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Pet Therapy

DOCUMENTARY | 5 – 10 MIN. | EVERYDAY LIFE, HEALING AFTER LONELINESS, HEALTH CHALLENGES

A Zimbabwean-born animal advocate shares the power of the human-dog connection.

But What Does It Mean?

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Even when we feel that we have a sense of a film’s meaning, there is often more to uncover.

Watch this video to better understand the film and why we selected it for the festival.

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Just like Diana Roberts, draw, paint, or take a photograph of a pet or animal that has given you love and solace. Reflect on the different ways the animal has comforted and supported you and the relationship that you had together. How can you capture this in your work?

Meet the Filmmaker

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Charles Frank is a director, editor, and co-founder of Voyager, a Brooklyn-based production company. He makes films that are empathetic, humanistic and heart filled. His work has reached over 10 million people online, been featured in The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and SF Globe, and received numerous Vimeo Staff Picks. He served as an editor on a short for The New York Times Op-Docs, and on “4 Your Eyez Only,” a feature doc for HBO on rapper J. Cole. Through all of his work, he strives to connect audiences to the subjects on screen, but also to one another.

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WHY THEY MADE THE FILM

“I came across Diana’s story in a skijoring Facebook group and was moved to reach out. We had a brief phone call where she shared a few stories and her feelings toward her animals. It immediately captivated me and within a couple of weeks Jeff Melanson (cinematographer & composer) and I were traveling her way to start filming.”

Cinematographer & Composer: Jeff Melanson
Editor: Nico Bovat
Sound Designer & Mixer: Calvin Pia

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