Moments Of Truth

Filmmaker Caroline Kraus and her dog Henry downsize to a Jeep and travel throughout the US to explore some of the reasons and ways animals are involved in human pursuits. The result is a meditative journey that stimulates questions about how we view and consider other beings.

  • Caroline Kraus
    Director
  • Caroline Kraus
    Cinematographer
  • Caroline Kraus
    Editors
  • Caroline Kraus
    Writer
  • Caroline Kraus
    Producer
  • Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach
    Original Score
    Crip Camp, Bathtubs Over Broadway (MORE: https://www.jbm.design/)
  • Post Production Sound: IMRSV Sound Rerecording Mixer: Greg Francis Sound Design: William Sammons Supervising Sound Editor: Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach
    Sound
    Crip Camp, Minding the Gap (MORE: https://www.berkeleysoundartists.com/)
  • Carl Safina
    Key Cast
    Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina
  • Peter Singer
    Key Cast
  • Joel Salatin
    Key Cast
    Food, Inc
  • James McWilliams
    Key Cast
  • Shirley McGreal
    Key Cast
  • John Gluck
    Key Cast
  • Will Tuttle
    Key Cast
  • Kim Sturla
    Key Cast
  • Aysha Akhtar
    Key Cast
  • Sandy Bonelli
    Key Cast
  • Keli Hendricks
    Key Cast
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Caroline Kraus

Caroline Kraus is a writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Northern California. Her film Moments Of Truth explores the ways we relate to animals and the natural world.

In addition, Kraus is the author of Along the Borderlines, a memoir.

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Director Statement

In the fall of 2015, conditions arose that drew me out of my conventional life and onto the road full time, with cameras, a laptop, my dog Henry and little else.

My Bay Area rent had soared beyond my means just as the seeds of this film were taking root, and I felt propelled to give up my apartment and downsize to fit my Jeep and move forward with my film.

For years leading up to this time I had been volunteering on local farms and ranches and participating inside the competitive horse world. As I fell in love with these activities and places, I also saw firsthand the dilemmas that arise when animals become part of human industries. Even in the most caring environments, the conflicts of interests that I saw unsettled my conscience, surfacing questions about the ways and reasons we appropriate other lives.

By 2016, I had conceived of a documentary project that would explore this relationship, and with stops planted across the U.S, Henry and I set off on a three-year adventure that I filmed, edited, wrote and produced, resulting in the feature length film MOMENTS OF TRUTH.

Filmmaking is one of my lifelong passions. As a child and through my teens I lived and breathed movies, and I made short films and wrote screenplays. I earned a Masters degree in Media Studies from the New School in New York City, where I discovered and developed creative approaches to the documentary form.

For most of my career I have created websites and multimedia for companies, universities and nonprofits. Now I am eager to share my first independently produced film as well as a companion book. I hope these works can inspire viewers to feel as curious as I am about one another and the ways we are connected.