About the Film
Every year, five million dogs and cats are killed in animal shelters across the United States. Most were once someone's pet. NO KILL documents the unending tidal wave of abandoned pets in the city of Los Angeles and how animal services staff and volunteers deal with the constant threat of euthanasia. Witness an intimate portrait of the shelter environment through the eyes of four surrendered pets - Penny, Dotchie, Patience, and Rex - and what fate awaits them.
NO KILL also shows us there is a better way. The largest animal shelter in Reno, Nevada, has embraced the No Kill philosophy, a restructuring of how animal shelters are run in order to drastically increase lifesaving and eliminate unnecessary euthanasia. Capture a glimpse into how a No Kill shelter works through the eyes of a dog named Charlie, a surrendered Brussels Griffon.
NO KILL tells the heartbreaking but inspirational story that befalls so many animals every day.
About the Filmmaker
From Boca Raton, FL, Cristina has always had a love for animals, creative situations, and social issues. Now she finally has the great opportunity to combine all three passions into one important project, NO KILL. Cristina graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University, and is currently completing her MFA from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.
She has edited a number of projects for school, most recently OUR NECK OF THE WOODS, which was officially selected at Sundance 2009 and won the 2009 BAFTA/LA Student Film Award. She has also edited the incredible SAY AAH, a unique comedy that deals with the fear of the dentist. Other projects include the Coca-Cola refreshing Filmmaker's Award, and the short documentary THE UNTOLD STORY. She hopes to continue making films that help make a difference.