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Your Mommy Kills Animals

Poster for movie
Directed by Curt Johnson
Produced by Indie Genius Productions
Distributed by HALO 8 Entertainment
Release date(s) July 20, 2007
Running time 105 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Your Mommy Kills Animals is a 2007 documentary film about the animal liberation movement directed by Curt Johnson and filmed in several locations across the United States. It takes its name from a 2003 Your Mommy Kills Animals PETA comic book.

The film reports on controversies concerning and within the animal rights movement. These include the external conflicts between animal rights advocates and medical researchers or restaurant operators, but also the internal disagreements within the animal rights movement, between the animal shelter operators and the confrontationalists who demonstrate outside homes of corporate opponents. The film also discusses the comparison between animal liberation activists and political terrorists, including the FBI's ranking of animal-rights activists as the nation's No. 1 domestic terrorism threat.

Your Mommy Kills Animals played in film festivals all over the world including:

Hot Docs Film Festival - Toronto, Canada

Fantasia Film Festival - Montreal Canada

Melbourne International Film Festival - Melbourne, Australia

San Francisco Independent Film Festival - San Francisco, CA

Boise Film Festival - Boise, Idaho

Argus Fest - Denver, Colorado

Burning Man - Nevada

Swedan Vegan Film Festival - Sweden

German Documentary Film Festival - Germany

Controversy

Maura Flynn and Curt Johnson agreed to make a documentary film focusing on PETA, which would take a critical view of the group's actions.[1] Corporate lobbyist Richard Berman invested $300,000 for the production of the film in return for the exclusive right to promote it.[1] Johnson later barred Flynn from involvement in the film, resulting in a film that gave "mostly favorable coverage of a different animal rights group".[1] Flynn, Berman, and their associates filed a suit claiming a declaration that Flynn was a joint author of the film as originally agreed, and damages awarded to Berman for Johnson's breach of their contract.[1] A jury trial granted both requests, awarding Berman $360,000 in damages.[1]

Berman appealled the district court’s refusal to include in the declaratory judgment a provision affirming that he has exclusive promotion and distribution rights to YMKA.[2] In the same order, the district court denied Berman’s request for a declaration adjudging him owner of the promotion and distribution rights, concluding that to grant Berman those rights after he had already recovered damages would constitute a double recovery. Berman now appeals that order.[2] The court decided against Berman's appeal as that would constitute a double recovery wherein Berman lost his appeal. Returning exclusive promotion and distribution rights in the film to Berman after he had been awarded any damages for their loss as part of the contract’s total breach would, as the district court concluded, result in a double recovery. Accordingly, the declaratory judgment entered by the district court is AFFIRMED.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e [ Berman v. Johnson (Ellis, J.) No. 1:07cv39, Oct. 19, 2007; USDC at Alexandria, Va]
  2. ^ a b c [ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Alexandria. T. S. Ellis, III, Senior District Judge. (1:07-cv-00039-TSE-TRJ) Argued: December 4, 2008 Decided: March 6, 2009]

External links

Official Website for the film Your Mommy Kills Animals

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