The Dog

The Dog

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Documentary Feature New York POST-PRODUCTION
After a decade, "The Dog" is premiering at Toronto, and we need your help finishing the movie! As we raise the funds we need to get across the finish line with archival footage, graphics, etc., we're grateful for any support you can give -- please join our team and spread the word!
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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
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Titles Designer
*The title sequence of a film is uber-important: think "Saturday Night Fever" or "The Conversation."
$1,500.00 per service 1 of 1
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Professional Services
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Archival Footage: The Dog after prison
*See what The Dog was up to in the 80s.
$25.00 per piece 5 of 240
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Archival Footage: The Dog's Mother
*Archival footage of The Dog’s mother.
$25.00 per piece 6 of 200
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Archival Photography: 1970s Photographers
*Images of The Dog taken by 1970s iconic photographers.
$100.00 per each 6 of 80
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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
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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
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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 3 of 3
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A HERO will get this project to 100% in ONE contribution. The WHOLE Seed&Spark community will get a Sparks bonus and message that you were the HERO for The Dog. You'll get a HERO badge you can share with the world! BE A HERO!
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Incentives

$ 10 or more

You will receive our heartfelt thanks for your support of our independent documentary! You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers.
Estimated Delivery : August, 2013
Limit : None
11 Supporters

$ 25 or more

You will receive THE DOG postcard signed by the directors. You will also receive exclusive project e-updates from the filmmakers!

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : None
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : September, 2013
Limit : 200
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : 50
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : 25
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : 25
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : December, 2013
Limit : 50
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : 5
5 Supporters

$ 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!

 

Estimated Delivery : October, 2013
Limit : 5
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$ 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!

Estimated Delivery : December, 2014
Limit : 10
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$ 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.

 

Estimated Delivery : September, 2013
Limit : 2
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About the project

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.

 

Synopsis

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.

 

ABOUT THIS TEAM

Allison Berg
Director/Producer

 

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
Director/Producer/Editor

 

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.

 

Schedule
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 to Friday, September 6, 2013
Distribution plan

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.

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THE DOG is the story of John Wojtowicz, the real-life bank robber behind DOG DAY AFTERNOON.

UPDATES

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since our last update, but a lot has been happening.

We had an incredible time showing the film at the New York Film Festival.  It was an honor to be included in such an amazing event, and THE DOG was so well-received that the festival added an extra screening of the film as a part of it's "festival favorites" on closing day.

And now for the big announcement: THE DOG WILL BE RELEASED NEXT SUMMER!

Drafthouse Films and Cinedigm have partenered to release THE DOG in theaters and on VOD in Summer 2014. We couldn't have hoped for two better distributors to partner up and get our film out into the world - after the madness of this summer working 24/7 to get the film finished in time for Toronto, we have come out of our festival premieres with companies that LOVE our film and really know what to do with it. 

Here are the details:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/drafthouse-films-cinedigm-release-dog-652502

 

Stay tuned for more..!

 

 

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  • Allison Berg Director, Producer
  • Frank Keraudren Director, Producer, Editormore
  • Kristin McCrackenSocial Media Producer

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The Dog (John Wojtowicz)
The Dog (John Wojtowicz)
The Dog in front of Chase Manhattan Bank, Brooklyn
The Dog (John Wojtowicz)
The Dog with his first wife, Carmen Bifulco, in 1967
In 1971, The Dog married Ernest Aron (aka Liz Debbie Eden)

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