FUREVER is a feature length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet and the myriad ways they choose to memorialize them. Filming brought us all over the U.S.: Rural Pennsylvania (Mac’s Taxidermy and Freeze-Dry, DNA2Diamonds), Salt Lake City (Summum), Las Vegas (The International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association’s annual conference at the Mandalay Bay), Los Angeles (The Museum of Death, Laura Glusha, Peternity.com, Claire Gillenson, Game Master Pet Taxidermy, Pet Cloning, Pet Psychic Melissa Bacelar), San Diego (Heartsong Memory Beads), Santa Barbara (Memory Glass), New Jersey (Pet ash tattooing), North Carolina (John Woestendiek, author of Dog, Inc.), Washington State (Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Sociologist Pepper Schwartz), Boston (Professor Kimberley Patton, Harvard), New York (Neuticles, Park East Veterinary Hospital), and Chicago (Hinsdale Animal Sanctuary). Learn more about the film here.
Below you’ll find photographs that I took in and around Salt Lake City, as well as of Summum (and its pyramid), a religion and philosophy founded in 1975 in Salt Lake City that draws upon Ancient Egyptian mummification practices. In SLC, we also visited the World’s first KFC restaurant, the famous Harman Cafe. To view photos from the rest of the FUREVER shoots, please click here.
2012 / Salt Lake City, UT