After the annual premiere in New York City, Tracie Hotchner takes the NY Dog Film Festival around the country each year, showing two different film programs. The NY Cat Film Festival programs will screen the day before at every destination.
[These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]
PROGRAM #1 “EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY” (1 hr 16 min)
A Dog's Life (8 min) - Pieter Vandenabeele’s animated interpretation of a dog’s view of an ordinary day in his life; Killing Me Softly (3 min) Deirdre Mendoza’s funny narrative imagines a dog park in Los Angeles, where a man-bun-sporting shaman creates social havoc; Riders of the Arctic (26 min) Hilse De Groote’s documentary looks at the Arctic dog sledding race that is the largest in Europe, with contestants from all over the world - focussing on.the bond between the dogs and their mushers; Fospice Dog Sid (3 min) Maggie Amiano’s documentary about the last-chance-at-happiness adoption of Sid, a little old sick dog, who got a very happy last chapter in his life; Imperfect Adventure (5 min) Mallory Paige’s documentary chronicles her decision to overcome doubts and fears to become the adventurer she'd always envisioned - riding across North America in a motorcycle, with her dog in the sidecar; It's a Potcake Life (30 min) Evelyn Osorio Vaccaro’s heart-warming documentary follows the indigenous stray dogs of the Bahamas - called Potcakes - and the happy endings facilitated by an island of dedicated rescuers; Ooh la la (1 min) Erika Fischerkeller’s witty animation explores the relationship between males, females and dogs. Inspired by the French Poodle.
PROGRAM #2 “LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND” (1 hr 13 min)
Unexpected (2 min) James Lee’s delightful animated story with an unexpected ending; I Rescue Senior Dogs (5 min) - Elizabeth Howe’s biographical documentary about Sherri Franklin, the founder of Muttville, the rescue for senior dogs in San Francisco; Elvis: The Lonely Hunter of Circle Beach (5 min) Matt Hulse’s hilarious story about a remote Long Island beach, where a tough little dog named Elvis searches for the elusive buried bagel; You Don't Know Jack (3 min) - Tom Corwin’s documentary about a beagle named Jack, rescued from a meat farm in South Korea,who found his way to a loving Bay Area home thanks to the Marin Humane Society; Dog Power (25 min) Kale Caey’s dynamic documentary follows the glorious canine athletes who compete with their humans in international competitions for canicross, bike and scooterjoring, skijoring, and cart, sprint and middle distance dog sled racing; About a Dog (16 min) Mollie Fitzgerald’s charming story about an antisocial book editor, who unexpectedly and reluctantly has to foster a dog, an experience that brings her out of shell and introduces her to love; Esther - Saving Castaways (6 min) Andrew Wright’s documentary chronicles a rehabilitation program for unwanted dogs being trained by prison inmates and how an unlikely union brings out a change in character for both; Shit Happens (2 min) Joan Caspi’s comedic use of a mime to show what happens when you don't "Pick It Up"; Well Groomed - (8 min) Rebecca Stern takes us on a psychedelically-hued journey into the colorful and passionate world of competitive creative dog grooming; Dame Mit Hund (1 min) Sonja Rohleder’s beautiful little work of animated art.
*Programming subject to change