Filmmakers host award-winning animal rights documentary


Binghamton University will host a screening of the award-winning animal rights documentary Peaceable Kingdom at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Lecture Hall 7. The screening is free and open to the public.

After the screening, audience members will be able to get to share their reactions to the documentary during a question-and-answer session with filmmakers James LaVeck and Jenny Stein. Also in attendance will be one of the film's subjects, Howard Lyman, a fourth-generation rancher who quit farming and wrote the book, Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat.

Peaceable Kingdom profiles ordinary people whose lives have taken an extraordinary turn as they uncover and expose the injustices around the use of animals in industry. At a time when public health concerns around factor farming practices are at a peak, Peaceable Kingdom offers firsthand testimony both from family and factory farmers who break generations of silence about how things on the farm have gone terribly wrong.

Selling out 10 days before the event, the world premier of Peaceable Kingdom at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center drew an audience of 1,100. Attendees at the February 28, 2004, event included several U.S Congress members, TV journalist Bill Moyers, and musical artist Moby. It had sold-out screenings in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, was accepted to seven film festivals and has had several community viewings.

Peaceable Kingdom is the second documentary from producing/directing team LaVeck and Stein. Their first documentary, The Witness, was featured in 24 film festivals and received eight awards including best documentary awards at the Brooklyn Film Festival and the New Jersey International Film Festival.

The event is being hosted by students in the Binghamton Scholars program. For more information, contact Francine Montemurro at or George Catalano at or 607-777-2388.

Last Updated: 9/17/13