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The "Furries" - people who feel, deep-down inside, that being human actually constrains who they are. One may believe that his true self is something other than human - not extra-terrestrial or other-worldy, but something very much of this world: a bear, perhaps, or a mouse, or a rat.

In A Tail of Identity we meet three such men who reveal, with incredible honesty and humor, what it means to feel more like themselves when dressed as an animal than they do in their own skin.

"Rattus has lots of friends," says one man, of the persona he has created with a hand-crafted rat costume. "He knows lots of people, and lots of people know him. Whereas I'm not so well known in my human form."

"I didn't choose the rat," he exclaims. "Who would want to be a rat? I believe the rat chose me."

A Tail of Identity is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

Published: July 2, 2009


Photography: Toni Greaves
Video: Jeff Davis
Audio: Steve Rowland
Editor: Gregory Warner
Graphics: Jacky Myint
Producer: Bob Sacha
Executive Producer: Brian Storm
Workshop Director: Jessica Stuart
Additional Video, Audio and Stills: Bob Sacha, Steve Rowland, Gregory Warner, Jeff Davis, Toni Greaves
Additional Images and Video: Jay Van Buren
Historical Video: Prelinger Archives
Additional Music: Steve Rowland
Transcription: Christianne Ebel

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