“Dogumentary” Peeks Into the Mind of a Canine Artist
About the Film
Tampa, Fla. (June 16, 2015) – Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a canine artist as he paints? A new short film, “Dogumentary” seeks to answer this question through the story of a fictional character based on a real dog creates works of art on canvas.
In this whimsical fourth installment of its #RescueFilm series, Halo, Purely for Pets, the natural pet food company co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, again works with Peter McEvilley and the Olate Dogs to celebrate rescue pets and promote pet adoption nationwide.
The film was inspired by a documentary on the composer Philip Glass and another film about the artwork of Herb Alpert. Producer/Director Peter McEvilley believed it would be a fun concept to place a dog in the artist role and create a “dogumentary” about his life and work.
“As a film maker exploring the incredible and complex partnerships that exist between man and dog, I wanted to see what would happen if we were able to teach a dog to partake in the creation of art,” explains McEvilley. “In this case, it was clear that the dog enjoyed creating the paintings and would often sit proudly by her work. We learned that there are limitless possibilities when it comes to the relationship between man and dog.”
In “Dogumentary,” Barrett, a talented shelter dog, recounts his life before he became an acclaimed artist. From the streets, to a shelter, to being celebrated for his artwork, Barrett knows he’s now leading the good life.
“I remember wandering these streets with my old friend Kirby,” Barrett recalls in the film. “That was before I went into the shelter and eventually rescued my human.”
“I was searching for my own unique style much like I was searching for myself,” he muses.
After that, Barrett’s career takes off, landing him major media attention and throngs of fans who stop by “to see what I’m working on.”
“Dogumentary” debuted at the Sonoma Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif., where the paintings created by Lili, the dog who plays Barrett, during the filming were displayed at a local gallery and auctioned off to benefit Sonoma Pets Lifeline, a local rescue.
The first three films in the #RescueFilm series, “Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue), “Dog’s Best Friend” and “Forever Home – a Holiday Tail” were met with great acclaim, with the Le Sauvetage opening the Sonoma Film Festival in April 2014 and appearing at Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France in May 2014.
“Dogumentary” is dedicated to all animal shelters and the people who work so tirelessly helping animals find loving homes so that others may share in that special and indescribable bond that occurs between people and their pets.
Like the first three films, “Dogumentary “ was written and directed by McEvilley, an award winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and stars the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent and their human trainers, Richard and Nicholas Olate. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO, is the film’s executive producer.
In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America.
Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs and teamed up with Halo for their 2014-15 Rescue Tour, which included appearances and special projects like “Le Sauvetage,” “Dog’s Best Friend,” “Forever Home,” and now, “Dogumentary.”
Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsored “Shelter Me,” a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.
Dog’s Best Friend
Halo presents a dog’s Homeric journey home to his rescued human
About the Film
Halo, Purely for Pets presents “Dog’s Best Friend,” the second film in their #RescueFilm series created by Peter McEvilley to celebrate rescue pets and promote pet adoption nationwide.
In this beatnik-themed rescue tale filmed in San Francisco and Sonoma, Calif., Odysseus Dog rescues his human, Alan (played by Nicholas Olate), but they get separated while out on the road. The film follows the dog’s Homeric journey across the country to get back home to his human.
Forever Home – A Holiday Tail
Dreams can come true for the holidays
About the Film
Inspired by The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker, this #RescueFilm by Peter McEvilley shows that dreams can come true for the holidays.
Presented by Halo, Purely for Pets and starring The Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent.
Le Sauvetage (The Rescue)
About the Film
“Who rescued whom?” is a question often pondered by those who know the joy of rescuing a pet. This question was the impetus of this powerful short film.
“Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue) is a six-minute film produced by award-winning filmmaker and composer Peter McEvilley, starring the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent. The film is a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny….with a little help from a furry friend.
Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, opened the Sonoma festival April 2, 2014, and appeared at the Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France May 2014.