A Bold Experiment on Eating Meat

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Love them or eat them: an alternative documentary on animals.

A new documentary, Animals, debuts nationwide today on home video, from Passion River Films. This quiet, powerful film takes us to the very heart of the animal-human relationship, with all its contradictions, as filmmaker Jason Young explores raising and butchering farm animals as an open-ended question, ‘Friend or Food?’

The motivation for Jason is a simple, but bold experiment, “if you’re going to eat meat, you should raise the animals.” So begins the struggles of a fledging farmer with his livestock—and his conscience. With care and thoughtfulness, Jason sets out to discover the first-hand challenges of raising his own ‘meat’. Though neighbors advise him not to treat his animals as pets, Jason bonds with them: Ellie the sheep. Alfalfa the goat. Gretchen the rabbit. And JB the calf.

Considering the subject matter and some graphic scenes, the documentary maintains a deliberate pace to confront both viewer and filmmaker with some unpleasant realities. “Animals come to trust us,” as Jason realizes, “that trust is always broken.” Filmed with striking beauty in the rolling Canadian countryside, Animals allows the viewers to reflect and, to reach their own conclusion if a farm ‘pet’ should end up on a plate.

About Passion River Films

Since 1998, Passion River has been devoted to acquiring, distributing and representing unique independent film projects for both U.S. and foreign markets. For more information, visit http://www.PassionRiver.com

Passion River Films

416 Main Street, 2nd Floor Metuchen, NJ 08840 (f) 732-321-4105 http://www.PassionRiver.com

Contact: Dante Guintu, Passion River Films, 732-321-0711 x175, Dante@PassionRiver.com

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