23 December 2010

Review of 'Bold Native' a film that follows animal liberator Charlie Cranehill

Bold Native, directed and written by Denis Henry Hennelly, is an important film to see regardless of your stance on animal rights. The film is about Charlie Cranehill, an animal liberator who is wanted by the United States government for domestic terrorism. After being underground for several years, Cranehill emerges to coordinate a nationwide action while his estranged CEO father tries to find him before the FBI does.

The film covers the different sides of the animal rights movement from abolitionists, to welfarists, and even those that don't quite understand. The arguments held among the different characters are the same arguments that I've held or witnessed since I opened my eyes to animal rights.

After wanting to make the film for about eight years and being unable to get Hollywood studio backing, the crew decided to shoot the film themselves. It was made on practically no budget and the crew was small, but Bold Native makes a huge impact. The documentary style keeps the film honest. Most of the cast and crew are vegetarians and vegans and even rescued animals held starring roles. For the animal actors, traditional methods of filming animals (such as using trainers) were not used. People that knew the animals personally were on set.

The DVD contains over two hours of special features which includes deleted and extended scenes, behind the scenes features, filmmakers' commentary, "Farm to Fridge Documentary" from Mercy for Animals, "Holy Crap I Wanna Go Vegan!" featuring Skinny Bitch author, Rory Freedman, NBA champion John Salley, and raw foodist Tonya Kay (who plays I Rock in the film), and "Where Are They Now," which highlights the lives of two of the animal stars, Jumper the Piglet and Casanova the Veal Calf.

The entire DVD is an amazing and informative experience, but it does not stop there. The Bold Native website presents information on how you can help animals and the Facebook page provides regular animal rights news updates. The film is available on DVD via the Bold Native website and on iTunes as a download and a rental (Visit the iTunes store and search "Bold Native.")

"We're all animal rights people. It just depends on your definition of animal."- Bold Native

Kristen McFarland | @MohawkedMaven
Kristen, a vegan from Cincinnati, Ohio, is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer. Follow Kristen on @Facebook.

Photo credit: Bold Native