Dayton filmmaker getting wild in the house

Full disclosure- my name appears in the credits- my camera was used for the first two months of filming.

Mike Webber is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose credits include four theatrical films for Twentieth Century Fox and Lionsgate. With his latest film,  “The Elephant in the Living Room” Webber gives audiences a firsthand look deep into the most dangerous and fascinating subculture in the United States.

An award-winning documentary film about the controversial world of exotic animal ownership within the suburbs of the United States. THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM offers an unprecedented glimpse into the fascinating subculture of raising the most deadly and exotic animals in the world as common household pets.

Mike tells the story of two men in Ohio- one is Tim Harrison; a police officer, firefighter and paramedic for the city of Oakwood. In his career- Harrison has captured and rescued literally hundreds of escaped lions, tigers, alligators, bears, and the largest and most deadly snakes on earth, all in the United States.

The other is Terry Brumfield who has been an animal lover his entire life. But none of his pets compare to the love he has for his two African lions which were bottle-fed and hand-raised as cubs in his home.

via The Elephant in the Living Room | About.

Mike picked up a prestigious ACE award in 2008 from the American Film Institute/Discovery Channel/Humane Society of the United States at the SilverDocs Film Festival to help complete this important film in the international competition.

Please help Michael out by clicking through the trailer to YouTube and giving him a five star rating- and tell your friends about it. The film will be presented in Dayton on March 22nd at the Schuster Center. 100% of the proceeds of the showing in Dayton will go to the charity, Outreach For Animals,  that supports Tim’s work in dealing with these animals.

I’m pretty sure this is the type of thing that Film Dayton wants to do – and to promote. It will be interesting to see what they do to help pump up this local filmmaker who was actually rejected from WSU film school!

Mike has worked for over two years on this project- and has funded it entirely on his own. No requests for government handouts or special entitlements.

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