Documentary ‘A Southern Fix’ premieres at the Capitol Theatre

Jessica Boyd • Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Wilson County residents were among the first to watch as Tennessee filmmakers Michael Samstag and Josh Gildrie travelled the country to interview animal protection leaders, animal advocates, veterinarians and other experts to get perspectives on a solution to the overpopulation and overproduction of companion animals and the subsequent killing of adoptable pets.

The documentary, “A Southern Fix,” premiered Friday evening at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon.


“A Southern Fix” is a 5,000-mile journey documenting and examining solutions to pet overpopulation and the subsequent killing of adoptable pets in the Southeast and beyond. 

Animal Rescue Corps, one of the groups featured in the film, has assisted law enforcement agencies across Tennessee in addressing more than 20 cases of cruelty and neglect in the last five years. It was ARC’s work in Gibson County during a 2014 puppy mill raid, Operation Home for the Holidays, that caught the eye of the filmmakers and puppy mills in Tennessee were heavily featured in the documentary.

“The facts are startling – approximately 3 million to 4 million companion animals are euthanized each year throughout the United States. That boils down to more than 9,000 animals every day, 399 every hour and more than six animals per minute. That’s too many,” said flimmakers Michael Samstag.

The filmmakers also interviewed advocates like Pam Grier, Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot with Animal Aid USA, Scotlund Haisley, founder and president of Animal Rescue Corps, leaders from Young Williams Animal Center, the Humane Society of the United States, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, the ASPCA and many others to hear from the frontline of the battle.

“I believe ‘A Southern Fix’ is an important documentary for anyone to see because it instills viewers with the knowledge they need to make responsible changes in their own lives and to take action to make necessary changes in our society,” said Haisley, who was at the premiere Friday night in Lebanon.

A Southern Fix is available to rent or purchase from vimeo.com on demand.

For more information about “A Southern Fix,” visit rescuedocsmedia.com.

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