The Animalis Fabula Film Festival Celebrates and Worries About Our Relationship With Animals: Check out some creature features this weekend – Screens


David Giovanni and his cat Lucky, two of the celebs of Cat Daddies, screening this weekend as a part of the Animalis Fabula Film Festival (Photo by Eric Yang)

The World Animal Awareness Society is an Austin-based nonprofit devoted to offering the sources wanted for worldwide animal welfare. This 12 months, the group’s impression is increasing with the in-individual debut of Animalis Fabula Film Festival, a number of various movies about or together with our nonhuman pals.

Festival director Tom McPhee stated that whereas the pageant is open to every kind of movies about animals, a lot of these submitted and chosen are activism-oriented. “Even the extra comedic motion pictures, they’re very highly effective and very potent and remind us of the connection we have now with animals throughout us.”

With a historical past of utilizing storytelling to amplify consciousness round animal welfare for years, a technique that WAWS was in a position to develop its presence with the distinctive movie pageant was by partnering with collaborators resembling Rainforest Partnership. The nonprofit works towards the conservation and preservation of tropical rainforests and will probably be displaying a number of movies from their very own curated program acquainted to Austin audiences, Films for the Forest.

However, the pageant may also convey new skills and views into the dialogue, resembling Cat Daddies. The debut documentary from Mye Hoang, it follows how males’s lives have modified due to their relationships with their cats. Hoang stated the function examines the connection between animals and gender roles whereas additionally taking a look at animals as an expression of compassion and therapeutic, and that this distinctive pageant is the right platform to highlight these points. “I’m very conscious of communities needing illustration and needing to really feel seen,” she stated. “I really feel that manner about Animalis Fabula as a result of I do know I’m going to have a superb time round 100% animal lovers. It’s a secure area. Cat individuals are typically thought-about bizarre, however right here we are able to placed on our cat T-shirts or our cat ears and really feel OK about it.”

Not each animal faces such a sort destiny from humanity. Michael Webber’s The Conservation Game investigates the darkish aspect of conservationism, particularly the plight of huge cats in American personal collections and the place so a lot of these animals come from. Producer Jeff Kremer stated, “The dialog isn’t just concerning the those that exploit these animals, however how our nation and the world view animals.”

With so many points and so many animals to speak about, McPhee stated he hopes the pageant turns into an annual occasion. “We need to take this Thanksgiving weekend and flip it right into a celebration of animals this Thanksgiving weekend and each Thanksgiving weekend.”

Animalis Fabula Film Festival screens at Highland Galaxy, 6700 Middle Fiskville, Nov. 26-28.

Free public screenings and occasions at Mueller Amphitheater at Lake Park, Nov. 26-27.

Filmmaker workshops at Holiday Inn Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, Nov. 27, midday-6pm; free and open to the general public.