Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Well Groomed


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes

Well Groomed
Well Groomed
Well Groomed
Well Groomed

If you have never seen a creative dog grooming competition, take everything you think you know about dog shows and turn it on its head. Picture dog fur dyed with every color under the sun and then transformed into mermaids, dinosaurs, Disney characters, and Johnny Depp’s face. It’s really something you have to see to believe. To creative groomers, dogs are not just companions, but works of art… expensive and all-consuming works of art. The time and money spent on these projects make creative grooming not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. WELL GROOMED is a documentary that follows four creative groomers through their triumphs and challenges on their journeys to the world’s largest grooming competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania. While at first you might be drawn to this movie out of sheer curiosity, by the end you will find yourself emotionally invested and rooting for your favorite underdog (no pun intended) to win first place. —G.S.

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Near West Theatre

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 6:10 PM

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Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:50 PM

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 11:50 AM

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ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

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Rebecca Stern

Rebecca Stern is a director and the producer living in Brooklyn, New York. She started out in documentary film as the production coordinator of Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary, “Cartel Land,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on A&E, and released worldwide theatrically. She is the producer of “Tre Maison Dasan,” a documentary exploring the lives of children affected by parental incarceration, also playing at the CIFF this year.


Rebecca Stern, Justin Levy, Matthew C. Mills

Alexander Lewis

Katharina Stroh

Print Source

This film is presented in honor of LISA GOODMAN, with love from her sister, MARCIE GOODMAN.

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