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Pickle (Amy Nicholson | USA | 16 min.)
Pickle is a recounting of the history of a wide range of rescued pets belonging to a couple with a penchant for animals that spans the length of their 25-year marriage.
For no particular reason, all of the creatures in Tom & Debbie’s menagerie seem to suffer from an unusual medical condition, or a tragic, unexpected demise. Or both. Ironically, they are too often the casualties of attacks by other animals. Depending on how you look at it, they are either very lucky or very unlucky.
The film’s namesake, Pickle, was a fish born without the ability to swim. He was kept propped up in a sponge to keep him from sinking to the bottom of his aquarium. Pickle was lovingly attended to, along with an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, a duck that raised chickens, and a paraplegic possum that demanded scrambled eggs for dinner.
Pickle explores the human capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted lives until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate deaths.
Amy Nicholson is a documentary filmmaker and fugitive from the world of advertising.Over the last decade, she has produced and directed several documentaries.
Her award-winning short, BEAUTY SCHOOL, premiered at Hot Docs, entertained passengers on Virgin Atlantic and was broadcast on PBS. Her first feature-length project, MUSKRAT LOVELY, premiered in competition at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and won a coveted slot on the Emmy Award- winning Independent Lens. Her second feature, ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND’S LAST WILD RIDE, sold out at DOC NYC, was extended twice at the IFC Center and was broadcast on WNET/PBS. It also qualified for an Oscar.
Amy’s films have been reviewed by Variety, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She continues to dabble in advertising as a creative and commercial director. PICKLE is her fourth film.