The Tiger Next Door

The Tiger Next Door

Director: Camilla Calamandrei Cast: Dennis Hill


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The Tiger Next Door

Dennis Hill is the sort of neighbor that might make some folks nervous -- he's a former methamphetamine addict with a long criminal record who runs with a biker gang and looks the part. But none of this bothers the folks living in Hill's Flat Rock, Indiana neighborhood nearly as much as his pets. Along with a handful of black bears and cougars, Hill keeps twenty-four tigers in his backyard -- he's obtained a breeder's license and sells baby tigers (which can fetch over $100,000 each) in order to support the upkeep of his other animals. Hill clearly loves his animals and cares for them, but he keeps his tigers in makeshift cages located in a residential district, and a number of the folks living around him worry about what could happen if the animals ever get loose. Eventually, federal authorities cancelled Hill's breeding licenses, and when an inspection by the Department of Natural Resources found that his facilities were not up to code, he was given the news that he could only keep three of the tigers. Filmmaker Camilla Calamandrei follows Hill as he fights to keep his animals -- a battle he believes is as much about personal freedom as the tigers he loves -- and the often dangerous world of keeping and breeding wild animals in the documentary The Tiger Next Door, which was an official selection at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2010
UPC: 0720229914246
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:26:00

Special Features

Bonus Scenes; Resource Guide; Filmmaker Biography

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tiger Next Door
1. Flat Rock, Indiana [7:13]
2. Tiger Business [6:23]
3. Suspended License [7:02]
4. If You Look Up, You're Going Up [6:27]
5. Harlem Tiger [7:08]
6. Selling Ice Cubes To Eskimos [9:11]
7. Operation Snow Plow [7:07]
8. Big Dad's Big Cats [6:14]
9. Loading Tazzie [9:37]
10. Zinni, Marcy, Tarot [8:25]
11. The Fight [6:01]
12. 3 Years Later [5:24]

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