Betty Feeds The Animals

There’s a fine line between passion and obsession. That’s true in romance, but also with our family and our pets. In the short film, Betty Feeds The Animals, director James P. Gannon brings us into the world of Elizabeth Gannon. A mature woman who feeds any and all animals, who come by her home. Strays, basically.

The documentary short is a simple one. Gannon captures Elizabeth’s love and concern for all animals. Every day, she lays bowls of cat food around her house to feed the stray cats, possums, raccoons, coyotes, and even skunks. She spends a great deal of time each day for the care of these animals. No animal will go hungry. In turn, she also spends a great deal of her resources purchasing carloads of dry and wet food. This is her job.

“A mature woman who feeds any and all animals, who come by her home. Strays, basically…”

Love is the reason she does it. These animals are her second family. Elizabeth speaks of The Story of the Rainbow Bridge describing the afterlife and the moment she’ll meet all the animals she cared for. Is she crazy? Based on a nasty note she got from a neighbor complaining about the “shit” she puts out, some people absolutely believe she is. But certainly, Betty Feeds The Animals shows that heroes come in all packages.

Clocking in at nine minutes, James P. Gannon gives us the right amount of time to get to know and find admiration for Elizabeth and the work she does. The short is shot on film and given a stylized, early 80s treatment in titles and music. The short appears to be aged and worn down staying away from the clean, crisp images of digital.

Crazy? Obsessed? It’s clear that Elizabeth Gannon loves animals and could care less what we think of her.

Betty Feeds The Animals (2019) Directed by James P. Gannon. Featuring Elizabeth Gannon.

7.5 out of 10 stars

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