First Ever National Dog Film Festival 12-City TourLarry Kay
National Dog Film Festival Visits Rochester, NY on July 17
Following a sold-out success in New York City, the first-ever Dog Film Festival is touring the country, stopping in 12 cities. The festival celebrates the bond between dogs and their people and will benefit the Lollypop Farm in Rochester with its July 17 stop. Fifty percent of ticket sales and a 10,000-bowl donation of natural pet food to help provide aid in the community from sponsor Halo, Purely for Pets and Freekibble.com
On Sunday, July 17, the Dog Film Festival will take over The Little Theater at 240 East Avenue in Rochester.
Dog-friendly film festival
What’s better than a dog film festival? A dog-friendly dog film festival! The Little Theater welcomes well-behaved pups to join their human companions at the event.
The festival, perfect for dog lovers of all ages, is comprised of two separate programs of entirely different canine-themed films. Each screening includes documentary, animated and live-action shorts that illuminate the human-canine bond, submitted by dog-loving filmmakers from around the world. Each screening is approximately 90-minutes long.
The Petco Foundation, whose goal is to help every animal live its best life, is the national Presenting Sponsor of the festival.
“We are thrilled to help bring the Dog Film Festival to cities across the country,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This series of films visually relay the Petco Foundation’s core mission to create a better world for animals and the people who love them. We are excited to celebrate with all dog lovers during this fun-filled festival and showcase these wonderful films that demonstrate the positive impact dogs have on people’s lives.”
The first program features a medley of light-hearted, animated and narrative shorts, perfect for any attendees, including children and families. Renowned photographer William Wegman’s 30-minute film, “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold,” starring four of his own Weimaraners in costume, will be highlighted at the first screening. Other fun and uplifting feature films include “The Lewis Lectures,” a hilarious depiction of what dogs are actually thinking; “Beta,” a delightful tale that answers many questions we’ve all had about dogs; and “Useful Dog Tricks,” an inspirational short about the myriad ways a dog can help around the house.
The second screening features a more sophisticated program that includes a series of short documentaries, narratives and subtitled narrative films. This screening is also appropriate for all ages however subtitles may challenge younger viewers. Films in this screening include “Dog Years,” a witty voice-over of a dog who questions his relationship with his frequently absent owner; “Second Chances,” a PBS film about dogs who are paired with incarcerated women, who train them to become service dogs; and “David & Goliath,” a period film based on a true story of a Jewish resistance fighter fleeing from the Nazis, who takes refuge in a dog house where a German Shepherd saves his life.
Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, which will receive 50% of the festival’s net proceeds, will have adoptable dogs on hand, looking for their forever homes and a chance to get photos on the Green Carpet alongside moviegoers and their own dogs!
“We are very excited that the National Dog Film Festival will be making a stop here in Rochester,” says Alice Calabrese, president and CEO of Lollypop Farm. “The funds raised from this great event will go towards the food, shelter, veterinary procedures, and compassionate care for homeless and abused pets in our community.”
The festival is a way for founder and animal wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner to share her love for dogs and give back to organizations working hard for pets in need.
“We are excited to bring animal lovers together to experience the many ways our lives are enriched by dogs and to honor the animal welfare groups that bring them together,” Hotchner said. “I am honored to have a prestigious philanthropic organization like the Petco Foundation as our Presenting Sponsor and to partner with incredible organizations in each city we visit.”
Tickets for the Dog Film Festival are $15.00 per screening and can be purchased online. For more information visit, Dog Film Festival.
About the Dog Film Festival
In 2014, the first Dog Film Festival™ grew out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire, as a pet wellness advocate, to expand her Radio Pet Lady Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, pet wellness issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives. The festival is a unique way of honoring dogs as true family members by bringing together like-minded people to experience and celebrate the remarkable human-canine bond. The Dog Film Festival™ shares proceeds from its ticket sales with local shelters and rescue partners wherever it travels.
About the Petco Foundation
The Petco Foundation believes every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $145 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With its animal welfare partners, the Petco Foundation inspires
and empowers communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. The Petco Foundation partners with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions and has helped more than 4.5 million pets find new loving families. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn how to get involved. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.
About Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester
Established in 1873, Lollypop Farm is the largest animal welfare organization helping pets and people in the Greater Rochester area. The Humane Society is committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach, and the prevention of cruelty. With a main campus located on 136 picturesque acres in Fairport and four other adoption centers throughout the community, the organization provides shelter, care, and adoption for dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles, horses, and other farm animals. Lollypop Farm is an independent nonprofit organization supported solely through contributions, grants, investments, proceeds from retail sales, and fees for programs and services. For information and to meet current animals available for adoption, visit Lollypop Farm.
Festival cities include:
Los Angeles – June 5
Seattle – June 26
Rochester – July 17
East Hampton, N.Y. – August 2
(Special VIP party July 31)
Great Barrington, Mass. – August 14
Chicago – September 11
San Diego – September 25
New York City – October 15
Sacramento – October 30
San Antonio – November 13
Santa Fe – TBA
Kansas City – TBA