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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.

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

Contact Melissa Hebert at 329-7129 or

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