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"Rusti Escapes!" Earns Utopia Film Festival Official Selection

Brand new, just published on YouTube  --  Short (about 2 min.) video about "Rusti Escapes!" winning Best Short Film at the 2012 Utopia Film Festival in Maryland.

"Rusti Escapes!" tells the true life story of an orangutan born in a zoo, shipped off to an unaccredited "roadside zoo" where he suffered greatly, and then finally promised a sanctuary in the Hawaiian rainforest  --  never to materialize.
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The trailer for the short documentary "Rusti Escapes!" is now available online.


HONOLULU -- Animal Advocate Inc.'s film "Rusti Escapes!" has earned an official selection to the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, MD.

Entered in the festival's Documentary Shorts category, our film will be judged against an international pool of competitors and is set for screening from Oct. 13-21 at several venues within Greenbelt. This is the second honor our film has received this year after winning an Award of Excellence at the Best Shorts Competition in La Jolla, Calif.

The Utopia Film Festival is the first international film festival in Prince George's County. According to its website: "Utopia has sought quality independent films which reflect the utopian spirit of better living through film: works that entertain, enlighten, and address such themes as community building, cultural diversity, social and economic concerns, and environmental issues."

"Rusti Escapes!" chronicles the incredible story of one of Hawaii's most famous residents -- Rusti the orangutan. A movie trailer is currently in the works, and will be available online at our website later this month at

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