What year was that?
2005, in late July. The story took two weeks to break, and finally it came out in the Seattle Times. It became their biggest story that year on the Web, the most read story. And it was educational, too. No one knew that bestiality was legal in this state. That was the first thing everybody learned. No one was breaking the law.
Was it a fetish circle? How would you describe it?
It was just a... first off, the Internet made it possible. There's no other reason why they got together, which is wonderful when you think about it. We didn't get this out in the film and I wanted to express this, but you can only do so much. I like the fact that the Internet, this advanced form of technology, made it possible to do something that you'd almost say was kind of... primitive. Right? You know what I mean? At the root, at the center of all of this, the exchange between nature, the wild, the animal and the human was only made possible by the foremost technology of our time.
The community was made possible through this technology. I think that does come through in the movie. I picked that up. One of the characters, I think it was the caretaker of the barn, he says, "I got a computer in 2002 and started with AOL."
Yes. That's right. "And I discovered myself. I discovered who I was. I was a zoo." I mean, he discovers it on the Web, which is amazing.
Wait, was that the caretaker or the first person in the movie, the coal miner?
No, it was the caretaker. The first person in the movie is called Coyote, and he's the one who comes from Virginia to Washington through the Web. He discovered there were like-minded people in Washington State and a place where he can express his sexuality and his sexual proclivities. He left Virginia for that. He's supposed to be the one who takes us to the group.
In the group are two main guys, and one of them is a truck driver. He narrates a big chunk of it. He's the guy who drives [the fatally injured] Mr. Hands to the hospital, and the other person is the caretaker, or the ranch hand.
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