Pups Take Center Stage at Saturday’s New York Dog Film Festival


As man’s best friends, dogs have been known to provide their owners with emotional support, physical help (to those with impairments), and have even saved the lives of their human counterparts. The New York Dog Film Festival honors our four-legged friends by featuring some highly trained dogs in some touching and hysterical short films, while also supporting local animal welfare organizations. The festival offers animated and live-action flicks celebrating the extraordinary bonds between dog and human. The NYDFF sorts the films into two programs (under 80 minutes each) back-to-back that contain a combined 25 short films of a varying lengths. Program One’s Second Chances showcases 12 films including Harvey and Harmony, a one-minute comic short about a speed-dating terrier who finds love with a beautiful poodle, as well as Jonna McIver’s documentary A Boy and His Dog, a remarkable story about a seven-year-old boy suffering from a rare muscular disorder who learns it’s OK to be different when he is introduced to a three-legged Shepherd who’s suffered from a tragic train accident. Program Two’s Love Changes Everything features films like K9s for Warriors, about a former soldier and current head trainer of the K9s for Warriors — a program which provides soldiers suffering from PTSD with trained service dogs to help ease the anxiety and depression. Along with presenting some of the finest dog-related films to the Alamo City, the Tobin is allowing dog owners to bring their well-behaved dogs to the show. A part of the proceeds from each ticket will go toward the Animal Defense League, a strictly no-kill organization that advocates for the adoption of stray, abandoned or neglected dogs and cats, while also catering to preexisting medical/emotional issues. $5-$25, 7pm & 9pm Sat, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.

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