Blackrabbit images is a production company for documentary films from Muenster, Germany. We produce creative films that highlight the human-animal relationship, subcultures and activism. Founded in 2014 by author and activist Marc Pierschel, Blackrabbit Images has produced three documentary features and one short documentary to date.
It all started with EDGE, a documentary about the origins of the north american youth subculture of straight edge. The film premiered in 2009 and was screened in Germany and the US and later released on DVD. It was shot on DV and is a true DIY project that was produced on a micro-budget.
Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan. Through a micro budget and a Startnext crowdfunding campaign the film premiered on November 03, 2013 in Muenster, Germany. We screened Live and Let Live extensively in Germany, Russia, the US, Poland and Austria. In 2016 the film was aquired by Netflix. It features prominent philosophers of the animal rights movement such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan and Gary Francione.
The short documentary ‘184‘ was shot in the summer of 2015. It tells the story of Arne Feuerhahn and his organization Hard To Port. Through the use of drones and smoke bombs the activists are trying to expose the cruel whaling industry in Iceland. The film was released in 2016 and is available to view for free.
What would the world look like if we stopped eating animals? How will this change the human-animal relationship? What is the food of the future? Production for The End of Meat started in 2015. The film was funded through two successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns that raised a total of 83.755 USD by 1.336 supporters from 61 countries. We shot the film in seven different countries and premiered it on August 26, 2017 at the sold-out Babylon Cinema in Berlin. One day later, the first The End of Meat conference took place at Heimathafen Berlin, featuring prominent speakers such as Dr. Mark Post, Richard David Precht, Dr Marco Springmann and Hilal Sezgin. The film was released worlwide on DVD and VOD on March 12, 2019.
What’s life like for a cow in the dairy industry? And what it is like to dedicate one’s life to the animals and start a farm sanctuary? Former dairy farmer Jan Gerdes did exactly that and started Hof Butenland, the first cow retirement home together with his Partner Karin Mück. Production for Butenland started in 2016 and in 2019 the film won the Granit documentary award at the 53rd Hof International Film Festival and the Grand Prize for best film at the Internatinal Vegan Film Festival 2020.