Our POST-PRODUCTION Wishlist
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Color Correction and HD Conversion
*We want our movie to look fantastic, so we need a great colorist and more!
|$25.00 per portion||
15 of 600
*The title sequence of a film is uber-important: think "Saturday Night Fever" or "The Conversation."
|$1,500.00 per service||
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Archival Footage: 1970s NYC
*Authentic footage NYC in the 1970s will give THE DOG the gritty, authentic look it deserves.
|$25.00 per each||
19 of 100
Archival Footage: Bank Robbery
*What would this documentary be without the actual footage of the bank robbery? #mustsee
|$25.00 per piece||
47 of 400
Archival Footage: Lewisburg Prison
*Curious about John's time in Lewisburg Prison? You've got to see the authentic 1970s footage.
|$25.00 per piece||
7 of 40
Archival Footage: News Coverage
The robbery unfolded on television. See the event as it was reported live by the media.
|$50.00 per piece||
10 of 120
Archival Footage: The Dog after prison
*See what The Dog was up to in the 80s.
|$25.00 per piece||
5 of 240
Archival Footage: The Dog's Mother
*Archival footage of The Dog’s mother.
|$25.00 per piece||
6 of 200
Archival Photography: 1970s Photographers
*Images of The Dog taken by 1970s iconic photographers.
|$100.00 per each||
6 of 80
Archival Photography: Events
*Original photographs that depict the real-life events in the film will make the movie come alive!
|$25.00 per each||
2 of 160
Graphic Designer: Photo Animation
*The graphic designers will make each photo come to life, bringing the film to a whole new level!
|$25.00 per piece||
11 of 180
Graphic Designer: Poster Design
*The poster for THE DOG will be a work of art created by Labour (www.labour-ny.com). This is key!!!
|$500.00 per service||
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$ 10 or more
$ 25 or more
You will receive THE DOG postcard signed by the directors. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 50 or more
You will receive an exclusive THE DOG T-shirt, which you can wear proudly! You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 100 or more
You will receive the official THE DOG poster. (It is being developed by our graphics team right now, and given the great images they have to work with, we are sure it will be fantastic!) You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 150 or more
You will be part of a 90-minute live Ask Me Anything group chat with the filmmakers. Note: Each call will be limited to 5 participants. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 200 or more
You will receive two tickets to an exclusive screening of THE DOG, with a Q&A with the filmmakers following the film. Date: TBD in Fall 2013; New York City. Note: Travel and accommodations not included. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 250 or more
We will thank you in the end credits of THE DOG! Watch for your name in the "thank you" portion of the end credits when the film is released. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 500 or more
Join us on a Dog Day Afternoon field trip – hosted by the filmmakers! Check out the real locations of the bank and where the film was shot, and eat at Nathan’s in Coney Island (The Dog’s favorite)! Hear stories about the making of the film. Note: travel to meet spot in Brooklyn and accommodations not included. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 750 or more
A one-hour personal phone call -- or if you are in New York, in person! -- with the filmmakers of THE DOG. Ask whatever you like about the making of the film, or get documentary filmmaking advice. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 1000 or more
Get a pair of tickets to the New York City premiere of THE DOG, where you’ll meet the directors in person, have drinks with the directors before or after the screening, and see the film with an exclusive audience. Spend the evening with the people who made the film possible! Note: transportation and accommodations not included. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!
$ 5000 or more
At this level, we are humbled by the extent of your support. You are a true patron of independent film! We'd rob a bank for you, but we don't know how. What we can do is offer you a pair of tickets to the World Premiere of THE DOG at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013. Note: transportation and accommodations not included.
We began making THE DOG in 2002. A year earlier, we were watching DOG DAY AFTERNOON, and at the end, the film stated that the bank robber was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We counted wrong, and so, due to bad math, we mistakenly thought that the real-life bank robber, John Wojtowicz, was still in prison and would be released sometime that year.
We immediately thought that it would be interesting to find out what kind of a person he was, and we wanted to hear his story. A lot of great American films were made in the 1970s, but DOG DAY AFTERNOON was one of our favorites -- the story of an anti-hero, an outsider, a brazen New York character, brought to life on screen in an unforgettable performance by Al Pacino... We really wanted to meet the real-life person on whom it was based.
We looked up the name "Wojtowicz" and found John's mother, Terry, in Brooklyn. We told her we were doing some research and would like to speak with John. She was very sweet and told us she'd pass along the message. At about 2:00 am, the phone rang. This is the Dog calling. My mother told me you sounded sexy, so I'm calling you back. It wasn't the most professional beginning... but it was certainly memorable. We spent the next several hours on the phone with "The Dog."
John had been out of prison for years and was living in Brooklyn. We met in person soon after, and he recounted endless and bewildering stories about his life and lovers -- for about 8 hours straight. John made an impression immediately -- he was charismatic in his own way: hilarious, out of control, somewhat scary... and he seemed to speak his mind at all times.
Over the years, we became very close to "The Dog" and his mother Terry. There were many times that we visited them without a camera in hand, or with a camera but choosing not to shoot. The intimacy that comes across in the film was something that grew out of spending many days and evenings together, over a long period of time.
As outspoken as he was, it took some time for John to really open up and go beyond the immediate story of the bank robbery. And as we grew closer to him and his mother, we learned that there was much more to the story than what we were initially aware of. Had the film been made over the course of a year (which was the original plan), it would never have had the scope or the complexity that it ended up having.
As proud as we are of the film, it was also an important life experience for us. We tried to create a film in which audiences would have the opportunity to experience The Dog as we did -- someone who would make you laugh, surprise you, offend you and test you, sometimes all in the same moment.
John also shared an incredible wealth of archival material that he had kept. This gave us the ability to illustrate his story in a much more personal and unique way; the movie ended up being something like an off-the-wall, Forrest Gump-like ride through his life. It was a challenge to track the whole story down and piece it all together. But it was fascinating. And we were also able to film many of the people who figured so prominently in John's life, including his mother Terry and first wife Carmen, who added whole other layers to the story.
It's not often that you find a subject matter that can keep you interested and passionate for over a decade. Making this film hasn't been a very easy task, and it's certainly been a financial struggle. But we always came back to THE DOG. We wanted to tell this story, and we wanted audiences to see it.
I guess you could say that at some point, we couldn't stop making this movie. At some point we knew that we had to finish what we started, and that we were the people who would really tell this story fully -- in all of its sex-crazed, unapologetic, shocking, hilarious and historically-significant glory. We hope you enjoy it.
Premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, THE DOG is a feature-length documentary about John Wojtowicz, the real-life bank robber behind the film DOG DAY AFTERNOON. In August 1972, John robbed a bank in Brooklyn to pay for the sex-change operation of his lover, Ernie. Things didn't go as planned, and as John and his collaborator Sal Naturile tried to leave the bank with the loot, they found themselves surrounded by the New York City Police Department, the FBI, and hundreds of spectators. What was supposed to last only a few minutes became a 14-hour standoff, involving 9 hostages and unfolding live on television. The story would later reach an even broader audience through Al Pacino's unforgettable performance in Sidney Lumet's classic 1975 film.
Our documentary, THE DOG, is John Wojtowicz's own account of what happened that day, of his relationship with his lover, Ernest Aron -- and so much more. This is John Wojtowicz, an unforgettable, larger-than-life character, telling his life story in his own words. Through John's personal photographs and letters, as well as incredible archival footage of the actual bank robbery and the day's aftermath, the film reveals an outrageous, unapologetic, hilarious and perplexing man who chose to live his life by his own rules, for better or for worse.
Reality and fiction, celebrity and infamy, memoir and myth -- the lines get blurred as John Wojtowicz entertains us, offends us, and enthralls us by sharing the tales of his unusual life.
We have received the unbelievably exciting news that THE DOG will have its World Premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in September! After that, we plan to take the film on the festival circuit, in order to generate buzz, introduce the film to audiences, and, with a little luck, secure a wider distribution platform (or several). We are pleased to be working with Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment as our sales agent.
It’s been a while, but we have very exciting news to give you:
THE DOG will open in U.S theaters on August 8th!
It’s been a long haul, but THE DOG is finally set to hit the big screen, after a tremendous festival run (the film played, among others, at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Berlin, SXSW, San Francisco, Sheffield and recently had its L.A premiere at Outfest).
Drafthouse Films is doing the theatrical release, and we couldn’t be more excited. (Digital distribution and DVD will follow later).
In New York, we are thrilled to announce that the film will open simultaneously at the IFC Center and Lincoln Center from August 8th to the 14th – a dream come true. And on August 15th, it will open in Harlem at the Maysles Cinema (created by legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.).
In Los Angeles, the film will open at Cinefamily and the Downtown Independent on August 8th and expand to the Arena theater the week of the 15th.
And also starting on the 15th, the film will expand to over 20 other cities, with more to come! For a current schedule, you can visit the following page:
If the film is not playing at a theater near you, not to worry: The Dog will also be available on Video on Demand and Itunes starting the week of August 15th as well. We recommend that you do not watch with small kids around – wait til they go to bed!
As for our European friends… THE DOG will be broadcast by the BBC, in the UK, in the fall of 2014. Details to come! We are also working on distribution in the rest of Europe, and hopefully the world – so stay tuned!
Of course, the build-up to the release is reaching gold-rush-panic levels here, at The Dog Headquarters, but to keep you entertained while we attempt to get ready, check out the new trailer for the film:
None of this would have ever happened without your help, and we truly thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we really hope that you will be pleased when you see the finished film.
We also owe you a huge apology for the delay in fulfilling the incentives promised during the crowd-funding campaign, but don’t despair. When we signed our distribution deal, it became clear that a new poster and possibly new t-shirts would be designed, so we waited. As with anything that has to do with the film industry, the wait might have been longer than we thought, but everything is finally happening now. After all, the film took us 10 years longer to make than we originally planned so in the scheme of things, a 9-month delay with the incentives isn’t so shocking but we really didn’t want or plan to be late and we hope you understand. Here’s the official poster:
We will be in touch very soon with more details and updates, but once again, thank you, and we hope to see you all soon.
Last but not least, we leave you with the review that the film received in VARIETY and an exclusive clip that appeared this week on Entertainment Weekly – more press to come soon!
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- Allison Berg Director, Producer
- Frank Keraudren Director, Producer, Editormore
- Kristin McCrackenSocial Media Producer
ABOUT THIS TEAM
Allison Berg is an award-winning filmmaker who directs and produces feature-length documentary films and television documentary series. Allison's first film, Witches in Exile, focused on women accused of witchcraft and banished to remove villages in Northern Ghana. The film premiered at the 2004 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature Film. Witches in Exile has screened at festivals throughout the world, and has both international television and educational distribution.
Berg has received grants from such prestigious foundations as the Soros Documentary Fund, New York State Council of the Arts, Eastman Fund, Wellspring Foundation, and Women in Film Foundation. Recent television credits include Supervising Producer and Director on documentary series and specials for broadcasters such as Sundance Channel, MTV, Oxygen, and A&E.
Frank Keraudren is an award-winning filmmaker with directing and editing credits in both documentary and narrative film. Frank co-directed and edited The Last Cigarette (New Yorker Films), Who Wants to Be President? (TLC), and Lust in Las Vegas (FX) with co-director Kevin Rafferty.
In 2004, he collaborated with Allison Berg on Witches in Exile (Special Jury Award, SXSW), which he also co-produced and edited. Editing credits include The Drug Years (Cine Eagle Award, IDA Award nomination), I Think I Do (Brian Sloan), and Little Red Riding Hood (David Kaplan). Frank received an MFA from NYU's Graduate Film program.