Welcome! In our film gallery, you will view groundbreaking work in the areas or short film and video. From the work of award-winning writer/producers to viral videos, these pieces are sure to evoke the animal lover in all of us.


Short Film

Dog Eat Dog

dog_eat_dog-Zachary QuintoWritten and directed by Sian Heder, “Dog Eat Dog” is a short film by Petsami starring Zachary Quinto of “Star Trek” and “American Horror Story” fame. Quinto’s character depicts a rivalry of a man obsessed with a dog at the local pound. Quinto stated, “this story is very close to all of us, as we have all rescued or fostered dogs over the years. The story of the film is an exaggerated account of how I eventually found my rescue dog, Noah, but it still reflects a bit of the reality I faced when I was looking to adopt a shelter dog.” DISCLAIMER: “Dog Eat Dog” contains language that may not be suitable for all viewers.


Watch “Dog Eat Dog” here:

©2015 Sian Heder and Petsami.


Whose Dog Is It Anyway?

WhoseDogIsItAnyway“Whose Dog Is It Anyway?” (an 11-minute short film) marks Cindy Chupack’s directorial debut. Chupak has won three Golden Globes and two Emmys for her work as a writer/producer of ABC’s Modern Family and HBO’s Sex and the City. Several episodes she penned were individually nominated for Writer’s Guild and Emmy awards. Other TV credits include Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach, and the hour-long romantic comedy anthology series Chupack created for NBC called Love Bites. Cindy’s St. Bernard, Tink, made Cindy realize that she was, in fact, a dog person, and inspired her to write and direct the short film, “Whose Dog Is It Anyway?”

In this charming and comic New York tale, Emma (Sarah Paulson), single, successful, and NOT a dog person, gets stuck with a dog because her younger married sister (Maria Dizzia) is pregnant with twins and moving into a dog-free apartment. Her sister insists that the dog is a good luck charm–he’ll help you find a man. And this turns out to be true…for Emma’s assistant (Christina Brucato).

Watch “Whose Dog Is It Anyway?” here:

©2015 Cindy Chupak.





Dogs in Cars


“Dogs in Cars” is a video shot by  New York-based filmmaker, editor, and director Keith Hopkin that features thirteen different dogs as they feel the breeze in their best friend’s car. It became a viral video sensation and has been described as “five minutes of pure happiness.” It has been tweeted by celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Drew Carey, and Ricky Gervais. The video was shot on GoPro HD and GoPro Hero2 and features music by “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.”



Watch “Dogs in Cars” here:

©2015 Keith Hopkin.


My Cat My Friend

MCMFThis video that beautifully illustrates the bond between humans and cats is The Animal History Museum’s first venture into film. Filled with stills of adorable and funny cats and owner interviews relating touching stories about the incredible relationships they have with their beloved felines, this film is sure to touch the cat lover in all of us.





Watch “My Cat My Friend” here:

© 2015 The Animal History Museum.


Savor Every Moment


Thanks to an artistic grant from Petcurean Pet Nutrition, New York-based filmmaker, editor, and director Keith Hopkin had the opportunity to create “something really special for (himself) and the pet owners of the world.” This short film, called “Savor Every Moment,” explores the inner secret that dogs and cats seem to possess in truly being able to enjoy life. It debuted during the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was an instant hit with pet lovers and pets alike. “Savor Every Moment” has over one million views on YouTube.



Watch “Savor Every Moment” here:

©2015 Keith Hopkin.




A Boy and His Dog

A boy and his dog

A Boy and His Dog is a final year, University of Hertfordshire production. The film won the ITV Award for Documentary at Visions Festival 2013 and has been nominated for a RTS Student Award and shortlisted for “Screentest Frst Award for Documentary. This film by director/Producer Jonna McIver tells the story of one very special boy and his equally special dog at a very special time in their lives.



Watch A Boy and His Dog here:

©2015 Jonna McIver, A Boy and His Dog.




Furever is a quirky, educational, feature-length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today, particularly their position as a family unit, and how this evolution is affecting those in the veterinary profession and the death care industry.

Watch a clip, here:

©2015 Amy Finkel, Furever.





scale-and-title-282x300Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

Watch clips from Speciesism: The Movie here:


Peter Singer on Pain

Dr. Milton Mills’ Thoughts on “Other”

Steve Best, PhD: “Animals are under attack.”

©2015 Speciesism: The Movie.


The Intelligence of Crows


Joshua Klein is a self-described hacker. He speaks a lot about hacking. He’s addressed audiences from TED to Davos to the CIA and NSA, and the thing his talks have in common is how to leverage innovation. From training crows to destroying the global financial system, new technologies and thinking like a hacker produces results.

Think hacking is only about computers? In this TED talk, Klein explains his project training crows to bring him money; an example of using systems thinking to create an innovative solution to an underexamined problem.

Watch Joshua Klein’s “The Intelligence of Crows” here.

©2015 Joshua Klein. The Intelligence of Crows.


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