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We created this particular "dog". This is a story of rescue, the rescue of a dog and the rescue of a woman. They were both lost, until they found eachother.
REVEIW OF "THE DOGWALKER": by David Lamble (reprinted from Bay Area Reporter)
When first we glimpse her, Ellie
Moore (Diane Gaidry) has enlisted in
her own one-woman Witness
Protection Program, pushing past
pedestrians at the airport to grab the
first plane out of Buffalo, just steps
ahead of a mad-dog boyfriend, who
has to be physically restrained from
getting at her on the plane.
Most men are dogs to Ellie: she's mugged by drug-dealing mutts,
propositioned by a creepy upscale john, rejected for waitress work by
a basset hound-like fast-food manager. What can she expect when she
wakes up from a drunken stupor surrounded by a pack of actual dogs?
Yielding to her instinct to run, Ellie bashes her already battered skull
into the nearest tree. She has fallen down a kind of urban rabbit-hole,
emerging into the otherworldly haunts of the dogwalkers and dogowners
of Laurel Canyon.
One of the natural leaders of this enclave is one of the most
misanthropic female characters since Margaret Hamilton terrorized
little girls and their little dogs. Looking a
bit like Anne Bancroft in a fright wig,
and acting like a meaner version of
Ratso Rizzo, Betsy Wright (the late
Pamela Gordon) administers tough
love as if it were New Year's Eve
Writer/director Jacques Thelemaque
(Gaidry's off-screen husband) resists
anthropomorphizing the dogs,
instead investing his human
characters with animal attributes.
Ellie, a kind of bedraggled cocker
spaniel badly in need of obedience training, meets Betsy, the human
pit bull, whom rumor credits with murdering her husband. Ellie's
rocky road back to full human status is enlivened by a morose, potsmoking
poodle of a boyfriend, Walter (Lyn Vaus), and a Cheshire
Cat-like pet psychic, Alyson (Lisa Jane Persky).
Your opinion of The Dogwalker will depend on whether you can
endure a very gritty first act that references virtually every horror
facing battered women. For a male-loving homosexual, it's hard to
adjust to just how loathsome a lot of guys can be when given the whiphand
in a relationship. But in truth, Thelemaque and his brave cast
are more interested in delving into why interspecies love is far more
appealing to so many humans than affection for other humans of any
As the recovering survivor from a family of dedicated animal-lovers,
and as a former dogwalker who counts among his most treasured
moments time spent with the dog-loving AIDS widows of Silverlake's
Lucile Avenue, I appreciate a dogcentric universe shorn of all cute pet
tricks. Instead of cuddly pseudo-humans, the many dogs in Ellie's life
act like temple gods or guides through the underworld. The Dogwalker is in many ways a dark comedy about a micro-slice of
LA madness in the tradition of Laurel Canyon and Ellie Parker, in
which an odd job - record producer, aspiring actress, dogwalker -
becomes a window into the normally invisible ways of life. A terrific
wordless scene has Ellie and Betsy pass into a hillside mansion past
layers of immigrant hired help, and into a bedroom where the dog of
the manor awaits his leash stroll.
Gaidry is sensational in a role that requires a quiet husbanding of
every sundry emotion, knowing just when to hold back and let loose.
Two crying jags - one in front of the fierce Betsy, another for the
benefit of a Viking-like bar trick after good sex - demonstrate how an
artist can go from zero to 60 and reveal an entire lifetime of pain
without soliciting stock responses from other characters or the
Pamela Gordon died in 2003, a couple of years after filming wrapped.
This performance as the one of the screen's most irascible and least
sentimental guardian angels is the best kind of memorial.
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Special Benefit/Preview Screening of "The Dogwalker" at Laemmle’s Monica 4 on Aug. 23rd
You are cordially invited to a preview screening of “The Dogwalker” on August 23rd, 2006 at the Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica to benefit:
ARTS FIGHTING CANCER.
Your attendance is most sincerely appreciated.
Date: August 23, 2006
Time: (Screening) 7:30 p.m.
(Reception) Approximately 10:00 p.m. - immediately following the screening
Location: (Screening) - Laemmle’s Monica 4; 1332 2nd Street; Santa Monica, 90401; ph (310) 394-9741
Location: (Reception) - Ma'kai Lounge; 101 Broadway Ave.; Santa Monica , CA 90401. ph (310) 434-1511
www.makailounge.com. Valet Parking available. Guests will receive two drink tickets per person for beer or wine, and appetizers.
Screening & Party $35.00
Tickets can be purchased by visiting htttp://www.laemmle.com and selecting Monica 4
Our apologies, there are no free passes for this event.
THE DOGWALKER OPENS IN THEATERS
NOW PLAYING - Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael
OPENS AUGUST 25TH IN LOS ANGELES - LAEMMLE’S MUSIC HALL
bigfo ot entertainment and filmmakers alliance present
Diane Gaidry Pamela Gordon
written and directed by Jacques Thelemaque
“...if you’ve ever
animal, or been
rescued by one,
THE DOGWALKER is
the film to see...”
- Gini Barrett, Veterinary PhD.
- Kevin Thomas, LA Times
September 8 - Crossroads Cinemas, Boulder
and Chez Artiste, Denver
September 15 - Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, Buffalo
September 22 - Lagoon Cinemas, Minneapolis
Sept 29 - Century Centre Cinemas, Chicago
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