Animal Attraction

The synchronicity between humans and their domestic animals is intriguingly explored in "Animal Attraction," Kathy High's personal documentary featurette. Low-key, nonsensational approach benefits pic which sympathetically yet skeptically scrutinizes potentially tabloid-silly notions of psychic linkage between man (well, mostly woman) and beast.

The synchronicity between humans and their domestic animals is intriguingly explored in “Animal Attraction,” Kathy High’s personal documentary featurette. Low-key, nonsensational approach benefits pic which sympathetically yet skeptically scrutinizes potentially tabloid-silly notions of psychic linkage between man (well, mostly woman) and beast. Already well-traveled on docu and gay fest circuits (latter due to implied yet unspecified lesbian identity of some interviewees), pleasing effort courts further exposure via specialized broadcast sales.

Perplexed by the insistently difficult behavior of her cat Ernie — duly seen here acting out in various ways, including stubborn settlement atop her computer keyboard — High finally succumbs to a friend’s recommendation of an “animal communicator.” That personage, Dawn Hayman, manages to curtail Ernie’s worst tendencies after just a couple phone calls with his keeper. Traveling to the upstate NY “nature preserve and animal sanctuary” presided over by Hayman and two other women, High discovers a fascinating macrocosm where myriad domestic species (dog, cat, horse, goat, llama) cohabit in apparent harmony, their individual concerns duly registered by telepathic communique with gifted humans. Believe-it-or-not aspects are soft-pedaled by filmmaker’s cautious p.o.v. and by subtly humorous presentation.

Animal Attraction

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Production: A Video Data Bank presentation of an Animals With Attitude production. Produced, directed by Kathy High.

Crew: Camera (color, vid), High, Mary Patierno, Tara Matiek; editor, Patierno; music, Mary Feaster. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 22, 2003. Running time: 60 MIN.

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