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The Elephant in the Living Room -- Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, director Michael Webber exposes the controversial American subculture of raising wild predators as common household pets.
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The Elephant in the Living Room -- Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets.  

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber chronicles the extraordinary story of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet; and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions that he loves like his own family. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry’s male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway.

Winner of 5 Best Documentary Awards, the film courageously exposes the shocking reality behind the multi-billion dollar exotic pet industry with stunning photography, inspiring storytelling and unprecedented access into a world rarely seen, right in our own backyard.


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  (in credits order)
Tim Harrison ... Himself
Terry Brumfield ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Clear ... Himself
Casey Craig ... Himself
Pat Craig ... Himself
Zuzana Kukol ... Herself
Raymond Little ... Himself
Scott Shoemaker ... Himself
Bill Stiffler ... Himself

Directed by
Michael Webber 
Produced by
John T. Adkins .... co-producer
Ross Hammer .... executive producer
Joe Kirby .... co-executive producer
Mark Morgan .... co-producer
Russ Muntz .... executive producer
Michael Webber .... producer
Original Music by
David E. Russo 
Cinematography by
Michael Webber 
Film Editing by
Michael Webber 
Editorial Department
John T. Adkins .... additional editor
Jimmy Fisco .... assistant editor
Barry O'Brien .... additional editor
Other crew
Alex Harrison .... production assistant
Karl Simanonok .... thanks: web support

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Rated PG for thematic material including some disturbing situations, mild language and smoking
USA:96 min
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USA:PG (certificate #46774)
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Best Film on Human and Exotic Animal Relations Ever, 30 May 2010
Author: monica_karaba from United States

I have been permanently altered by this documentary, one of the best animal and human relations films I have ever seen. Even two months after seeing it at the Sonoma International Film Festival, I keep reflecting on the many beautiful and heart-wrenching stories interwoven in this compelling and unbelievable tale of the lives of exotic animals and the people who buy and own them in the United States. It will open your eyes to the true cost of allowing exotic animals to be imported into our country. And the plight is not only for the animals but for the people who buy, love, and care (or try to care) for them. Compassion, courage, and candor are what make this movie so touching and real. You get more than just a passing glimpse into the lives of people affected by exotic animal ownership. You will come to love a real American hero, Tim Harrison, as he tries to walk the fine line between caring for both the animals and the people affected by the choices they make in becoming exotic animal owners. You will also be moved by the story of Terry, a man in Ohio who was given the gift of a lion cub one fateful day. What is so great about The Elephant in the Living Room is that the director, Michael Webber, clearly followed his heart in creating this film. Instead of a superficial story, he traveled all over the country painstakingly documenting and following the lives of some unique individuals and animals that you will never forget. Lambert the Lion will stay in my heart forever. Thank you for making this film, Michael!

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