RENT FOR 48 HOURS A heart-warming collection of crowd favourites from the first 3 Top Dog Film Festival programs. Watch old favourites and share them with the other dog lovers in your life. 7 Short films that will introduce you to a small white surfing street dog, the world of dogs in adventure sports and a very special rescue in Ecuador. Films included in this program: Surfing with Sugar, Odd Jobs for Dogs, Arthur, Dog Power, Groomed & Old Dog.
The program includes introduction by Top Dog Film Festival founder Jemima Robinson, a 5 minute intermission. Films include:
OLD DOG: New Zealand farmer Paul Sorenson has a unique connection with his colleagues — a team of sheep dogs. For 40 years, he’s worked to develop smarter and more intuitive training methods for fellow farmers, while grappling with memories of a difficult childhood. Reaching retirement, the veteran dog whisperer passes his knowledge to the next generation of shepherds and reflects on the sacrifices he’s made to pursue his intense passion for dogs.
ODD JOBS FOR DOGS: A Top Dog Film Festival original production that delves into the interesting and unique jobs that dogs do. While there is endless data on the types of jobs humans do there is little documented about the jobs that dogs do and the impact they have on our lives and workplaces. We meet four dogs from different walks of life and very different jobs and learn about the work they do.
GROOMED: When a little schnauzer with a sentimental attachment to his beard is brought in for a haircut, his world is turned upside down.
SURFING WITH SUGAR: Meet Ryan Rustan and his canine companion Sugar the surfing dog. Ryan grew up in Huntington Beach and comes from a long line of surfers. From an early age he hung out at the pier and got into a rough crowd of hardcore surf rats, leading to a troubled life as a young man. His path to healing came in an unlikely form: meeting and rescuing a street dog (and future surfing partner), Sugar. The two have since become local legends, inspiring visitors and locals with their abilities in the waves and their special relationship.
CRUISIN CANINE: Eclipse is one smart Lab. She also loves going to the dog park. So much so that she took herself one day – on the bus no less. This is the story of Eclipse. Seattle’s bus-riding dog.
DOG POWER: Get a rare view into the world of dog-powered sports and the special bond that forms between dogs and their humans as they live, work and play together. Wannabe musher Kale Casey buys an eight-week-old Siberian Husky puppy called Misty, determined to become a world champion canicross and skijor racer. It soon becomes clear that Misty has other ideas… but by this stage Kale is fascinated by the diverse group of dogs and humans who train, play and race together in the ultimate manifestation of the human/animal bond.
ARTHUR: Heading into the Adventure Racing World Championships, Team Peak Performance for Sweden – Mikael and Helena Lindnord, Simon Niemi, Karen Lundgren and Staffan Björklund – was one of the best squads. The course spanned 700 kilometres, reaching about 15,000 feet in elevation and spanning 13 different climate zones across Ecuador. On Day 4 of the race, the team reached a transition area, ready to change disciplines from biking to trekking. Just a few hours behind the leaders – close in race terms – the team’s course would suddenly change. A then-unnamed stray dog approached Lindnord. The animal was in poor condition, severely injured with a large wound on its back. This chance encounter lead to a 10,400km journey for one dog to join a team and find a home.