PETTING ZOO

PETTING ZOO

Seventeen-year-old Layla is a high school senior in Texas headed to college on a scholarship when an unex- pected pregnancy changes everything. Giving in to family pressure, Layla decides to keep the child and give up college and moves back in with her grandmother. When she starts seeing another boy and finds a new job, things seems to be looking up. Until something happens that, for the first time in her life, will shine an entirely different light on Layla’s world and become the first step to finding herself.

Micah Magee (Kansas, 1978) grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She was managing director of the Cinematexas Film Festival before studying directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin. She is co-founder of the Makrorama production company with her husband, Danish filmmaker Johan Carlsen. Magee followed up a number of short films that won awards at diverse festivals, including Oberhausen, with the feature debut Pet- ting Zoo, whose young cast, including lead Devon Keller, are all non-professional actors.

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