One in five people let their dog sleep in their bed every night, 61% of women tell their dog about their problems, 63% of dog owners give their pets presents at Christmas and 14% of men admit their dogs show them more affection than their loved ones.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
The independent feature film Gone Doggy Gone has been accepted by FirstGlance Film Festival, and is set to premiere at the festival’s opening night taking place April 4 in Los Angeles. The film’s trailer was unveiled today at GoneDoggyGone.com.
The comedy is about a couple—stuck in a lack-luster marriage—that treat their dog like it is their own baby. Working the grind in Los Angeles, they leave little time for each other. What free time they have is spent doting on the dog, until it gets kidnapped. The movie explores what lengths people will go to save their “babies”—which for many modern couples are not human, but covered in fur. The filmmakers refer to these as “fur babies.”
While the plot makes for a great comedy caper, pets being kidnapped and held for ransom or sold online for profit is a very real phenomenon according to Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter who co-wrote, co-directed and co-star in the film.
As zany as the plot may sound, the inspiration came from real-life stories. So-called “pet flipping” has fast become a profitable business all across the country and it is further perpetuated by the fact that law enforcement won’t take reports of stolen pets. This injustice is also depicted within the film, albeit with a more “comical effect” than in real life, added Brown whose real-life pet Yorkie named Laila stars in the film as the kidnapped pooch.
The original inspiration came when Brown’s dog sitter started calling Laila her 'BFF' and taking her to the movies and nail appointments.
“She started bringing my dog home later and later each night,” said Brown. “I thought, what if one night she just never brought her home?”
Gone Doggy Gone attempts to explore this new type of ‘parenthood’ taking place within the millennial generation.
“Are these fur babies becoming a surrogate for human babies?” asked Brown, adding that their research uncovered some shocking (but hilarious) statistics.
“According to what we found,” said Walter. “One in five people let their dog sleep in their bed every night, 61 percent of women tell their dog about their problems, 63 percent of dog owners give their pets presents at Christmas and 14 percent of men admit their dogs show them more affection than their loved ones.”
“What’s next?” joked Walter. “Naturally, it will be fur-baby strollers and fur-baby Bjorns.” (Both of which are included in the film of course).
“Through their journey of reclaiming their dog, our protagonists embark on a cross country chase, get robbed at gunpoint, and spend a dark evening with a psychic seer where they uncover their deepest fears and reconnect with their loved ones,” said Walter.
The result is a hilarious film getting some serious recognition. In addition to the FirstGlance Film Fest, Gone Doggy Gone also been accepted into the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, which will take place April 23-27 in Debuque, Iowa.
Gone Doggy Gone is a production of Buzzworm Films, produced by Adriane Zaudke (of Alleged Industries) and Rebecca Hu (of Kungfu-Barbie Productions). For more information about the film, to view the trailer and see a complete list of cast and crew, go to GoneDoggyGone.com.
To purchase tickets for the film’s premier on 8 p.m., April 4, at Regal Cinemas in Downtown Los Angeles, go to FirstGlanceFilms.com/tickets.
ABOUT FIRST GLANCE FILM FEST
First GlanceFilm Festival is in its 17th year, producing film festivals in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. This year marks the14th Annual FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles, which is set for April 4-6 in Downtown Los Angeles.
Named five times as one of the “Best Film Festival Investments” by Movie Maker Magazine and “One of the Festivals for the Rest of Us” by Time Magazine, FirstGlance has become a leader in mid-sized film festivals.
Applauded by filmmakers and attendees as one of the best programmed festivals, FirstGlance accepts all genres and shows an amazing mix of short and feature length films, the best indie films on the festival circuit, before they hit theaters. Audiences vote for “Best of the Fest” and are invited to come mix and mingle with filmmakers, cast and crew at great after parties.
For more information, go to FirstGlanceFilms.com.