Sniff the Dog Movie
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Lynn Veale, President of the Phoenix Guide Dog Raisers, Inc. has invited film-makers Barry Stone and Kim Webster to Phoenix to present Sniff, a quirky, fun-loving celebration of dogs at work and play. Be among the first to see this dog-lovers dream movie on Friday, March 12.. There will be one screening only at 7:00 pm at The Madcap Theater, 730 South Mill Street, Tempe. The film-makers will be there to answer questions and tell stories about the making of Sniff. Twenty percent of proceeds from DVDs sold at the event will be split between the Foundation for Blind Children and Phoenix Guide Dog Raisers, Inc., a dedicated group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who come together for the purpose of raising, socializing and training future guide dogs for blind or visually impaired people.
Sniff is a family-oriented hybrid of fiction and documentary. Veteran British actors Neil Morrissey and Richard Huw star as unemployed actors Neil and Richard, who travel from London to San Francisco to work as concierges at Infinite Paws, a high-end dog hotel run by Neil's old flame Juliette (Amanda Plummer) and her husband Derek (Maurice Godin). On the job, Neil and Richard wear proper suits and realistic dog masks, but during off-hours they make a documentary about dogs. Outgoing Neil favors heart-warming vignettes about dogs that skateboard and surf, but bookish Richard is drawn to the heroic stories of guide dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. With locations including San Rafael's Guide Dogs for the Blind and the backdrop of scenic San Francisco, Sniff explores the world through a dogs eyes, ears and nose.
With overwhelming enthusiasm from local dog-owners and service-dog organizations, says director Barry Stone, weve made an action-packed, slightly zany, documentary about dogs that combines fun-loving real-life stories with fascinating information about how dogs sense the world, how theyre motivated and how working dogs are trained. All of this with no anthropomorphism!
Sniff follows the parallel stories of Mikey and Gabby, two puppies raised at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California as their career paths diverge. Mikey trains to become a Guide Dog, and Gabby, too exuberant to be a Guide, goes to Sundowners Ranch in Gilroy to learn the ropes as an NDSDF Search Dog.
Supporting dog organizations through a percentage of sales on their website and by pairing up with non-profits to host local screenings, Barry and his Producer wife Kim plan to work their way through the states, encouraging local audiences to come out and see Sniff amid the camaraderie of other dog-lovers. We love to see the audiences grinning from ear-to-ear as they watch these amazing animals do their thing!
Students from the Phoenix Foundation for Blind Children are invited to attend the Phoenix screening and will be able to listen to a special descriptive audio track on headsets, so that they can envision the action on screen. We've put this audio description as a special track on the DVDs as well as closed captioning for the hearing impaired. We want everyone to enjoy this film!
Were also proud that Ron Weckbacher and his Search dog Dawson, who appear in the film, were one of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation teams who went to Haiti to rescue victims of the earthquake in January, says Stone. We have great respect for these dogs and the dedication of their handlers and trainers.
People of all ages enjoy this film. Sniff is fast-paced, informative family entertainment, and youll find yourself tapping your toe to great music while you marvel at the dog stories with Grammy award-winning Laurie Lewis, Bob McFerrin Jr., Jon Herbst, Kitka, Zydeco Flames, Ken Kearney, and even surf-music icon Dick Dale.
730 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|