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The Tiger Next Door
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The Tiger Next Door
a feature documentary by Camilla Calamandrei
edited by Bernadine Colish

"The Tiger Next Door" follows the story of one man named Dennis Hill who has been compulsively collecting and breeding animals for over 30 years-- and has been actively breeding and selling tigers from his backyard in Flat Rock, Indiana for 15 years. When the film begins Hill has 24 tigers, 3 bears, 6 leopards, and a cougar and he faces an inspection by local dept of Natural Resources that may shut him down for good. As Hill fights to hold on to his tigers over the days and months that follow, "The Tiger Next Door" follows him - exploring his motives, his past, and the curious, ethically-murky world he's created in his backyard. At the same time, the film ranges far beyond Hill's animal compound, illuminating the connection between breeders like Hill, and the near-epidemic of wild animal keeping in the United States.

You can watch a trailler for the film at

Upcoming Screenings

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Missoula, Montana
February 13, 2010   6:30pm  
1100 seat historic Wilma Theatre
Tickets available at the box office before the show.
Information  (406) 541-3456  or

Lake County Film Festival
Grayslake and North Chicago, Illinois
(40 min N of Northwestern Univ)
Saturday March 6 &  Sunday March 7
Mid-Afternoon screening details TBA

Announcement to come soon
re FLORIDA screening in April!


Margaret Mead Film Festival
New York City, New York
November 13, 2009

Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock, New York
Oct 2 & Oct 3, 2009

Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Festival
Birmingham, ALABAMA
September 27, 2009

Atlantic Film Festival
September 25, 2009

Movies on the Grass
Manhattan, KANSAS
September 20, 2009 Sunset Zoo

Taking Action For Animals Conference
Humane Society of the United States
Arlington, Virginia    July 25, 2009

Indianapolis Int’l Film Fest
Indianapolis, INDIANA
July 20 & 21, 2009

Toronto, Canada
May 8 & 10, 2009

Please note:  DVDs of the film are currently only available at screenings of the film and at a few selected wild animal sanctuaries around the country. The film is NOT in general DVD distribution in the USA. Sign up for our mailing list and we will let you know as soon as they are. (We can, however, sell DVDs into Canada and other countries. See the box to the right).

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