By Micah MAGEE


Drama - Completed 2015

A story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas. Petting Zoo is the portrait of a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances.

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2015
Panorama Special
Thessaloniki IFF 2015
Competition - Best Actress Devon Keller
Pesaro 2015
Audience Award
SXSW 2015
Bright Future
Muenster 2015
Best European Director
Five Seas IFF 2015
Young Cinema Award
Premiers Plans 2015
Competition - Best Actress
Karlovy Vary 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, First film, Romance
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Micah MAGEE
    • Writer(s)
    • Micah MAGEE
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael WEBER, Viola FÜGEN, Johan CARLSEN, Friederike sophie STEINBECK, Athina rachel TSANGARI
    • Synopsis
    • San Antonio, Texas.
      Seventeen-year-old Layla’s prayers are
      answered when she wins a college scholarship.
      From a low-income family, she has been
      working full time at a local telemarketing
      company and it hasn’t stopped her from being
      at the top of her high school class. Hanging out
      with her slacker boyfriend Danny and partying
      with her best friend Melanie round out Layla’s
      routine. But an unplanned pregnancy changes
      everything. Giving into family pressure, Layla
      decides against an abortion, drops her college
      dreams and moves into her loving Grandma’s
      trailer on the edge of town.
      Layla moves forward confidently with her new
      daily life as a pregnant teenager, but she’s still
      anxious about the future. She ends up meeting
      a new boy – Aaron – different from everyone
      else, and starts a new job in a diner. Just as
      things seem to be falling into place again,
      fate throws another turn. As her social fabric
      unravels around her, Layla begins to see her
      environment differently, the first step toward
      finding herself.