The New York Dog Film Festival
The New York Times reports that dogs are finally having their day…
Cats, and many of their people, will tell you that the world revolves around them.
The exhibition “How Cats Took Over the Internet” is running for six months at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and the 2015 Internet Cat Film Festival screened last week at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.
Now, the first New York Dog Film Festival is here to help even the score.
Saturday afternoon at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, 40 short films (running from 60 seconds to 30 minutes) will be screened over two sessions. The festival aims to showcase a bond that’s deeper, and more magical, than “man’s best friend” implies. Dogs and humans have been cohabiting for thousands of years, and as with many relationships, it’s complicated.
The humorist Merrill Markoe, whose three shorts at the festival include “A Conversation With My Dogs,” said in an interview: “One reason I love dogs is because they are hilarious. Every time I’m sure that we share the same soul, I notice he is chewing on an old Band-Aid.”
Ms. Markoe, known for her work on “Late Night With David Letterman” (Stupid Pet Tricks and videos like “Dog Poetry”) and books like “What the Dogs Have Taught Me,” will be hosting a dog film festival in Virginia in two weeks — this canine cinema thing could be a trend.
The Dog Film Festival was created by Tracie Hotchner, the founder of the Radio Pet Lady Network and the author of “The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know” (and “The Cat Bible: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know” — note the subtle Dog Wants/Cat Expects distinction).
Many of the festival’s offerings can be found on YouTube — home to cat-film superstars like the box-addicted Maru and the droll existentialist Henri, le Chat Noir, as well as cats and dogs doing random, ridiculous things. But this event promises “all dogs, all day” on a big screen in a 765-seat theater, in the company of fellow pup lovers.
The artist William Wegman, who has been making videos with his Weimaraners since the 1970s, has remastered his 1995 film “The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold,” a deadpan comedy with costumed dogs-as-humans sniffing out a mystery.
“Second Chances,” an episode of the PBS series “Shelter Me: Partners for Life,” shows prisoners training shelter dogs to be service dogs. (Canine lives aren’t the only ones transformed.)
Circus poodles, a surfing dog, a canine cosmonaut, a “Courage the Cowardly Dog” cartoon (with a visit from the show’s creator, John R. Dilworth), a sci-fi film about a geneticist who becomes a dog — all are part of the festival. A black Lab from Australia named Helen romps valiantly in “Game of Bones,” a cuddlier reimagining of a certain HBO hit.
Two French-speaking strays scheme to bring two lonely Parisians together in “Le Sauvetage (The Rescue).” A clever Jack Russell terrier, Jesse, who plans to attend the festival with his human, Heather Brooks, cheerfully lends a paw with household chores in his “Useful Dog Tricks” series.
So tranquil. So peaceful. So…
“We were sitting there, fishing, facing the bank, and then behind us we hear a splash,” Frost told BuzzFeed News. “I thought it was a fish jumping out of the water. I turned around and saw something swimming in the water – and then we heard it meow.”
Frost pulled the kitten to safety and the relieved little kitty began exploring the boat, meowing contently.
“This is by far the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” Frost said. “Nobody I’ve spoken to has ever seen anything like it. Nobody even knew cats could swim.”
But as Frost pulled the first cat to safety, Key heard ANOTHER splash and soon saw a second kitty desperately making its way to the boat.
“There were no houses for miles,” Frost said. “Somebody probably dropped them off there in the middle of the night. They were so desperate they swam all the way out to us and almost jumped in the boat.”
The Animal Hall of Fame Award celebrates the companion and working animals of California and the veterinarians who care for them. The winning animal is inducted into the CVMA Animal Hall of Fame and the care provider receives a plaque.
— The nominated animal must be living and reside in California.
— Nominations are to be made by a veterinarian or a client through a veterinarian (Veterinarian need not be a member of CVMA), by the humane society, SPCA, or other animal care agency in California, or by a constituent veterinary association.
— The owner of the animal has given permission for nomination.
— Nominee must be a living animal of any domesticated species, which through unselfish and courageous accomplishments exemplifies the affection, loyalty, security, and value of the human animal bond.
Nominations must include the following:
— Nomination form (see below)
— One 8 x 10 photograph of the nominated animal
— Minimum of two letters supporting the nomination, not to exceed five letters
— Relevant published material about the nominee (newspaper or magazine articles), not to exceed five pages. Internet hyperlinks, video/audio acceptable.
Presentation of the award shall be made during CVMA’s Installation and Awards Ceremony at the Pacific Veterinary Conference in San Francisco, June, 2016.
All submitted material becomes the property of the CVMA and will not be returned.
NOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.
Please fill out the form and submit to CVMA. Nomination form must be received in the CVMA office before December 31, 2015.
The incident occurred last Thursday morning when the stray bullet went through a window in Angelica Sipe’s home in York.
“It took me a second to realize what just happened. The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep. Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot,” Sipe said.
The bullet went in the couch and then hit Opie, who was laying there. “It came in the top of his head, out the bottom of his neck, and back into his shoulder and out his armpit rib area,” said Sipe.
And it didn’t stop there. The bullet ricocheted.
Bullet holes in Sipe’s couch showed where it hit the couch that Sipe was sleeping on. The bullet then flew across the room to a love seat and lodged in a pillow, just inches from her young son Daemire.
“It could have been my son,” said Sipe as she teared up. She is convinced Opie saved her son by taking the bullet, and she knew she had to save his life too.