The Tiger Next Door

2009 Alum THE TIGER NEXT DOOR Worth a Watch as a $0.99 Rental

If you haven’t gotten enough of the drama that surrounds the private ownership of big cats, and you’ve already watched the Netflix documentary Tiger King (2020), Indy Film Festival official selection, The Tiger Next Door (2009) (, is available on Vimeo for a 99-cent, 48-hour rental.

For several years, Director and Producer Camilla Calamandrei followed Dennis Hill, who makes a brief appearance in Tiger King. At the time of filming The Tiger Next Door, Hill’s backyard menagerie in Indiana included tigers, bears, leopards and a cougar. The documentary highlighted how he came to acquire–and breed–white tigers. It also includes a perspective of Joe Taft, owner and founder of Exotic Feline Rescue Center (, a sanctuary for big cats in Center Point, who is Hill’s rival in the film.

While The Tiger Next Door is “A great documentary on the stupidity of keeping wild animals as pets,” according to Bill Maher, Tiger King focuses more on the human drama of the people involved in the exotic animal trade: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, et al. Tiger King also features Tim Stark, who was recently in the news after he was ordered to shut down his attraction in southern Indiana (, which is just one of many controversies in his long list of legal troubles for how he treats the wild animals he shows off to the public. (

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Watch 2015 Indy Film Fest Selection ALMOST HOLY

From now through April 7, 2020, you can watch 2015 Indy Film Fest official selection Almost Holy for free on YouTube.  This gripping documentary from director Steve Hoover follows Gennadiy Mohknenko, a Ukrainian pastor who fights against child homelessness by abducting street kids. His tough love approach has made him a hero to some and a lawless vigilante to others. Can this self-appointed savior save his city?

If you attended back in 2015 and the title doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because it still had it’s original title Crocodile Gennadiy in our festival program.  Please support the film and the filmmakers by recommending it to your friends and then check out the director’s other IFF official selection Blood Brother which was part of our 2013 program.  If you missed the chance to watch it for free, Almost Holy is available for purchase or rental from several platforms.

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