Michael Evans, Michael Evans
2018, États-Unis, 81′
Reptile breeder Tom Crutchfield is a polarizing figure in the commercial reptile industry. He was once the subject of an investigation by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for smuggling animals that were protected under the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act. Today he lives on a small compound in Homestead, Florida where he operates Crutchfield’s Reptiles; a business that deals in the commercialization of reptiles ranging from monocled cobras to common green iguanas. His home and farm are the subject of the experimental documentary Milk.
Milk documents a place, and a practice, that is always at risk of coming face to face with its own antiquity. It is a fact that hovers over every repetitious action that the subjects of the film perform in order to propagate lesser known reptile life. This is due, in large part, to the inclusion of several venomous species on Crutchfield’s farm.