Dogs on the Inside follows the relationships between abused stray dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance at a better life. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life outside, these prisoners must first learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays. This heart-warming story reconfirms the timeless connection between man and dog and shows the resiliency of a dogs' trust and the generosity of the human spirit in the unlikeliest of places.
DOG BY DOG is a documentary that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the United States and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system. While many documentaries have admirably exposed the public to the sickening underworld of puppy mills, what has been missing from the public discussion is a close examination of the umbrella of monetary support from massive corporations to politicians and supposedly "dog-friendly" organizations. By following the corporate money trail from state capitals to Washington DC, DOG BY DOG will shine light into the dark corners of politics which has maintained a status quo that has allowed the most irresponsible commercial dog breeders to thrive. Many people try to save these animals one by one, or dog by dog. This documentary aims to point out the problems of the current system in order to move toward a kinder and gentler one.
Incarcerated for murder and armed robbery, New York criminals learn to love again by raising puppies behind bars. In this inspirational tale, three selected prisoners battle self-doubt, anger and regret in their attempt to transform dependent pups into service dogs for injured US veterans. Bound together by fate, this uniquely vulnerable trio of puppy, prisoner and veteran come to discover the redemptive power of second chances.
Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story follows the journey of an amateur dog dancing troupe and an aspiring theatre director as they attempt to mount the first ever dog dancing and indoor kite flying theatrical performance. The film captures the challenges the women face in their personal lives as well as on the stage, and is as much about the trials and tribulations of producing an amateur theatrical performance as it is about the amazing bond between handler and dog. The group spends over two years realizing their first time director's vision as they write scripts, build sets, raise funds and rehearse to the point of exhaustion. As tension mounts and hurdles pile on, the resolve of these spirited women and their dogs is constantly tested while the director's patience is pushed to the brink. Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story is a captivating look into the lives of those who dance with their dogs, not for fame, but simply for the love of it.
Harley-Davidson, leather, tattooed biceps: Ron "Stray Dog" Hall looks like an authentic tough guy. A Vietnam veteran, he runs a trailer park in rural Missouri with his wife, Alicia, who recently emigrated from Mexico. Gradually, a layered image comes into focus of a man struggling to come to terms with his combat experience. When Alicia's teenage sons arrive, the film reveals a tender portrait of an America outside the mainstream. Stray Dog is a powerful look at the veteran experience, a surprising love story, and a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland.
In 1998, after 86 years of law-abiding life, Red Rountree was caught trying to hold up a bank in Biloxi Mississippi. Before that he had survived the great depression, made a fortune in oil, supported a family and, as he tells it, “never even gotten a ticket for speeding.” In 2003, after a six-year crime spree, a few jail terms and a love affair with a 30 year-old drug-addicted prostitute, he died at age 92 with the undisputed title of “Worldʼs Oldest Bank Robber”. Using material collected during Redʼs last interview, taken in prison months before his death, as well as stories from those who knew him before he turned outlaw (friends, business partners, his second wife) and those who knew him as a notorious criminal (cops, lawyers, judges, bank tellers), the film chronicles both Redʼs career as a bank robber and the long and strange life that led him to it.
In the heart of Brownsville, Brooklyn, 100 or so young men and women from the surrounding housing projects gather inside a secret windowless garage. In the center is a brightly lit boxing ring stained with dried blood from a previous fight. Standing in the ring, two women dressed in regular street clothes and wearing martial arts training gloves are punching air preparing to not just fight, but brawl - bringing all of the despair and violence that surrounds their lives into the ring. No grabbing. No kicking. No scratching. No hair pulling. No biting. Three rounds. Ninety seconds a round. This is Brooklyn Girls Fight Club and the winnings are $1000 cash and invaluable street cred. A FilmBuff Presentation. MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Filmmaker Bruce Weber is a professed animal lover, and his newest film centers on his own dogs, a family of gorgeous golden retrievers, including "True." A Letter To True is a stunning look at the affection, loyalty, and unconditional love displayed by these animals - which the filmmaker sees as a metaphor for peace and hope in the world. In a highly personal commentary, Weber interweaves his personal obsessions - music of the '50s and '60s, home movies of Dirk Bogarde in Provence; conversations with Elizabeth Taylor (another great dog lover), recollections of friendships past, and speculation about how our lives have been changed by the events of 9/11. Tying these various strands together with a poet's logic, A Letter To True is a little like staying up late with Bruce Weber, listening to great music and peeking into the mind of a world-class connoisseur.