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Brooklyn Hipsters in Trouble for Killing Two Deer for Their Indie Film

First Winter
Ben Dickson

There’s a ton of laws and guidelines that you have to abide to whenever you’re making any sort of feature-length film. One of the biggest no-no’s that filmmakers tend to generally avoid is the killing of animals. Who wants to watch a movie where at one point an animal actually dies?

Apparently the filmmakers behind the independent thriller ‘First Winter’ could care less about people’s viewpoints on real animal deaths on screen. Why? Because they ended up killing two deer while filming their indie. Not a smart move, especially since they’re getting all sorts of hell over that decision.

It’s not like it’s forbidden for them to actually hunt and kill deer out in the far reaches of New York, but The Huffington Post reports they didn’t go through the proper certification to obtain a license in order to do so. All they had to do was attend a ten hour program that would’ve certified them. It’s not like they had to give a quart of blood or anything like that.

What makes this even worse is that director Ben Dickson had the chance to go ahead and prevent the deer deaths but for some reason decided against it. He deeply regrets making that decision:

“We are idiots. We didn’t know how to do this [hunting] stuff.¬†There were so many deer weak from the winter and getting eaten by local dogs we didn’t even think about it.”

Was it really that difficult to follow the rules? All it does is not only give the director a slightly bad name for making the wrong move but will probably detract from the overall experience audience members would get from watching ‘First Winter’ just because of that hunting scene.

‘First Winter’ will be debuting at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. (UPDATE: Tribeca has announced they’re canceling the premiere of ‘First Winter’ at this year’s festival.)¬† The story centers on a group of Brooklyn hipsters who escape to the countryside only to end up being without food, water or heat in one of the coldest winters in New York, leaving them all to adapt or die.

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