CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Distribution, Other Festivals, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, CinematicalThat provocative title is taken from a leaflet handed out by PETA activists to children arriving at performances of The Nutcracker accompanied by fur-clad mothers. It's also the title of a documentary that has just been picked up for distribution. Filmmaker Curt Johnson was inspired to explore the animal rights movement by "a post-9/11 FBI alert identifying animal rights activists as the number one domestic terror threat." Johnson interviewed activists and detractors alike, seeking out as many points of view as possible. Variety's John Anderson hailed it as "a miraculously evenhanded treatment of a snarlingly divisive debate" when it played at HotDocs. "There are no good guys or bad guys in this propulsive film," Anderson wrote, "but there's enough in the way of odd characters and bad behavior to amuse and inform auds who only marginally care about the content." Other reviews have been equally positive.
Your Mommy Kills Animals sold out screenings recently at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, playing as part of their "Documentaries on the Edge" series. At the festival, which continues through July 23, programmer Mitch Davis announced that distributor Halo-8 Entertainment had secured worldwide theatrical and home video rights to the film, beating out "numerous other buyers." You can see the trailer at Halo-8's web site, while the film's MySpace page has additional pictures, videos, a ringtone and merchandise. The best part? You don't have to wait long to see it -- though I recommend you don't wear fur to the theater. Halo-8 plans to release Your Mommy Kills Animals theatrically in September; a DVD will follow in November.