the Color of Hope


To Help Offset This Film’s Carbon Footprint, 
We Donated To The Nature Conservancy’s 
Plant A Billion” Campaign, 
Supporting The Planting Of Approximately * 
2018 * Trees 

Until  Soon…