Approaching a community filled with so many rumors and misconceptions is no easy task. First time director Dominic Rodriguez is not without his own biases but instead of attempting to deny this fact, he faces it head on, unafraid to be shot down by his subjects. Fursonas is a whistleblower film that oscillates between the fantastic and the unusual, with moments of awe and wonder slapped against harsh reality. Whether or not you've heard of furry fandom, this documentary is a ride from start to finish. From the innocent to the tainted, the audience can delight in infiltrating the fun and sometimes dark secrets of an escapist community. Like a small town in middle America, you'll find friends in the most unusual places and unexpected enemies around every corner. Unlike a small town in middle America, you'll find Furries.
- Hilary Campbell, Slamdance Film Festival Programmer
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Dominic Rodriguez | DIRECTOR
Dominic Rodriguez graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Cinema & Digital Arts. He is currently working as a first-time director at Animal Media Group for his feature documentary F ursonas.
Olivia Vaughn | PRODUCER
Olivia Vaughn graduated from Point Park University's Cinema and Digital Arts Program in 2013. She recently produced several Animal Media Group films including ‘Alone’, ‘Echo Torch’, and ‘Third generation’. She is currently a Jr. Producer at the production company Animal, Inc.
Danny Yourd | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Danny Yourd is a creative producer and director at Animal. He produced the Sundance winning documentary Blood Brother, Crocodile Gennadiy (Tribeca 2015), as well as a wide range of previous work that took him all over the world. Danny received the usage of the p.g.a. mark by the Producers Guild of America for his work on Blood Brother and Crocodile Gennadiy. His directorial debut, a short documentary called Elgin Park, screened at over 45 film festivals all over the world.
Christine Meyer| EDITOR
Christine Meyer graduated from Point Park University's Cinema and Digital Arts Program, with a concentration in editing. She is currently a commercial editor in Pittsburgh PA.
Jordan Serra | CINEMATOGRAPHER
Jordan Serra graduated Point Park University in 2013 with a concentration in cinematography. He is currently a freelance cinematographer and graphic designer in the Pittsburgh area.