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Past their Prime - Short Documentary

Past Their Prime

UK Premiere

12:00 Sun 8th Sept 2013 in the Theatre Screen
USA | 2012 | 23mins

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Past Their Prime takes a look at the world of geriatric zoo animal care at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, through Colo - the oldest living gorilla in captivity - on her 55th birthday celebration. Be it arthritis, heart disease, or decaying dental health, animals and humans have a lot in common when faced with mortality and ageing.



Country: USA


Produced, Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Becca Friedman
Score Composed by Dylan Glatthorn
Sound Department
Hunter Holcombe .... sound mixer
James Lebrecht .... sound editor
Major Tian .... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department
Hunter Holcombe .... additional photography
Christina Linda Lopez .... additional photography
Major Tian .... additional photography

Academic Advisors
Richard Berge (pre-production)
Bonni Cohen (pre-production)
Jon Else (thesis advisor, post production)
Jon Shenk (pre-production)
Spencer Nakasako (post production/story)
Joan Bieder (second reader)
Pam Dennis (content)
Karen Everett (post production)
Kean Sakata (technical)

Debby Ames
Lisa D. Cuffy
Jack Hanna
Dana Hatcher
Dusty Lombardi
Audra Meinelt
Jerry Seija
Scott Shelley

Archival Materials Provided By
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Cynda Simmons
Sutton Entertainment
WCMH TV, Columbus, OH
Wildsight Productions
Dianna Frisch

Made Possible in part by Grants From
Margaret and Will Hearst
Knight Program Travel Grant
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism