Extended Q&A with Geralyn Pezanoski, Director & Producer
Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. It not only displaced thousands of people, it also left thousands of dogs and cats homeless. Too many to be cared for locally, many of these companion animals were transported across the nation to be fostered—and often, adopted—by others. As time passed and their original guardians tried to reclaim them, the stage was set for emotional confrontations between the people who had been forced to leave their beloved pets behind and the people who had taken them in. Mine records some of these dramatic and often heart-wrenching stories.
Co-founder of Smush Media, Geralyn Pezanoski makes her feature directorial debut with Mine. In the midst of getting ready for the film’s January premiere, the woman behind the camera took time to talk to us about this important new documentary.
Bark: What inspired you to create Mine?
B: Tell us about Nola; did she play a part in your decision to make the film?
B: How did you deal with the emotions this subject evokes?
B: Which film moment do you feel speaks most to its theme?
B: What message would you like viewers to take away from your film?
Mine can be seen in selected theaters, or rented/purchased through iTunes. Find out more at mine-the-movie.blogspot.com and watch a video clip here.
For lovers of lists, the end of the year brings great rewards as the ubiquitous “best of” compilations pour in from every corner of popular culture — favorite films, indispensable music, memorable news moments. Equal parts honor roll, gamesmanship and shopping list, they offer a chance for reflection and an opportunity to savor recent pleasures. We couldn’t resist compiling our own roll call of favorites for the “best dog cinema” of the past decade: nine films, one documentary subject and two canine-stealing scenes that we found enchanting or thought-provoking—and often both.
Wendy and Lucy, 2008
The Savages, 2007
Year of the Dog, 2007
Traveling with Pets, 2007
Dealing Dogs, 2006
Hurricane Katrina Documentaries
Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005
The Cave of the Yellow Dog, 2005
Still Life with Animated Dogs, 2001
My Dog Skip, 2000
Best in Show, 2000
Do you have a favorite dog film or canine-stealing scene from the past decade? We’d love to hear about it—post your comments below.
News: Guest Posts
Bark readers get festive with their pups!
Thanks for the fantastic, funny, beautiful and poignant holiday photos. There wasn’t a disappointing shot in the bunch. It was such a joy to see them all—that is, until we had to narrow them down to a manageable slideshow. There was no science, believe us. Some photos struck a nostalgic chord, while others exuded undeniable holiday cheer (one or two pups look like they may have gotten into the eggnog), and still others had a great rescue story, for which we’re serious suckers at Bark. So enjoy a little paw-la-la with us.
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Rescue groups and their fabulous canine calendars
The words “noble, wise and downright precious” describe 2010’s pack of calendar dog models. Across the country, nonprofit animal welfare groups have assembled some of the most irresistible faces, and all you have to do to see them is click below. Even better, by purchasing one of these calendars, you’re helping yourself and a good cause at the same time. Don’t delay—time’s flying! P.S.: Check in with your local rescue and shelter groups, who may also be offering calendars—support your home-town heroes!
American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue
BADRAP’s “My Dog Is Family” or “Happy Endings”
Barks of Love
Border Collie Rescue of Northern California
Canine Companions for Independence’s “Guide Dogs” or “SF 49ers and Canine Companions”
Dogs Deserve Better
Downtown Dog Rescue
For the Love of Rescues
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation’s “Makin’ Me Smile”
National Mill Dog Rescue
New Beginnings Dog Rescue
Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
Saving Shelter Pets
Southeastern Greyhound Club’s “Growing Up Greyhound”
Sula Foundation’s “The Pit Bulls of New Orleans”
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation “Celebrity Pet Calendar”
The Unexpected Pit Bull
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