TIGER KING: MURDER, MAYHEM AND MADNESS—CAMPIEST TV SHOW (NETFLIX)
Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than this documentary series’ focus Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.
ACCEPTING THE DORIAN:
REBECCA CHAIKLIN, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-DIRECTOR
Before helping put the spotlight on the ridiculously eccentric—and not all-there—Joe Exotic, Chaiklin wrote and/or directed meaningful documentaries such as Lockdown, USA (in which Andrew Cuomo, Sean Combs, Ruby Dee and others discuss the movement to end the government’s poorly-executed war on drugs), Another World (about the Occupy Wall Street protests), and the peace-minded Beyond Right ad Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness. Chaiklin is also coproducer of Peter Marino: Beauty and Power, focusing on the revered architect and “best friend” of Andy Warhol and featuring comments from New York fancies like Naomi Campbell, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Jeff Koons.
Sources: Netflix; IMDB; GALECA.org.