In October, Dogtown Redemption moved crowds in the Bay Area’s Mill Valley Film Festival, earning Audience Favorite honors from its sold out screenings. Now, the film will premiere to a national audience.
Dogtown Redemption’s premiere is Monday, May 16th at 10pm on PBS Independent Lens.
I can’t tell you how excited I am for this premiere. In total, 6 years of work went into this film (2, of which, I was involved as Associate Producer), along with over 300 hours of footage, thousands of pages of transcriptions, and countless hours with our friends in West Oakland.
While it took longer than expected, maybe it was meant to be released at this time. It’s an election year, and while the American economy is growing at the fastest pace in years, it’s clear that it’s a system which only truly benefits a few. The middle class is shrinking. Poverty is becoming more common. But income inequality, poverty, and the myriad problems which come with them are receiving scant attention from both the candidates and the electorate.
My hope is that Dogtown Redemption can help to change this. Every Monday before the May 16th premiere, I will write a new blog on poverty, addiction, and other subjects relating to the film. And since this is an effort to start (or rather, contribute to) a conversation, I encourage readers to post responses below, or to respond on Twitter with the hashtag #DogtownCountdown. (Clever, right? I just thought of it.)
You can learn more about the film at www.dogtownredemption.com, or by following the film on Facebook. And since this wouldn’t be a proper blog without some self-plugging, I hope you follow me on Twitter as well.
You can view the trailer for Dogtown Redemption below.
All opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of Dogtown Redemption's directors, producers, funders, or other associated entities.