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The Keepers is the result of a strong collaboration. Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge are a filmmaking team based in Memphis, TN. Selvidge has an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising, oral history documentation, and is known for her thoughtful historical films about Memphis culture. Larson is a writer and has worked in autobiographical film covering tough topics. She is attracted to nonfiction films and stories that concentrate on interesting subcultures. The Keepers, their first feature-length film, combines Larson's working-class Detroit background and Selvidge's southern sensibility in a viewpoint that can only come from the collision of cultures and a belief in the power of personal stories.


The Keepers is a portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. A bittersweet, nonjudgmental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.

Listen to our recent "Checking on the Arts" interview on WKNO, where directors Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge talk with Kacky Walton about the film and the zookeepers.

GoMemphis cover story in The Commercial Appeal

GoMemphis Podcast: The Commercial Appeal film critics John Beifuss and Chris Herrington talk about The Keepers and other movies you can't miss at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Cover story in The Memphis Flyer

WREG Channel 3: Live at 9 

Nashville Film Festival Article in Commerical Appeal

Women Filmmakers at Nashville Film Festival

Production article in Commercial Appeal

Daily News Article about Crowdfunding

Fundraising Article in The Memphis Flyer

Sara Kaye Larson & Joann Self Selvidge

Fred, Big Cats

Sara H, Herpetarium

Richard Meeks Credit: Sara Kaye Larson 

Lauren Caskey and Sara Hasenstab Credit: Sara Kaye Larson 

Erin Brown

Joann Selvidge films Richard Meeks

Sara Hasenstab

Kofi the giraffe