FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 @ 7PM
Mature audiences only, 80 mins • Visit website
Chelmsford Center for the Arts • 1A North Road, Chelmsford
Admission: $10.00/pp or $5.00 with a donation of a bag of dog or cat food
» Purchase advance tickets online via MKTix
Special Pre-Show Film Short:
“Mike Thomas, Cemetery Guy” (5 min)
Directed by Erik Hansen
This fascinating excerpt from Hansen’s upcoming film showcases the humble and compassionate Mike Thomas, caretaker for 43 years at the Pine Ridge Animal Cemetery in Dedham, MA. Guest appearance and film introduction will be made by Erik Hansen. Q&A will follow our feature film!
Sixty-two percent of Americans have a pet, and they spent a total of $52.9 billion on their pets last year. Many judge pet parents who choose to memorialize their dead pets as unbalanced, yet religious or cultural rituals for deceased people often seem unusual to outsiders. How “real” is grief for a dead pet and who decides what kind of grief is acceptable, or appropriate? Rather than pathetic or morbid, these pet parents embody America’s muddled attitudes toward death and dying, touching on our collective fear of aging, and how that fear is shaped by the shifting influences of religion, technology, family, and money. Don’t miss Amy Finkel’s critically acclaimed documentary, straight off its 2013 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival premiere!