Tracie Hotchner’s First Annual Dog Film Festival is a Howling Success

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The Dog Film Festival on the marquee of The Crest Theatre in Westwood. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

The Dog Film Festival on the marquee of The Crest Theatre in Westwood. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

By: Christy Oldham @demigoddesspictures

Westwood, California- Los Angeles celebrated its love for dogs at the cities first-ever Dog Film Festival on June 5th, showcasing the exceptional connection between dogs and their humans. The Canine has been a humans’ constant companion for centuries after all. So much so that in fact, a team of international researchers scientifically concluded that dogs were domesticated not once but twice, both in Europe and Asia; two different groups of people living thousands of miles apart who loved and appreciated the company of dogs some 14,000 years ago. And here in Hollywood, we love dogs so much that we make movies about them!

The Dog Film Festival founder Tracie Hotchner and Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

The Dog Film Festival founder Tracie Hotchner and Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Founded by Tracie Hotchner, the first annual Dog Film Festival was held at The Crest Theatre in Westwood to a packed house of eager humans and their dogs. Presented by the Radio Pet Lady Network and made possible by a generous grant from the Petco Foundation, the Dog Film Festival honored the canine with two programming blocks of film screenings.

Each block was composed of short films in the genres of animation, documentary and live action narrative with ticket sales benefiting The Lange Foundation and Downtown Dog Rescue.

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Audience member with her dogs. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Remastered specifically for The Dog Film Festival, The Hardly Boys In Hardly Gold, directed by world renowned photographer William Wegman, was a standout twenty eight minute film, shot on 35mm in 1995, and that which screened at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Wegman’s work always stars his famous Weimaraner dogs including “Man Ray“, “Fay Ray and Fay’s litter “Battina“, “Crooky and “Chundo.

The animated short, The Lewis Lectures, by Merrill Markoe, was a great film which depicted what dogs are actually thinking and doing when we leave the house without them. Useful Dog Tricks by Heather Brook highlighted the multiple ways that her adorable Jack Russell “Jesse” helps her around the house.

Audience members with their dogs. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Audience members with their dogs. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

Beverly Hills Chihuahuas co-founder Carmen Diaz Medina. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Beverly Hills Chihuahuas co-founder Carmen Diaz Medina. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

The second block was even more diverse with the inclusion of French Foreign films Le Sauvetage and La Vie D’un Chien, the latter being my favorite which demonstrated superb filmmaking execution with narration and the photo shopping of still photographs under a sci-fi inspired motif in black & white, making it a perfect canine Film Noir.

The 1999 15 minute documentary NYC-Life on a Leash, by Mike Carroll, was by far the most entertaining for the canine audience members who howled and barked with excitement as they watched a dog walker bring a pack of dogs to the park. More highlights below:

Excited audience members. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Adorable audience members. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Excited Dog Film Festival attendee. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Addison Witt and his dogs. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

Actor Lou Wegner and friend. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Actor Lou Wegner and friend on the green carpet for the Dog Film Festival. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Dog lovers attend the Dog Film Festival. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Dog lovers attend the Dog Film Festival. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut at the Dog Film festival. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

Eager theatre goers and their dogs outside The Crest theatre. Photo by: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Eager theatre goers and their dogs outside The Crest theatre. Photo by: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

Tracie Hotchner and DGC Editorial Director Clinton H. Wallace. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Tracie Hotchner and DGC Editorial Director Clinton H. Wallace attend the Dog Film Festival. Photo by DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Susanne Kogut and Filmmaker Christy Oldham. Photo by: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Susanne Kogut and Filmmaker Christy Oldham attend the Dog Film Festival. Photo by: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

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christy oldham
About christy oldham
Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. “Barracuda” is a social message film about normal professional men who are also pedophiles and rapists. She wrote, produced and directed the film 7 years before the #metoo movement. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series. “Vape Warz” is streaming on Amazon Video Direct in the UK and USA. She lives in Los Angeles.

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