Zoo

Zoo

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Director: Robinson Devor

Cast: Robinson Devor, John Paulsen, Richard Carmen, CJ

     
 
In 2005 a bizarre new story spread from the sleepy rural town of Enumclaw, WA -- a man died of internal injuries sustained while attempting a sexual act with a horse. It was discovered the man was part of a small group of zoophiliacs -- people who crave erotic contact with animals -- and that they had been engaging in various activities with local animals for some

Overview

In 2005 a bizarre new story spread from the sleepy rural town of Enumclaw, WA -- a man died of internal injuries sustained while attempting a sexual act with a horse. It was discovered the man was part of a small group of zoophiliacs -- people who crave erotic contact with animals -- and that they had been engaging in various activities with local animals for some time. While investigating the incident, Washington police authorities discovered the state had no laws on the books concerning bestiality, and Sen. Pam Roach quickly introduced legislation which would make it illegal. While the story became a national news item after hitting the Internet, Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor was curious about what sort of people became involved in the underground world of zoophilia, and Zoo is a docudrama which explores the horse sex case, the other members of the zoophile ring (two members of the group participated in the production of the film), the animal rescue organization that took possession of the horses, and the legislators and law enforcement officers who reacted to the case. Originally produced under the title In the Forest There Is Every Kind of Bird, Zoo was screened in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Robinson Devor's Zoo investigates a tabloid story about a Seattle man who died of internal bleeding after having sex with a horse. A "zoo" is short for a zoophiliac, defined by an interview subject as "someone who feels they have an affinity for un-human animals more than mankind." As shocking as the subject matter may sound, it is dealt with in a sensitive and enlightening manner. The overall style -- from the dreamy blue-tinted visuals to the patient, even-sided investigatory techniques -- is directly indebted to Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line. The main footage is comprised of reenactments shot with studied and rigid compositions, extreme jumps from wide to close-up, sharp lighting contrasts, and a menacing floating feeling reinforced by a pulsing electronic and classical score. Devor's impassive treatment of the case is disturbing not for making bestiality sympathetic but for attempting to make sense of it and failing. Zoo is really about the limitations and vagaries of interaction between living creatures and our grasping across these communicatory gulfs. (Contrasts are routinely drawn between solitude and connection, primarily through the Internet.) As the veterinarian who seized the horse says, "I'm just on the edge of being able to understand it." Devor does not gloss over the subject matter, it is often bewildering and surreal, but finds some sort of hope by revealing the vulnerable humanity within each of his subjects.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
UPC:
0821575552653
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:16:00

Special Features

Filmmaker commentary featuring writer/director Robinson Devor and writer Charles Mudede; 16:9 anamorphic full frame presentation (1.78:1); Trailer gallery; English stereo 2.0; English subtitles (for the hearing impaired)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Paulsen Participant
Richard Carmen Participant
CJ Participant

Technical Credits
Robinson Devor Director,Screenwriter
Peggy Case Producer
Jeanne Cavenaugh Production Designer
Ben Exworthy Executive Producer
Alexis Ferris Producer
Ollie Glatzer Sound/Sound Designer
Garr Godfrey Executive Producer
Megan Griffiths Asst. Director,Co-producer
Daniel Katz Executive Producer
Alison Kelly Art Director
Sean Kirby Cinematographer
Randy Manis Executive Producer
Paul Matthew Moore Score Composer
Charles Mudede Screenwriter
Jeff Sackman Executive Producer
Joe Shapiro Editor
Matt Sheldon Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Urman Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zoo
2. Being "Zoo" [6:00]
3. The Love of Animals [5:49]
4. Global Network [6:34]
5. Get-Togethers [5:31]
6. A Simple Community [7:33]
7. The Harsh Reality [6:20]
8. A Question of When [9:43]
9. Not Real [8:45]
10. Death of Mr. Hands [7:16]
11. No More Secrets [3:24]
12. Edge of Understanding [3:45]
13. Epilogue & Credits [4:31]

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Zoo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dreamlike imagery and a taboo subject matter combine into one of the most original documentaries in recent years. ZOO is an evenhanded look at what could have been mindless exploitation that leaves it up to the viewer to come to their own conclusions on the topic. Gorgeous cinematography highlights a very unique film, but be warned, this is not your typical documentary.