Impact Spotlight: “Betty Feeds The Animals” by James Gannon

Betty loves animals, she loves them so much that everyday she puts 30 bowls of food outside of her home to feed them. She feeds skunks, raccoons, cats, foxes and the occasional opossum. This is her story.

Director’s Statement

“My goal when making this film was to make a movie that if a younger version of Betty were to see it, she would be happy with who she turned out to be. The first time Betty saw the film she cried, I think a 16 year old version of herself would be happy.”

About the Film

The Super 8mm short documentary follows Betty’s daily routine – preparing large amounts of food, placing in individual bowls, scattering throughout the yard, then cleaning up, and starting all over again. She spends a great deal of time each day for the care of these animals. 

Why does Betty do it? Love. These animals are her second family. She speaks of The Story of the Rainbow Bridge describing the afterlife and the moment she’ll meet all the animals she cared for. 

This 9 minute short is a simple but beautiful piece showcasing the profile of a woman making an impact one bowl of food at a time.

FilmUp Impact

Based on the themes in this short film we’ve paired it with The Four Paws Charity for impact. If this story touched you in any way here is a way that you can channel that energy into something good:



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Directed by: James P. Gannon
Starring: Elizabeth Gannon
Editor: Sam Goetz
Original score: Stephane Laporte (Domotic)
Sound mix/editor: Dan Dzula
Cinematography: James P. Gannon
Additional music: August Pappas & Ace Waters
Title Animation: Grier Dill

A Pocket Storms Production
Shot on Kodak Super 8mm 50D
Telecine – Gamma Ray Digital