issue #1




FILM         IMAGES        IDEAS




After nearly two years gathering interviews and footage from across the United States, the Moments Of Truth Project has begun publishing episodic films, a library of interviews and MOMENTS MAGAZINE, the new publication before you that each month will feature one documentary episode, one photo essay, and a short piece of writing around an idea. Together these works aim to shine a light on different facets of the human condition through the lens of our relationship with animals. 

In this first issue I am excited to share the project's new trailer, suitable for all audiences, featuring diverse and prominent voices from across the country, and scored by the music of Tom Brosseau, one of the great singer-songwriters of our time. To learn more about the people in this trailer as well as other project participants, you can visit the interviews gallery, where you'll find their bio pages and video clips.


ways of seeing

Wherever we are, we are usually not far from another life in motion. How do others experience the world? Hover over images for captions, and visit the Project Gallery to see more images from this series.

Wherever we are, we are usually not far from another life in motion.

How often we see images of the animals we slaughter and eat made up to like women on signs and billboards. This is a "tri-tip" food truck in Larkspur, California. The idea expressed in this image is that a cow named Trixie would happily serve dead cows to people. 

This small working ranch in Chileno Valley, California, opens for tours during the summer and fall. I volunteered there for a few seasons and got to know and become close to the ranchers and animals there. During tours, most children were either afraid of the resident animals, or eager to pet and hold them. It was the rare young person who had a quiet or reflective response. 

This sign off a two lane highway in Minnesota proclaims a  perspective that hunting, trapping and fishing is right. If Henry could read, what would he think?



"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."

    -- Mark Twain

I remember the moment when it first dawned on me that certain things were not as they seemed. I was young enough to be tucked in at night, and this particular evening it was my mother who came up the stairs, sat at the edge of my bed and regarded me with affectionate interest. 

"Why is God called 'He'?" I asked.

Year after year it hadn't seemed odd to me, and then one day it did.
This was the 1970s. My mother was a Smith College graduate who revered Betty Friedan. You would have thought this was right in her wheelhouse. But she was also an Episcopalian. At first, her expression of affectionate interest turned into amused pride. Then came vague puzzlement. And then just puzzlement. And there we waited. 

It happens. You learn your mother can be stymied. You sense religion has some holes. 

Fast forward to 2009. Reeling from the loss of my dog Sullivan, I found every possible animal activity to engage in that did not involve adopting another dog. I took up horseback riding and wildlife rescue. I worked on local farms and ranches. I got to know pigs, cows, goats and sheep. Consoled by the nearly constant company of animals, I began to consider a new career. 

Put key words "career" and "animals" together in any search engine, and see how fast you come up with ways and reasons they need help.

By 2010 I was in a predicament. When I looked at the industries and activities that harm and kill animals, I was unsure of what was more alarming, that it's happening everywhere, all the time, on an epic scale, or that it's always been happening everywhere, all the time, at an epic scale, and I never looked, or noticed.

Perspective. Latin roots: per 'through' and specere -- 'to look'.

Why is harming animals for human ends considered normal? 

When regarding our inner and outer worlds, and when looking upon other people and other species, through what filters exactly are we seeing? 

And what do you see?