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Film explores people’s attachment to pets

October 10, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will be screen the film "Furever," which explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet and the sociological evolution of domesticated animals in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit.

Prior to the 7 p.m. screening Tuesday, the LPCA will host a pet adoption fair from 4 to 7 in conjuction with the North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Tickets for the screening cost $6 in advance and $10 that day. They can be purchased by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518-523-2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.

"Furever" is presented through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's On Screen/In Person program, designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. The filmmakers - in this case director Amy Kinkel - tour with their films and work with the host sites to develop community activities that provide audiences context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film.

"Furever" features interviews with pet owners, veterinarians, psychologists, religious scholars and professionals in the pet memorial business. It confronts cultural assumptions regarding attachment and death, and studies the deep psychological and physiological bonds that form between humans and animals. How "real" is grief for a dead pet, and who decides what is acceptable or appropriate? The reactions of these owners 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.

Finkel is a designer, photographer, documentary filmmaker and writer. She is the founder and creative director of Sailor Beware, an agency that specializes in Web design and video work. She is an instructor at both New York University and Parsons, The New School for Design, where she teaches classes in photography, documentary filmmaking and Web design. She has served as a judge for International Documentary Association's Documentary Achievement Awards and for New York Festivals, and acts as a "doctor" for the New York Foundation for the Arts' "Doctor's Hours for Filmmakers." She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in design and technology from Parsons as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Connecticut College.

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