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.
Programming subject to change
YEAR ONE DOG FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
The Year One Dog Film Festival programs are the ones you'll see in the following cities:
Austin, TX, Bend, OR, Boston, MA, Kansas City, MO, Marin County, CA, Nashville, TN, Orange County, CA, Portland, OR, Sag Harbor NY, San Antonio, TX, San Francisco, CA & Stamford, CT.
YEAR ONE PROGRAM #1 "SECOND CHANCES" (77 Minutes)
HARVEY & HARMONY (1:00) is indescribable!; K9s FOR WARRIORS (2:00) Ben’s story of managing PTSD with his service dog; THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MOLLY (7:00) First time British director Sue Carpenter's love tribute to her black Lab Molly; 989 MILES HOME (15:00) Laurence Alexander's student film depicting discarded dogs in South Carolina being transported by volunteers to welcoming adoptive homes in the Northeast; 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; SECOND CHANCES (4:00) Michael Raab’s account of prisoners training dogs of adopters who meet and thank them; CONVERSATION WITH MY DOGS (3:00) Humorist Merrill Markoe questions why her dogs follow her everywhere; DAVID & 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; 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); USEFUL DOG TRICKS (4:00) Heather Brook's Terrier Jesse embodies “multi-tasking;” 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; Ewok’s adoption stpory (3:00 min) by actress Jamie Chung.
YEAR ONE PROGRAM #2 "LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING" (73 Minutes)
HARVEY DOGS HOME (1:00) indescribably delightful; K9s FOR WARRIORS (2:00) Brett’s story handling PTSD with his service dog; MYRA & 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; FOG OF COURAGE (7:30) John R. Dilworth (an Academy Award nominee) made this animated horror/comedy about a cowardly dog named Courage; LOOKING FOR LOVE (3:00) Australian director Blaire Dobiecki stars her rescued black Lab, Helen, in a cautionary tale about looking for love online; THE LEWIS LECTURES (7:30) Merrill Markoe's animated depiction of what dogs actually think and do when we leave the house; DOG YEARS (4:00) Director Sam Hearn's voice-over of a dog who questions his relationship with his frequently absent owner; 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, sub-titled); THE POODLE TRAINER (8:00) Vance Malone's character study of a circus trainer, whose performing poodles are the center of her universe (in Russian, sub-titled); ROCKET (2:00) Jennifer Sheridan’s award-winning film about her little dog’s fantasy exploits; DINE IN THE DARK (:30) Jake Shannon, an Australian student, made this PSA for Guide Dogs for the Blind to create empathy for living with vision-impairment; 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; roller blader Bonnie Thunder’s adoption story.
YEAR TWO DOG FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
The Year Two NY Dog Film Festival programs are the films you’ll see in cities where the festival already played in 2016:
Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA.
YEAR TWO PROGRAM #1“OUTDOOR ADVENTURE WITH DOGS" (77 minutes)
MY TRAIL DOG [5 min] Dean Leslie’s lyrical look at a man who is a loner who runs the Alps for the joy of it, with his dogs, who are his closest companions ; DENALI [8 min] Ben Moon honors Denali, his husky-pit mix; WALKIES IN THE WIND [1 min] charming animated film by Toby Mattison; BISCUIT [5 min] The most fearlessly athletic little dog you’ll ever meet; ONE MAN & HIS DOG [4 min] is Dean Saffron’s look at one Australian man’s joyous skate boarding lifestyle with his Samoyed; THE MYSTERY OF THE ARCTIC CAIRN [54 min] John Huston’s thrilling documentary that follows a team of intrepid explorers and their 4 tempestuous Inuit sled dogs as they set out into the icy wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.
YEAR TWO PROGRAM #2 "WHO RESCUED WHOM?" (74 minutes)
FOR THE LOVE OF DOG [9 min] Kylie Cushman’s charming documentary that stylishly looks at the various ways British dog owners describe their love for their dogs; THE PRESENT [4 min] Jacob Frey’s animated story about a boy and his dog that will take you by surprise; NOBODY’S PERFECT [7 min] a touching documentary about an Australian couple whose pack of dogs each his own disability but “carries on regardless;” AWESOME LIVING WITH ANDY [7 min] made by sisters Patricia Denys & Mary Holmes, a documentary tribute to their darling disabled dog Andy, who does just fine in his canine “wheelchair;” DOGS IN THE PEN [12 min] Penelope Laurence’s documentary of a special program offered to female inmates to train shelter dogs as service animals; STEADFAST STANLEY [4 min] John Kim’s powerful animated film about canine loyalty; PUP CULTURE [10 min] Elle Marsh’s documentary about the delightfully odd ways that dogs are part of life in Melbourne, Australia; LOVE UNLEASHED [14 min] a happy-endings documentary by Kacey Klonsky about senior dogs; IF I COULD TALK [7 min] Ben Moon on the appreciation of a rescued dog.