“When was the last time you stood up and applauded a movie?”
That was the tag line for 1973’s “Walking Tall,” but it just may work out better for the new film, “Fixing Fido” where the work of a Memphis animal lover, big-hearted veterinarians and volunteers make for a compelling story on a yet-to-be-released documentary.
Molly Mednikow’s family has been known in Memphis since 1891 when her great uncle opened a jewelry business in the city. The store is still thriving and still in the family. Molly, a 1986 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, left Tennessee after graduation to study in Atlanta. After getting her MBA, she opened a Mednikow store there.
Photographers know perspective is everything.
The photo above shows an oh too cutesy teddy bear for an obvious sweet fluff piece.
Change the perspective a bit and you see this is where someone woke up on a typical day and met with an untimely end.
Morgan Manning is a law student at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. One day “a police officer threatened to take my camera away for taking a picture of a bouncer aggressively shoving a guy out of a bar,” she says and due to that incident, along with advice from her Constitutional Law professor Glenn Reynolds, she decided what she calls “the war on photography” would be a compelling topic for class project. She highlights many instances of detention and harassment of photographers. It has been referenced in a Popular Mechanics article written by Reynolds and she hopes to have a shortened version published in The Tennessee Law Review.
“Since 9/11, police officers and private security guards have invoked blanket notions of ‘national security’ to prohibit constitutionally protected behavior. Both press and private citizens have been questioned, charged and arrested for taking pictures in public places of people and things that are in plain view of the general public,” Manning writes in her paper.
It is one of many ways September 11, 2001 changed our nation. But this is not an article on photography, the attacks or even the changes because of the attacks. What were we talking about and doing those days before the airplanes hit? Do you remember the news? What movies were coming out? What music was playing on the radio? Anyone remember who won the Titan’s first game of the season? A look through The (Nashville) Tennessean and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal shows what was going on in our world.
Thanks to Memphian Michelle Buckalew, those Tennesseans who bark, purr or chirp will get their recognition September 18 thru 26.
Tennessee Week for the Animals will honor, through many events, the role animals both domestic and wild play in our lives. A calendar of events is available on their website.
Buckalew is founder of Animal World USA, an animal advocacy group which is known for, among other things,, Animal World USA, an online magazine. “We started the magazine in 2003,” she says. As a former employee of Clear Channel, she understands the value of mass media in getting out the message. Soon after, the concept of the Week for the Animals was born.