Love dogs? Love movies? Love watching dog movies for a good cause? Then you absolutely can’t miss the Dog Film Festival, stopping in Chicago on September 11 as part of its first annual tour across the country. The festival consists of two separate 90-minute screenings, both featuring canine-centered films. There will be documentaries, animated and live-action shorts, all highlighting the amazing bond between humans and dogs. Best yet: 50% of the proceeds from the Chicago screenings will go towards helping homeless dogs at PAWS Chicago. PAWS will also be there with adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes and a chance to get photos on the Green Carpet alongside moviegoers!
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016. The first screening starts at 11:30am.
Where: The Music Box Theater –– 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
Cost: Tickets for the Dog Film Festival are $15 per screening and can be purchased online or at the door. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
What to expect: Here are synopses for the two screenings, provided in a press release for the festival:
The first screening at 11:30 a.m. 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 at 2:00 p.m. 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.
About the Dog Film Festival
In 2015, 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.