Living Things Approved By PETA
LOS ANGELES, CA, November 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — Wildlight Entertainment, LLC, the Los Angeles-based production company behind 2010’s thriller RULE OF THREE, recently completed production on a new feature-length drama titled LIVING THINGS. The film is about a vegan yoga teacher who finds herself alone at dinner with her tough-guy, war veteran father-in-law. Inevitably, the pair ends up discussing her diet, which leads to a debate, which leads to a verbal brawl.
Upon reviewing the not-yet-released motion picture, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) sent the filmmakers an official letter of endorsement, and enabled them to use their official seal of approval in conjunction with the film.
“We’re honored by PETA’s support,” says Eric Shapiro, the writer-director of LIVING THINGS. “To the best of my knowledge, there’s never been a film before with a vegan character who’s as vocal as the one in LIVING THINGS. Usually, if there’s a vegan in a movie, it’s some freak who’s off to the side talking crazy, just to get a laugh. We created a complex, intelligent, and flawed human being.”
Shapiro goes on to add that the film’s not propaganda. “Anyone who knows me knows I’d never let one character trample over the other, no matter what they’re debating about. The father-in-law gives as good as he gets. They have a real smackdown. The actor, Ben Siegler, who plays the meat-eater, told me he thought his character was right. I think the movie can get people talking about the issue. It’s also pretty playful and entertaining.”
PETA’s letter, which was drafted by Bruce Wieland of their Los Angeles office, reads, “We appreciate the strong case that LIVING THINGS makes for going vegan and that it does so in such a well-acted, engaging, and ultimately entertaining way.”
The letter then goes on to say, “From the meat industry’s rampant abuse of animals and the environmental devastation that it causes to the tremendous health benefits of a vegan diet, there are many significant reasons why going vegan should be at the top of everyone’s priority list. We wish more movies focused on this life-saving message in as compelling a manner as LIVING THINGS, and we hope this fine film reaches the wide audience that it deserves.”
At press time, LIVING THINGS is under submission to a variety of film festival and distribution entities, with production on a trailer and website underway. The film stars Rhoda Jordan and Ben Siegler, with cinematography by Ian McGlocklin and editing by Roger A. Scheck.
Wildlight Entertainment, LLC, is a motion picture production company located in Los Angeles, California, headed up by producers Eric Shapiro and Rhoda Jordan. Their mission is to create exciting, consciousness-raising motion pictures driven by strong characters and intelligent screenplays.