The Dog Film Festival program is made up of two completely different selections of diverse short films from around the world, edited into one continuous film experience. All the films are family friendly and appropriate for children of any age (although Program Two has some films with subtitles which can be a challenge for younger children).
Program One features a more light-hearted selection of commercials, animated, documentary, and narrative films. Program Two has films that are thought-provoking and hilarious.
Program One Film List:
–Rewind (4:00): Razor Jane’s music video starring her own unusual dog in a rollicking story.
–Game of Bones (10:30): Director Blaire Dobiecki (Melbourne, Australia) re-imagines the popular television series with a similar name, starring her own rescued Lab, Helen, as the heroine.
–The Lewis Lectures (7:30): Merrill Markoe’s animated depiction of what dogs actually think and do when we leave the house.
–The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold (28:00): The great photographer William Wegman made this film in 35 MM in 1995, which he graciously remastered just for the Dog Film Festival.
–Beta (13:00): Jon Lefkovitz’s tale of a couple whose adopted dog can (selectively) communicate.
–Fog of Courage (7:35): John R. Dilworth (an Academy Award nominee) made this animated horror/comedy about a cowardly dog named Courage.
–Conversation with my Dogs (2:45) Humorist Merrill Markoe questions why her dogs follow her everywhere.
–Useful Dog Trick (4:00): Heather Brook’s Terrier Jesse embodies “multi-tasking.”
–Looking for Love (3:00): Australian director Blaire Dobiecki stars her rescued black Lab, Helen, in a cautionary tale about looking for love online.
–Dine in the Dark (0:30): Jake Shannon, an Australian student, made this PSA for Guide Dogs for the Blind to create empathy for living with vision-impairment.
–Harvey Dogs Home (1:00): A delicious British vignette promoting adoption.
Program Two Film List:
–Dog Years (4:00): Director Sam Hearn’s voice-over of a dog who questions his relationship with his frequently absent owner.
–The Poodle Trainer (7:45): Vance Malone’s character study of a circus trainer, whose performing poodles are the center of her universe (in Russian, subtitled).
–Le Sauvetage (6:00): Peter Mcevilley’s faux-French tale of how dogs view us and bring us together – promoting adoption with the rescued performing Olate dogs (in French with subtitles).
–Second Chances (20:00): Director Steven Latham’s film about female prisoners who train dogs from shelters, changing lives on both ends of the leash.
–989 Miles Home (15:00): Laurence Alexander’s student film depicting the volunteer transports of discarded dogs in South Carolina to welcoming adoptive homes in the Northeast.
–SURFice (5:00) Director Judy Fridono’s video about her Golden Retriever Ricochet, who was raised to be a service dog but instead became a SURFice dog. Surfing to raise money for causes (subtitled).
–A Boy and His Dog (9:30): Jonna Mciver ‘s documentary features Owen — a very little boy — whose family adopts Haatchi — a very big dog — and how they make each other whole.
–Myra and Prince (4:00): Director Christine Kim is a social worker for homeless people with pets — and chronicles the story of a former showgirl, Myra, who experienced homelessness with her dog Prince. (Founding Sponsor Halo has provided a year’s worth of dry and canned food for them as a result of the Dog Film Festival.)
–David and Goliath (12:00): Director George Zaverdas based his period film on a true story of a Jewish resistance fighter fleeing from the Nazis, who takes refuge in a dog house where the German shepherd saves his life.
–There’s Something About Molly (6:45): British director Sue Carpenter’s love tribute to her black Lab Molly.
–Valentina (9:30): Spanish directors Crespo and Romera’s tale of an estranged couple and their Pug Valentina, who brings them back together (in Spanish, subtitled).
–Harvey and Harmony (1:00): Saving the best for last.
2016/10/30 - 2016/10/30
Additional time info:
Program One 3pm
Program Two 5:30pm