Film and TV

The Elephant in the Living Room lands at the Oriental Theater

Laws governing the keeping of exotic animals as pets vary from state to state in this country — and some states have no restrictions whatsoever, which means there's a vibrant subculture of raising some of the most dangerous animals in the world as common household pets. That's the premise behind the new feature-length documentary The Elephant in the Living Room, in which director Michael Webber follows two men integral to the exotic-animals-as-pets issue. Tim Harrison is a decorated police officer, firefighter and paramedic who has captured and rescued literally hundreds of lions, tigers, alligators, bears and deadly snakes in the U.S.; his story is counterbalanced by that of Terry Brumfield, whose two African lions were bottle-fed and hand-raised as cubs in his home. Webber tackles the controversy from both ends, and the result is a thought-provoking film that's already won several awards at small film festivals around the globe. See it for yourself when it screens at the Oriental Theater on Friday, April 8.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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