There’s an elephant in the room and I’m anxious to talk about it.
Hollywood was eager to discuss it this past weekend, too.
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It’s been my son-in-law’s “pet project” that we’ve been following as his company, Edify Media, has been marketing this film.
“You’ve got to see the trailer!” Elliott, who is an executive producer for the film, enthused on one of our visits to Spokane. “It really catches your attention.”
We’d watched as the tip of the story emerged about the controversial world of exotic animals that end up living in America’s suburbs as pets. Clips from the trailer —just a tease for the whole story—highlight a dedicated man Tim Harrison, whose mission is to protect these animals and the public. It also shows what big hearts owners can have for their pets.
There are scenes that award-winning director Michael Webber has in this documentary that he’s captured up close and personal — shots that make you glad you’re watching a film and not on location. But it also shows both sides of the story — a softer side as we meet Terry Brumfield and the deep love he has for his two African lions, which he bottle-fed from the beginning.
The Elephant in the Living Room has received “applause” from Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore who says it’s, “One of the scariest, most entertaining and technically perfect films.” The documentary has won numerous film festival awards, too.
So, when our daughter, Tiffany, got the call in our living room Saturday night that The Elephant in the Living Room had won this year’s Genesis Award — even over a Disney documentary — the cheers were loud enough to scare our ordinary pet, Oreo the cat, from the room.
The Elephant remained when Tiffany and the rest of us got a firsthand look at iPhone video of the event.
I can’t wait until the film is released April 15 in select markets across the United States. In fact, Kennewick is one of them.
And after I go to see it, you can bet, like other movie goers, I’ll want to share it with more of my "friends" The Elephant in the Living Room.