Stray Dog

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30

Debra Granik | 100 min, USA, 2014

Whenever someone asks what I mean when I say that too many docs look and feel the same, I can say, 'None of them are like Stray Dog.'Dan Schindel, Nonfics

Director Debra Granik met Ron “Stray Dog” Hall while scouting in Southern Missouri on her previous film, Winter’s Bone. After meeting him by chance at a biker church, Granik asked him to read for the role of Thump Milton. Although he did not have previous acting experience, he was game, and proved well-suited to the role. After filming wrapped, Granik visited Stray Dog at his RV park for what may have been a final goodbye. Instead, an unanticipated, hours-long conversation ensued, ranging from Ron’s childhood growing up in the Bootheel of Missouri, his experiences as a young soldier in Vietnam and the evolution of his spirituality to his struggle to balance family obligations, emerging symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and his identity as a veteran. This conversation planted the seeds for what turned into three years of following Ron and his family.

The film premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and won Best Documentary Feature. DCTV is honored to screen Stray Dog, Debra Granik's latest film and first foray into documentary.

Post-Screening Q&A

Debra Granik (Director) is the Academy Award-nominated director and co-writer of Winter's Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first feature film, Down to the Bone, won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Tory Stewart (Editor, Producer) is a film editor based in New York via Berlin via San Francisco, with experience spanning Production and Art Department as well as Post. Her work includes narrative and documentary film and television projects for HBO, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.

Eric Phillips-Horst (Cinematographer) is a director, producer and cinematographer based in New York. Some of his featured work includes broadcast TV (PBS, Biography Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Arte France), documentary and independent festival circuits (CPH:DOX, Rooftop Films, HBO NY, LA Latino) and numerous online publications (The Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, TED Talks, Indiepix). He is also part of three filmmaking collectives: Brooklyn Filmmakers, Meerkat Media, The Goddamn Cobras.


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