We are excited to announce the national release of SEE THE KEEPERS: Inside the Zoo on September 13th via Virgil Films. The film is now available to purchase or rent, as a digital download (with extras) or DVD on Amazon, Vudu, Vimeo, iTunes, and GooglePlay.
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THE KEEPERS had its world premiere at Nashville Film Festival in April 2015 where it won the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature. At the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November 2015, THE KEEPERS won awards for Best Hometowner Feature and the People's Choice Best Poster Design.
Press/media coverage of The Keepers: Co-directors Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge graced the cover of The Memphis Flyer, and the film was lauded in The Commercial Appeal. 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. Listen to the GoMemphis Podcast to hear what CA film critics John Beifuss and Chris Herrington have to say about The Keepers, and tune in to WREG Channel 3 to watch the directors on Live at 9 talk about the making of the film.
Click here to learn more about our world premiere. Our northwest premiere was at the Port Townsend Film Festival, where we recorded this interview with local station KPTZ. Our southwest premiere was at the Sedona International Film Festival.
See The Keepers
The Keepers is a documentary portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. The film is a bittersweet, nonjudgmental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.
The Keepers follows four different zookeepers and takes viewers behind the scenes, into zoo areas that are forbidden to the general public. In addition to learning more about these fascinating people, you will meet the big cats, giraffes, penguins, snakes, and Komodo dragons up close, on the other side of the zoo exhibits.
The main animal character is Kofi, a five-year-old male giraffe who has not been on exhibit for the past three years. Kofi's story illustrates the complexity of caring for animals in captivity and shows the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them.
The film is produced and directed by two Memphians, Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge, and shot entirely at the Memphis Zoo. It is an exclusively Memphis story with universal appeal, telling the larger stories of our relationships to work and animals.
Above: Keeper Lauren Caskey holds a baby Komodo dragon that has just emerged from its egg, while keeper Sara Hasenstab cleans its umbilical.