WHAT IS THE MOMENTS OF TRUTH PROJECT?
The Moments Of Truth Project is a traveling documentary series that explores the ways we live and work and relate to each other and the natural world. Filmed on locations throughout the United States, the series produces interviews and short films as well as feature length documentaries. The first feature-length documentary, due out in 2018, focuses on our relationship with animals, taking viewers into the connected ways that industry, politics, technology, capitalism, media and religion influence our attention, awareness and actions. I'm Caroline Kraus, and I created the series in 2015, serving as the project's cinematographer, photographer, writer, editor, web designer and producer, along with Henry, an adopted Shepard who by nature makes everything more fun and interesting. The project produces photo essays and books as well as the interviews and films.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THIS PROJECT?
I was propelled by a combination of wanderlust, curiosity, and a desire to connect my life experience with the concerns and experiences of others. Through the project's ongoing stories and encounters, I hope to bring viewers and readers along on a fun adventure of discovery, peering into the ways society works, and how it influences our options, beliefs and quality of life. This project is also born out of a question that so preoccupied me I needed to track down the answer. The question was why do we humans willingly use other animals for our needs, even when this is harmful to the animals, our planet and ourselves? My own awareness of the costs associated with using animals had dawned only after a compelling firsthand experience when I was well into adulthood. The experience jolted me into seeing our use of animals differently, and provoked the unsettling question of how I was able to overlook this predicament for so long. The confluence of all of these factors set me out on the road in 2015 with Henry to gather the first material for what I knew would be the project's first topic - the intersection of humans and animals. Because this topic reaches into virtually all sectors of human life, from economics and industry to health, politics, religion and science, it has created a deep well of images, interviews and experiences with which to launch the series, and after creating the short films, book and feature documentary associated with this first topic Henry and I will head back out to continue to look at these areas of life and others through new lenses, people and ideas.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHO IS FEATURED IN THE PROJECT?
Sometimes opportunities arise spontaneously - for instance once while fueling up at a gas station in South Dakota, I discovered that the station doubled as a trophy hunter's personal museum. It turned out the owner/hunter was also a veterinarian, and he was open to talking about his reasons for hunting wild animals and creating this museum. I also reach out to people who are experts in a variety of fields and schedule interviews with them around the country.