July 30, 2014

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Film screening to honor victim of bear mauling

CLEVELAND HTS. — A screening of a movie about people owning exotic ani­mals will honor the memory of Brent Kan­dra, the Elyria man killed by a bear at Sam Mazzola’s exotic animal compound in Columbia Township.

Kandra

Kandra

Friends and the public are invited to the 7 p.m. Thurs­day showing of “The Ele­phant in the Living Room,” at the Cedar-Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. That day would have been Kandra’s 25th birthday. Kan­dra was fatally mauled Aug. 21 by one of the bears at Maz­zola’s compound, where there were also lions, wolves and tigers.

The bear, Iroquois, was euthanized at the request of Kandra’s family.

Kandra’s parents, John Kandra and Deirdre Herbert, asked that attendees wear something orange, Brent’s favorite color, in his honor.

His parents are planning on having dinner with the filmmaker, Michael Webber. A family member may speak at the screening, John Kandra said.

The movie looks at the issues surrounding exotic animal ownership from the points of view of a police offi­cer who has been involved in rescuing exotics and from the owner of two African lions.

Webber is a native of Cincinnati. He won the Directors’ Choice Award for “The Elephant in the Living Room” at the Sedona Inter­national Film Festival. The movie also was named Best Documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Webber’s other credits include being co-producer of the recent Mira Sorvino film “Like Dandelion Dust” and “House,” a 2008 thriller starring Michael Madsen.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. Tickets can be bought at the theatre or at www.clevelandcinemas.com.

Contact Melissa Hebert at 329-7129 or mhebert@chroniclet.com.