Animal activist/actress Jessica Biel has finally made her film, "Hole in the Paper Sky", available to the masses via iTunes.

The 30-minute film tells the heartbreaking story of a man whose life becomes changed after meeting a dog involved in laboratory animal testing. Said Biel on her blog, “I hope that animal lovers will be moved by this film as well because it has an animal rights element to it, which I’m a huge advocate for.”

The short enjoyed success at film festivals around the country several years ago but then it disappeared, with only a soundtrack on iTunes as proof of its existence.

Now, it's available under Apple's "Shorts International" label for the bargain price of $1.99. I downloaded a copy the other night and was left impressed — as well a bit teary-eyed. The acting is all top-shelf and the story is a beautiful tale with an animal-rights twist.

I highly recommend it.

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Jessica Biel's 'Hole in the Paper Sky' now available
Heartbreaking short film tells the story of a man changed by a laboratory test dog.