Los Angeles (PRWEB) April 21, 2014
The independent feature film Gone Doggy Gone has taken home the FirstGlance Film Fest’s top prize. In addition to “Best of Fest,” the film also took home “Audience Favorite Feature.” The Los Angeles film festival also served as the film’s premiere, which sold out and was in such hot demand that they had to sell standing-room only tickets.
On the red carpet before the screening was the canine star of the film—a Yorkie named Laila—who posed for the cameras and showed off her custom-made gown.
The next stop for the film is the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival which will take place April 23-27 in Dubuque, Iowa.
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.
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.