Watch: Amy Nicholson's Short Doc 'Pickle' About Caring for Animals

December 6, 2016
Source: NY Times

Pickle Short Documentary

Pickle is a peculiar, amusing, quirky, entertaining short unlike anything else you've seen before. Made by Amy Nicholson, a New York-based filmmaker of docs and other projects, the short features her parents, Tom & Debbie Nicholson, who are dedicated caretakers of various odd creatures that "suffer from unusual medical conditions". The short film explores the "human capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted lives until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate deaths." Pickle was a fish that couldn't swim; they also cared for an obese chicken, a cat with a heart condition, a non-buoyant goose, and a paraplegic possum. This unusual but heartfelt short deserves a small piece of your time. Watch below.

Pickle Poster

Official description: "Pickle is an ode to man's capacity to care for all creatures throughout their sometimes greatly protracted existence until their occasionally sudden and unfortunate demise." Spanning 25 years of marriage, the short doc is an accounting of the wide range of pets collected by a couple with a penchant for rescuing animals. Pickle is directed by Amy Nicholson, not to be confused with the film critic of the same name. You can follow Amy on Twitter @filmsbyAmy. "The films namesake, Pickle, was a fish born without the ability to swim. He spent his existence propped up in a sponge to keep him from sinking to the bottom of the aquarium." For more info, head to NY Times or to Facebook. For more shorts, click here. Your thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 3 Comments


We love our animals, but few think to all the animals that must go to slaughter to feed Fido, Mr. Boots and Fefe. I think that would make kind of an interesting doco, actually.

DAVIDPD on Dec 6, 2016


I like the concept. Sounds very Black mirror.

tarek on Dec 7, 2016


I liked it!

ff on Dec 21, 2016

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