Animal Attraction

Kathy High

2001, 59:00 minutes, colour, English


A documentary about the relationship between people and animals, questioning the way we project our hopes and desires onto our pets, imbuing their gestures with human qualities and attributes.

The tape was inspired by the plight of the filmmaker who was frustrated by the obnoxious behaviour of her cat, Ernie. As a last resort, she gave in to a friend's suggestion to contact an animal communicator.

This is her journey following an interspecies telepathic communicator, Dawn Hayman, from Spring Farm CARES, an animal sanctuary in upstate New York. Both the filmmaker and the viewer become involved in a complex examination of our relationship to "nature".

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Critical Writing

Filmmaker's Pet Project is Part of 'Digital Divas'
by Alison Macor. Austin-American Statesman, Sept. 6, 2001.