In the winter of 2014, a tragedy struck Staten Island Zoo in New York City. During the annual celebrations for Groundhog Day, beloved groundhog Staten Island Chuck was dropped to the ground, dying a week later. Staten Island Zoo took a further six months to publicly announce Chuck’s death. This blistering exposé delivers justice to Chuck the Groundhog, exposing the truth about his death.
William K. Dozier III takes the classic narrative poem “The Raven”, by Edgar Allan Poe, impressing its themes of loss, grief, and the narrator's descent into madness following the death of his beloved Lenore onto the silver screen. Going into the psyche of a grieving man haunted by the memory of his lost love, Lenore. The narrator, a desolate and weary soul, seeking solace in his records to distract himself from the painful reality of Lenore's death. However, he is interrupted by a mysterious tapping at his chamber door, and when he opens it, he finds nothing there but darkness. But what was feared in the darkness, already made its way into the chamber.
A future husband has been chosen for Princess Alda; it is Prince Magnus. The King is getting ready for his daughter’s wedding and handing down the crown to his future son-in-law. Government ministers and advisors are making preparations for the royal nuptials. A circus troupe also arrive for the celebrations. A chance meeting between the Princess and a circus artist in the palace garden threatens to disrupt the wedding plans. The stranger gives the Princess a heart as a gift – because she does not know what that is. There is order in her father’s kingdom, and there is security – but no-one has a heart. The heart allows the Princess to talk with the grass, the trees and toads, and the silenced child inside her starts to remember her late mother. When the King discovers that, he gives an order to cut it out of her chest, but the royal husband-to-be hides the girl to fight for her new-found heart.
Four young people take a gap year after leaving secondary school. All four have a different personal story and therefore different fears, questions and wishes in relation to this special year. What drives the teenagers on the cusp of adulthood?
The Second World War shows itself to the people in all its terror. Bianca is a dog. Her Jewish family was deported. Hopeless, she wanders around the city, until she finds an abandoned child. It is a matter of a moment, Bianca rediscovers the joy of living, names that child Arf and decides to make him grow up among the dogs. So Arf grows up happily, until an SS commando discovers him and decides to deport him to a camp. There, Arf finds a new friends, the ferocious Dobermans of the camp, cause he knows their language. The military would like to eliminate him, when the Führer with his escort arrives at the camp by surprise…