I spend far too many hours online roving far and wide across the interweb. One of my go to sites is the New York Times, where a very reasonable monthly subscription gives me full access to the latest news via daily bulletins, and years of archived articles and content.
I recently began exploring the OpDocs section of the NYT Online, and have enjoyed watching many great video's ranging in length from five to fifteen minutes. The video embedded below, Pickle, is a delightful look at the parents of Amy Nicholson, who made the film, but more importantly, she documents the many animals, rescued and otherwise, that Amy's parents have cared for over many years. With regard to the video, Amy writes:
For more than two decades, I have been visiting my dad’s farm on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, often returning to New York with anecdotes about one member or another of the unlikely menagerie that lived there. I would regale my friends with tales of cross-eyed cats perpetually on the verge of death, ailing chickens convalescing in the house or a paraplegic possum that fancied scrambled eggs for dinner. Practically all of the pets were rescues of some sort with various abnormalities, and the ones that didn’t cling to life well past their prime died prematurely.
I try to find a funny side to everything, and tragedy is no exception. This film’s unrelenting march of death has a light side, but hopefully between morbid curiosity and chuckling at the sheer volume of casualties, the audience will find a bit of themselves in this film. “Pickle” examines the depths of one couple’s devotion to their pets while exploring the complicated relationship that we humans have with all animals. If you find a hurt animal that you’re able to help, is it moral to come to its rescue, as we would with a human? Or is it true compassion to let nature take its course?
Amy Nicholson is a documentary filmmaker who lives in New York City. Pickle is her fourth film.
There are many other great short documentaries on through the New York Times OpDocs portal, and I encourage you to explore the collection on your own. As time goes on I will myself add more to this blog, if only to help spread the word about this great resource.