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THE ANIMAL PEOPLE

More than ten years in the making, the feature documentary THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, from directors Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly, follows the journey of six young activists who find themselves indicted as terrorists by the United States government. The reason for their indictment: the activists' leadership of a controversial protest campaign aiming to close down one of the largest animal testing laboratories in the world. The activists used the then fledgling internet to dramatically magnify their impact and systematically knocked down pillars of financial support for the lab. But when protests began to mushroom into dead-of-night vandalism and worse by unknown underground elements, the FBI stepped in. The Bureau began an unprecedented campaign of surveillance, creating a model that would later be used against Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. The United States Congress, under corporate pressure, rewrote laws in specific preparation for prosecution, potentially weakening free speech rights for all Americans. 

 

Featuring expansive interviews with the six activists spanning more than a decade, rare archival footage – including never-before-seen surveillance footage, wiretaps, and government documents - The Animal People is a chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.

Directed by

Casey Suchan 

Denis Henry Hennelly

 

Executive Producer

Joaquin Phoenix

 

Produced by 

Mikko Alanne ...producer

James Costa...executive producer

Jorja Fox...producer

Sasha Perry...producer

Andy Roth...producer

Ari Solomon...producer

Casey Suchan...producer

Hal Weiss...producer

 

Original Score by

Patrick Loghetti

Joaquin Pastor

 

Film Editing by 

Sasha Perry

Brian Palmer

 

 

Sound Department 

Ryan Cole...dialogue editor 

Polly McKinnon... dialogue editor

Bob Kellough...sound design & mixer

 

Graphics by 

Mindbomb Films

 

Editorial Department 

Kelly Reese...colorist

 

Publicist

Annie Jeeves

 

 

Reviews

“POWERFUL… COMPELLING… HIGHLIGHTS A PIVOTAL CASE”

Sightlines Magazine

 

 

“INCREDIBLE”

Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle

 

“EYE-OPENING… will stick with you long after you've watched.”

Shuffle

 

 

Running Time

1 hr 36 min (96 min)

Official Facebook

@theanimalpeopledoc

Los Angeles Premiere Date 

Saturday November 30 @ 7:30P

Venue

AMC Broadway 4

1441 3rd Street Promenade

Santa Monica CA 90401