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Run Time: 88 minutes
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.
Near West Theatre
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 6:10 PM
Tower City Cinemas
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Monday, April 01, 2019 at 11:50 AM
Film Is Art
Ad Hoc Docs Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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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.
WELL GROOMED (2019)
Rebecca Stern, Justin Levy, Matthew C. Mills
Cattle Rat Productions, Spacestation
This film is presented in honor of LISA GOODMAN, with love from her sister, MARCIE GOODMAN.