The film premiered at Sundance (alongside 15 others, beating out an additional 856) and offers a surprisingly sobering look at the life and death of a man whose biggest secret would have stayed a secret if not for his tragic death. It also explores the lives of the people who knew him around the time of his death. Despite the subject matter, the film is a slick and polished exploration of American culture, human sexuality, and the modern media.
This film provides examples of:
- Brain Bleach: The film itself is pretty tame. The incident that inspired it is not.
- Dramatization: The majority of the film features gorgeous dramatizations of the events described, some starring the actual people.
- Interspecies Romance: Gone wrong.
- Only in America: Subverted in that bestiality is practiced everywhere. That said, it still hasn't been outlawed in a few states.
- Not with a specific law, but animal cruelty laws usually still come into play.
- Out with a Bang: A tragic example.
- Paparazzi: While not celebrities, the two men who owned the horse farm are pursued by CNN. At one point a helicopter flies over their home while a cameraman takes pictures of them through a window.
- Scenery Porn: Considering the topic of the film, it is gorgeously shot.
- Shock Site: The video of Kenneth Pinyan's death was hosted on one of these sites.
- Small Town Boredom: Enumclaw, Washington is described as suffering from this. The boredom ends abruptly.