Geralyn Pezanoski- Filmmaker, “MINE”

by | Feb 10, 2010

Geralyn Pezanoski–a filmmaker whose documentary, “MINE,” a powerful and poignant movie (airing Feb. 16 on PBS’ “Independent Lens)) that unfolds with both precision and scope as it tracks New Orleans residents who attempt to reunite with their pets after being separated amidst Hurricane Katrina’s devastation 

and with some of the animals being adopted into new homes–discusses the impetus for making the film, how she came to zero in on the people central to “MINE” (including 86-year-old Malvin Cavalier, pictured to the right with his companion, Bandit), the dispute over custody that erupted between the original companions of these animals and the new adoptive families, how those disputes were partly rooted in the larger problematic issue of animals legally being considered property, how she herself fostered and then adopted a dog as a byproduct of this experience, and more. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Paul Varghese’s “Pets” (

MUSIC: Mary Flower’s “Black Dog Rag,” Patty Griffin’s “I Smell A Rat,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog”

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