Pick of the Litter

Showings

Rafael 1 Sun, May 6 12:00 PM
Rafael 2 Sun, May 6 4:45 PM
Film Info
Section:WonderLands
Country:US
Year:2017
Running Time:83 min.
Director:Don Hardy
Dana Nachman
Producer:Co-Producers: Don Hardy
Dana Nachman
Screenwriter:Dana Nachman
Cinematographer:Jacob Stein
Steve Pitre
Naomi Ture
Kurt Kuenne
Dominique Martinez
Dana Nachman
Margot Hardy
Heather Kennedy
Mikael Gustafson
Jeff Streich
Lorrie Murray
Charlie Schwartz
Maddox McDonald
Ella McDonald
Steve Pitre
Naomi Ture
Kurt Kuenne
Dominique Martinez
Dana Nachman
Margot Hardy
Heather Kennedy
Mikael Gustafson
Jeff Streich
Lorrie Murray
Charlie Schwartz
Maddox McDonald
Ella McDonald
Editor:Don Hardy
Cast:Phil
Patriot
Poppet
Primrose and Potomac
Print Source:Sundance Selects
Note Writer:Kelly Clement

Description

Many of us have seen these dogs dressed in their “Puppy-in-Training” coats hard at work on the streets of Marin County. But most of us don’t really know about the renowned local organization that produces these canine heroes. In Pick of the Litter, we follow five dogs, (Patriot, Phil, Potomoc, Primrose, Poppet) from the moment they are born through the intense two-year program that will prepare them to become working guide dogs and unite with their blind partners. Along the way, we meet some of the generous puppy raisers who initially volunteer their time and homes to prepare the dogs for their next step. We also follow the dedicated professional trainers who will take them through their rigorous training process. The stakes are high and not every dog will make the cut. But those who graduate will provide a life-changing service for those in need. Pick of the Litter takes you on an emotional and inspiring journey that you won’t soon forget.

Cinequest 2018—Audience Choice and Kaiser Permanente Thrive Award

IN PERSON: Directors Don Hardy, Dana Nachman; Film Subjects (human and canine!)

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Thank you to our community partner Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Additional Information


Dana Nachman (Director/Writer/Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker of both fiction and documentary films. Nachman’s 2015 film, Batkid Begins, was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries Witch Hunt, which was executive produced by Sean Penn and premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; Love Hate Love, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and The Human Experiment, which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals. She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award and dozens of Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.

Don Hardy (Director/Producer/Cinematographer/Editor) is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and storyteller. He is also the co-founder of KTF Films, a full-service production house in Northern California. His films include Witch Hunt, Love Hate Love, and The Human Experiment (see above). Hardy also served as Director of Photography on Batkid Begins. His film Theory of Obscurity, about the legendary music and art collective known as The Residents, premiered at SXSW and was released theatrically by Film Movement in April of 2016.