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A story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas.

Petting Zoo is an independent feature film about a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances.


Directors Statement

Petting Zoo was filmed in the places of my childhood, where my teenage cousins are now: high schools built by prison architects, trailers, rock bars, abandoned half-built subdivisions, the corporate parks between the fields. Woven through the film are the following important elements: feeling when you wake up that you are not sure if you are forgetting who you really are, maybe you are really more real someplace else and you are forgetting the most important thing. What is that most important thing? Something is slipping away from you. It is a bothersome feeling. Especially combined with the feeling that life is hurtling you through time and space in a direction you aren't sure you want to be going. The difference from feeling like you have ambition in life and suddenly feeling like it doesn't matter; you're stuck where you are. Giving in to the surroundings. Cultural inheritance. Body: sex doesn't matter, friendship does. As a teenage girl sometimes you have sex before it means anything to you. Your body is just beginning to be yours. As a pregnant teenager your body changes all over again. At the same time: sex does matter. As a teenager you're totally obsessed with sex. It's all around you. You don't know what it is.


"A piercingly authentic, diamond-in-the-rough debut"

Peter Debruge, Variety Magazine



Layla Devon Keller Melanie Deztiny Gonzales Aaron Austin Reed Danny Kiowa Tucker Danny’s Brother Matthew Peck Grandma Adrienne Harrel Aunt Jeanie Emily Lape Uncle Doug Cory Criswell Layla’s Mother Ellen Archer Layla’s Father Chris Olson School Counselor Jocko Sims School Nurse Dana Montana Doctor Elle La Mont Diner Manager Juston Street Danny’s Father Chris Doubek University Admissions Gloria Holder Kids in Apartment Marcos Martinez, Jasmin Alexander, Langston Bauer, Damani Gibson, Jeremy Hollins, Jasmin Skloss Harrison Live Band Girl in a Coma


Written and directed by Micah Magee Produced by Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Johan Carlsen, Friederike Sophie Steinbeck, Athina Rachel Tsangari Cinematographer Armin Dierolf Assistant Camera Agnes Pakozdi Gaffer Kerstin Pommerenke Location Sound Mixer and Boom Operator Manja Ebert Production Designer Utah Snyder Costume Designer Joshua Hurt Editors Chris Wright, Johan Carlsen, E.G. Bailey Graphic Designer Kim Köster Sound Design Clemens Nürnberger Recording Mixer Alexandre Leser Digital Colorist ARRI Steffen Paul Catering La Fonda


Best Actress Thessaloniki International Film Festival Best Actress Premiers Plans d’Angers Best Director Munster International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature and Best of Show Bend International Film Festival Best Screenplay Studio Hamburg Award 2015 Perspective of Young Cinema Award Five Seas International Film Festival Audience Award Pesaro International Film Festival Selected Nominations Best First Feature Berlinale International Film Festival Best of Texas, Best Female Director SXSW Best Film, No Fear Award First Steps Awards Carmel Award, Best International Film Haifa International Film Festival Best International Film Mostra Sao Paulo International Film Festival Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay Kinenova International Film Festival Best Director, Best Feature, Best Screenplay Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé


Panorama Special, Berlinale International Film Festival - SXSW - Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Thessaloniki International Film Festival - Premiers Plans d’Angers - Goteborg International Film Festival - Seville International Film Festival - CPH PIX - Ankara International Film Festival - Five Seas International Film Festival - La Vie del Cinema Milan - Munster International Film Festival - Bend International Film Festival - Pesaro International Film Festival - Kerala International Film Festival - Beijing International Film Festival - Haifa International Film Festival - Mostra Sao Paulo International Film Festival - Champs-Élysées Film Festival - Kinenova International Film Festival - Festival International du Film de Femmes de Salé - Festival du Nouveau Cinema

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Buy the Movie

Pre-order Petting Zoo on iTunes directly here. Coming soon in selected regions on Netflix, Amazon and Google Play. To see the film in a cinema, contact your local distributor (Bodega France, Peripher Germany, ABC Netherlands, LookNow! Switzerland, FilmsWeLike Canada) or The Match Factory International Sales.


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San Antonio {Texas}

29° 26′ N, 98° 30′ W

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Aaron Weiss
Ana Lessing
Angelica C Ibezim
Anna Brandt
Anna Ramella
Anna Sofie Hartmann
Annalisa Barelli
Anton Gonyon
Barbara Magee
Barbara Steinbeck
Benjamin J Mailloux
Bernhard Dierolf
Bethany G. Malmgren
Bob Sawey
Cameron Magee
Catherine und Jens Mackensen
Christie Tam
Christoph Kurrle
Connor Projects Ltd.
Craig Barnstrom
Daniel Bickermann
David A. Lottes
David Keitsch
Debra Spiro-Allen
Diane McCorkle
Donald Leffler
Dr. Bill Pabst
Dr. Carolin Mueller
Dr. Ria Dudenhausen
Elisabeth E. Holm
Emilie Arfeuil
Eric Bersch
Eva Stotz
Fat Chance Flix
France Orsenne
Frank Detlef Behnke
Franziska Steinbeck
Freddy Lopez
Gabrielle Reisman
Gert Hartmann
Gregor Hutz
Gregory B. Gilpatrick
Heidi Steinbeck
Heiner Blümer
Hellmut Naumann
Isabelle Jean-Louis
J. H. Ferguson
J. Hoehn
Jacqueline Passmore
James Turnbull
Janek Hermann-Friede
Janin Halisch
Janine Ploetz
Jason Bell
Jennifer Hussey
Jill Emerson
Johannes Kullen
Jonathan Calos
Judith Dannhauer
Juli Schymik
Juliane Friedrich
Kaaren Peck
Karen M. Skloss
Kathleen M. McNamara
Katinka Narjes
Katrin Dierolf
Katrina D. Mukherjee
Kevin Magee
Konrad Koeppel
Kurt Blässing
Lambert Media Team
Leticia Rocha
Linda Kruse
Linus de Paoli
Lisa Bierwirth
Lisa M. Jiardini
Lisa Theobald
Lynda Caccamo
Maja Korsch
Margit Kullen
Marisa DeBow
Mark Van Wormer
Markus Koob
Martin Danisch
Mary Hays
Mathias Bertram
Melissa Salmon
Michael Bernardin
Michael Cain
Michael Kotschi
Mocha Jean Herrup
Nathan Malmgren
Nicolas v. Wackerbarth
Nora Grabowski
Peter Schilling
Philipp Kullen
Robert Joe
Roger Evans
Rowan Magee
Sarah Pabst
Stefan Haack
Stefan Steinbeck
Stephen McCarthy
Susan L. Lauther
Suzette Baer
Tobias Klingelhoefer
Tom Akinleminu
Trigantic Productions
Ulrike Zinke
Viola Fügen
Viola Retzmann
Wiebke Scherenberger
Wolfgang Aldag
Yvette Benavides