Tom Collier (Christian Pedersen) is a capricious thirty-one year-old publisher of the esoteric with an unprecedented knack for discovering fresh literary talent. A wanton playboy apparently unwilling to settle down, Tom shocks his moneyed father Rufus (James Laster), lawyer Owen Arthur (Konya Hood), and nosy neighbor Grace Macomber (Anne Bailis) by suddenly announcing his engagement to poor but eminently respectable socialite Cecelia Henry (Kristina Valada-Viars).
As Tom bids the Bohemian pleasures of youth farewell at Cecelia’s urging, he must navigate between “cashing in” and “selling out” as he seeks to reform his eccentric, polyamorous ways.
Tom’s oldest and dearest friends, boxer-turned-butler Richard “Red” Regan (Jeb Kreager), hard-living but brilliant novelist Joe Fisk (Frank X) and émigré violinist Franc Schmidt (Tobias Segal), see their best friend change for the worse, while Tom’s ex-lover Daisy Sage (Charlotte Ford) pines for the man she feels is her lost soulmate. . . . .
A fragmented whirligig of romantic intrigue, producer-director Andrew Repasky McElhinney’s fourth feature, Animal Husbandry is a word-for-word production of a 1931 play, preformed in modern dress, with the subtext reexamined to explore issues of race, class, gender and sexual identity in contemporary America.
Shot over the four seasons on dazzling locations in Philadelphia and the Catskill Mountains, and spanning a surreal timespace between the years 1931 and 2008, Animal Husbandry is an invigorating, expressionist appropriation of a classic romantic comedy.
Costumes and Décor
ANNA MARIA FRANGIOSA
Picture & Sound Editor
ERIC BOND HUTTON
ANDREW REPASKY McELHINNEY
Color / Digital Video / Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Total Running Time: 131 minutes, 45 seconds