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Rabbit Fever at the 2012 ARBA Convention

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The 89th ARBA Convention takes place this weekend in Wichita, Kansas (Oct 27-31) at the Century II Convention Center where one breeder will take home the prestigious Best in Show Fibber Cup and two teenagers will be crowned 2012 National Rabbit King & Queen. If you’re a serious rabbit fancier, you’re probably already there, but if you’re just new to this fascinating world, feel free to hop over and stay a while. The convention is free to attend for spectators who want to catch a glimpse of over 20,000 beautiful show rabbits on display.

Pickup Your Rabbit Fever DVD at the KW Cages Booth

Also, if you haven’t already purchased your copy of the Special Limited Edition DVD of Rabbit Fever, you can save on shipping costs by picking one up at the convention! A limited number of DVDs will be available at the KW Cages booth. Hurry while supplies last!

Special Screening at Deluxe Warren Old Town Theatre

Attendees of the 2012 ARBA Convention have the unique opportunity to watch Rabbit Fever on the big screen with friends and family at the Warren Old Town Theatre Grille on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm.

Eat Dinner While You Watch!

The Warren Theatre offers full-menu, food & drink service, while you enjoy the movie at your lush seat – equipped with a built-in tabletop. Take a look at the delicious menu here.

Screening Info & Tickets

The screening will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm (with social hour starting at 6pm) at the Old Warren Theatre Grille (353 N Mead St, Wichita, KS 67202). Online tickets are available now here – just click on the “Order Tickets” button. Hope to see you there!

Rabbit Fever screening in Seattle

Friday, October 5th, 2012

It’s been 6 years since I visited Ellensburg, Washington to film all 47 breeds of rabbits at the Washington State Rabbit Breeders Association Convention with the help of former ARBA president, Cindy Wickizer. It was fun seeing everybody line up with bunnies in their arms waiting to get on-camera for their big moment. Some rabbits loved the camera and posed gallantly, while others were either shy or more interested in chewing the green screen paper that was used as a backdrop. I also had the treat of meeting and filming some WA State Royalty winners – Ashley Reithmayr (Queen), Brian Nolan (King), Madelyn Copus (Duchess), Courtney Ferry (Lady), Autumn Dennistoun (Princess) and Wayne Heath (Prince).

Now, I’m very proud to announce two screenings that will be held this weekend in Seattle, WA as part of the Seattle International Film Festival – Film4Families series. Tickets are only $4.00! For more information, click here.

Screening Information

WHAT: Rabbit Fever – Presented by Seattle International Film Festival Films4Families
WHEN: Oct 6 & 7 at 1:00pm
WHERE: SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue North)

See some of the bunnies we shot in WA state here:

Former Rabbit Queen Contestant

Additionally, a special member of our “cast” is from Spokane, WA – Lindsey Lauterbach (former 1st runner up ARBA Queen). In 2009, Lindsey came to watch the very first private screening at the San Diego ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) convention and absolutely loved the film. She is currently married and happily living in Kojetín, Czech Republic. Lindsey no longer raises rabbits, but she gets the itch every once in a while. I guess that happens after you’ve caught Rabbit Fever.


Nov. 1, 2009 – Del Mar, California, USA – JEREMY COLLINS, LINDSEY LAUTERBACH and PIA ALVENDIA (l to r) watch the sneak preview showing of Amy Do’s feature-length documentary, ‘Rabbit Fever,’ at the American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention and Show.

4-H Kids Develop 5 Positive Traits From Raising Rabbits

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

I decided to produce the film, Rabbit Fever, because I became fascinated by the thousands of kids involved in showing and breeding rabbits. They all possessed a certain confidence and unabashed passion that I truly admired and found uncharacteristic for angsty adolescents. In fact, many of the top competitors seemed so articulate and mature for their ages, I felt like I was interviewing adults trapped in teeny bodies – not kids who might normally be snapping gum in my face and rolling their eyes at anything that reeks of educational activities outside of school.

When I asked how all of them got started with rabbits at such a young age, many of them attributed 4-H to their success.

As a computer geek growing up in a suburb near San Francisco, California, I never actually heard of 4-H until I visited the 2003 National ARBA (American Rabbit Breeder’s Association) Convention. It was only then that I learned about this vast organization that consists of 7 million youth, 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals, 90,000 clubs and more than 60 million alumni nationwide.


Pictured Above: Teenage rabbit breeders get a case of the giggles prior to the sneak preview showing of the feature-length documentary, Rabbit Fever, at the American Rabbit Breeders Association Convention and Show.

For those of you who don’t know, 4-H stands for: Head, Heart, Hands and Health and their mission is “engage youth to reach the fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” While 4-H cultivates various programs that focus on good citizenship, science, engineering and technology, I personally find their heavy focus on agriculture the most interesting and unique.


Featured Image: Napoleon Dynamite judges dairy milk.

In popular culture, you can see an example of an agricultural (or “ag” for short) competition in the movie, Napoleon Dynamite, when Napoleon judges and identifies dairy milk for the FFA (Future Farmers of America). The FFA organization is very similar to 4-H in that they organize learning opportunities and competitions on a regional, state and national level. Some kids will choose to raise and judge farm animals or crops, but a lot of other kids who don’t have enough land for such endeavors will choose to raise rabbits.


Featured Image: Redwood 4-H Rabbit Club

Although mastering the proper technique for responsibly raising, breeding, showing, and judging rabbits is enough to be an adult career on its own, kids who follow through with their 4-H program and successfully graduate to joining the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeder’s Association) must learn many “life” skills along the way. These skills become brilliantly apparent in the young cast of contestants filmed in Rabbit Fever.

All of this combined time and effort helps kids develop five positive traits to succeed and thrive in life:
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  • Self-motivated
  • Confident
  • Dedicated
  • Well-spoken
  • Goal-oriented
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In other words, if I ever have children of my own, you can bet that I will encourage them to participate in a local 4-H program.

I asked fans of the Rabbit Fever Facebook page to tell me how 4-H has impacted their life (direct source). Do you have any stories to add yourself?

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4-H member learns about showmanship and business raising rabbits

Rabbit Fever Special Limited DVD now available!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Reserve your copy of the Special Limited Edition DVD for Rabbit Fever now!

After almost 10 years, my journey with Rabbit Fever has almost come to an end. I am SO grateful to everyone who has supported the making of this film – the wonderful
cast and crew, my faithful family and friends, and of course, eager viewers like you who have waited so patiently to see the movie!

To order the DVD, click here!

Rabbit Fever showing at dine-in deluxe theatre in Wichita, Kansas

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Are you attending the 2012 National ARBA Convention in Wichita, Kansas this year? If so, you have the unique opportunity to watch Rabbit Fever on the big screen with your friends and family at the Warren Old Town Theatre Grille on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 6:30pm.

Eat Dinner While You Watch!

The Warren Theatre offers full-menu, food & drink service, while you enjoy the movie at your lush seat – equipped with a built-in tabletop. Take a look at the delicious menu here.

Screening Info & Tickets

The screening will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Old Warren Theatre Grille (353 N Mead St, Wichita, KS 67202). Online tickets are available now here – just click on the “Make a New Entry” button. Hope to see you there!

Hoppy Halloween: Pumpkin Pattern

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

For all inquiries about the forthcoming DVD release – hang tight! We’re still trying to nail down a deal with a distributor. If you’d like to be notified about the release date, please LIKE us on Facebook and/or subscribe to our newsletter (go to the homepage and enter your e-mail address in the form on the right-hand side). In the meantime, here’s a Halloween treat to all of you Rabbit Fever fans. This pattern was designed by the director of the film, Amy Do. Enjoy!

Download the Rabbit Fever pumpkin pattern here:
http://www.rabbitfever.com/RabbitFever_PumpkinPattern.pdf

‘Fever’ is spreading: February screenings

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Red rocks here we come! Rabbit Fever is proud to be an Official Selection of The 17th Sedona International Film Festival, named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine, which runs from February 20-27th (see showtimes & info ). Director Amy Do will be in attendance for a Q & A session after the screenings.

But before hopping to Arizona, Rabbit Fever will be making a pit stop in San Leandro, California for one night at the historical Bal Theatre, hosted by the 4-H Redwood Rabbits Club. This special screening is made possible by Sami Segale, 4-H Rabbit Leader and Pets Columnist at the Oakland Examiner and the gracious support of Dan Dillman, owner of the Bal Theatre and no stranger to the plight of indie filmmakers himself. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity, guys! For more information about the San Leandro screening, click here.

FOX News & Heartland Film Festival Experience

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

It was a whirlwind week leading up to the premiere of Rabbit Fever at the Heartland Film Festival, capped off by a television appearance on FOX 59 News (scroll down to watch video) and a glamorous black-tie Heartland awards gala that would give the Oscars a run for its money!


Photo Credit: Wayne Brown

“When I saw the stretch limo waiting for me at the airport after landing in Indianapolis, I knew that the rumors were true: the Heartland Film Festival really IS ‘Filmmakers’ festival!’ Not only is the staff the most helpful bunch I’ve ever worked with in terms of making the premiere of Rabbit Fever a successful event, but on top of that, they made sure I was pampered by offering me spa services (i.e. stress relieving massages, hair & makeup for the gala) and took care of my cast and crew members as well. You can tell how much the festival and its patrons really respect indie filmmakers, and that aspect alone made my decision to premiere at Heartland so worthwhile.” Director Amy Do says.

Red Carpet Gallery: View photos of the Heartland premiere event!


Director Amy Do & Cast: Johnny Haussener, Paula Courtney, Jeremy Garrett. Photo Credit: Paul To

Fortunately, all of the promotion that Director Amy Do set out to do – direct outreach to the Indiana state rabbit breeders and 4-H, TV coverage and speaking to an avid class of film students taught by Media Instructor & Filmmaker C. Thomas Lewis at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – really paid off.


Line up! AMC Castleton Square, Indianapolis. Photo Credit: Paul To

The theater was buzzing with bunny ear-wearing patrons, respectively quiet when the lights turned down low and you could hear a lot of gasps and heart-filled laughs at all the right moments. Afterward, the audience members enjoyed seeing three of the main “hare-raising” stars of the film, Jeremy Garrett, Johnny Haussener and Paula Courtney, join Director Amy Do up on stage for an engaging Q&A session. “I couldn’t have asked for a better audience,” Do says.


Premiere Screening, AMC Castleton Square, Indianapolis. Photo Credit: Paul To

Like the previous morning on IndyStyle (Channel 8, WISH-TV), Director Amy Do and Indiana rabbit breeders Jody Olson and Pam Batten set out to spread the word about Rabbit Fever, this time on FOX 59 News. After the segment, many people in the FOX News office and studio left their desks to pet the stars of the show – the bunnies!

Video of Director Amy Do promoting Rabbit Fever on FOX 59 News



Photo Credit: Wayne Brown


Photo Credit: Wayne Brown

Proudly sponsored in part by KW Cages & TV Coverage in Indy!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The World Premiere of Rabbit Fever at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival is sponsored in part by KW Cages (www.kwcages.com), the leading supplier of award-winning small animal housing.  Not only are KW Cages products naturally featured in Rabbit Fever, but I’m very happy that they are being so supportive in helping the film get off the ground by providing us with an awesome photo backdrop for our event!  KW Cages has provided animal housing for the hit Disney movie, G-Force, and the popular ABC television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

In other news, Director Amy Do and Indiana rabbit breeders Jody Olson and Pam Batten were featured on the the TV morning show, IndyStyle (WISH-TV, Channel 8), to promote the World Premiere of Rabbit Fever in Indianapolis, IN.  On-air personalities Andi Hauser and Tracy Forner were thrilled to have bunnies on the show, however, they didn’t forget to run a lint roller on their clothes to make sure that they were camera-ready for the next segment!  Scroll all the way down to see the video!

Photo Credit: Wayne Brown

Photo Credit: Wayne Brown

Photo Credit: Wayne Brown