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Note from the Director: Why This Film?

While shooting my film, The Last Pig, we filmed eight young pigs who were saved from slaughter. I was deeply moved by their stories and by the sanctuaries that rescued them.


A year later, Paul and Lenore attended a screening of The Last Pig. After the film, Paul told me about their refuge and his “animal-centered design.” I fell in love! I could perfectly picture a film about his beautiful architecture and their work to meet the needs of each individual animal they rescue. Cut to...

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We began shooting Beyond the Farm pre-pandemic, with good intentions but no funding. With a bit of help from an angel, we were able to film again in September. We now have two shoots under our belt and are on the final leg of production. While we wait for the Refuge to complete construction on the cow “house,” we’re busy raising funds for our final shoot, which will capture the moment the rescued cows arrive at their new home. 

If you're inspired to help us complete this film, click HERE to DONATE ♥
Learn more about Paul’s designs here.

The dark side of animal rescue…

Factory farming is fueled by an ever growing demand for cheap meat. Factory farms place sensitive animals at the center of a cruel system designed to maximize profits, and animals are raised to become products as swiftly as possible. From birth to an early death, the conditions in which these animals exist is inhumane, causing both physical and mental harm.

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It’s important to note that small-scale “humane” and “farm to table” farming does not ensure it's cruelty free. It’s not uncommon for "backyard farms" to be shut down by the USDA for animal abuse.


A growing trend in backyard farms has led to an increase in farm animal cruelty cases. With small scale farming, many people find themselves in over their heads; the animals are often malnourished and require medical treatment. This places an even greater burden on those who rescue them. 

Photos: WeAnimalMedia


Shifting to a plant-based diet mitigates animal suffering, depletion of

natural resources and damage to the earth's environmental health.