Even though I grew up in New York City, I was always surrounded by beloved family pets that ranged from big to small. There was Gypsy, our German Shepherd and the kitty gang, Stinky, Spooky Skeezer and Louie (formerly Lu Lu before "she" grew noticeable boy parts), along with a Russian Dwarf Hamster named after a character from one of my favorite childhood books, Emmylou Tittlemouse. One of the pets I still miss to this day was a rabbit named Pierre, who was a black, miniature something-or-other breed and lived in the bedroom my brother and I shared at the time. Our big orange cat, Louie, would torment Pierre by camping out on top of his cage and glaring at him for hours on end. You can't underestimate nature.

Filmmaker Amy Do understands that that this notion is true, among all creatures -- the idea that humans can't fight their natural instincts and will always feel the need to connect with something much bigger than themselves. The former Lucasfilm videographer has created her first Independent feature-length documentary about five teenagers from different parts of the US who journey to the National American Rabbit Convention -- an event that draws up to 25,000 rabbits. Watching the trailer for Rabbit Fever was somewhat shocking -- in particular, seeing that many rabbits in cages, in one space. Equally bizarre is the coveted title of National Rabbit King and Queen that the teenage enthusiasts are fighting to win. But as Do points out, what seems unusual really isn't that strange after all: "You can replace the teens' love of rabbits with any other hobby or sport, and empathize with their motivation and goals."

Rabbit Fever
will be hitting the festival circuit (just in time for Easter), so stay tuned to the film's website for screening locations, or find Amy on Facebook and Twitter. Hop past the jump for that trailer.