Top Dog Film Festival

Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories
about dogs and their people. After the sell-out debut tour in 2018, this cunningly canine filled
program of heartwarming and inspiring dog films is back with even more stops on the 2019 tour.
Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen from the surfing dog of Huntington Beach, the bus
riding pooch of Seattle, the husky dogs of Alaska to local working dogs and their hero, the pull on
your heartstring is guaranteed to be strong. Experience heartfelt stories of people who dedicate
their lives to improving the outcomes for man’s best friend and take a look at the lighter side of the
pet-owner relationship.

Filled will delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions. This
carefully curated program of short canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational,
heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent
films makers around the globe.

Get your tickets before they all sell out – you’d be barking mad to miss it.


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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.
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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.

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.

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.

In the mountains of Costa Rica, Lya Battle gives a second chance to over 1,000 stray dogs at her
sanctuary, and hope for those who have yet to be found.

A short film highlighting the passion and intrigue surrounding the winter sport of dog sledding.
The film profiles Blake and Jennifer Freking, a musher family from Finland, Minnesota who care for
60+ purebred Siberian Huskies. With over 20 years of working with the breed, they have each
competed in numerous long distance dog sled races such as the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and John
Beargrease Marathon. The film explores the challenges of living and raising a family off-grid in the
snowiest region of Minnesota and captures the Frekings’ devotion to the sport, spirit of adventure,
and commitment to the well being of their huskies.

In their zeal to treat dogs like members of the family, some pet owners are supplying their pups with
everything from “pawdicures” and full-on wardrobes, to five-star dog hotels and private chefs. Yet,
not all pup-lovers think that treating their dogs like human children is what's best for them.

When a little schnauzer with a sentimental attachment to his beard is brought in for a haircut, his
world is turned upside down.


Friday 23 August 8pm @The Hollywood, Sumner
Sunday 25 August 2pm @The Hollywood, Sumner (Encore)

Monday 26 August 6pm @Rialto Cinema, Moray Place

Thursday 29 August 8pm @The Roxy, Miramar
Friday 6 September 8pm @The Roxy, Miramar

Sunday 8 September 6pm @The Suter Art Gallery

Friday 20 September 7pm @ The Rialto Tauranga

Saturday 14 September 10am@ The Academy, Lorne St
*You can bring dogs to this event: See facebook event for more details and conditions:

Contact in NZ:
Nat Ward | NatURoll Productions
021 060 1736