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STRAY DOG Trailer | 2014 LA Film Fest

His real name is Ronnie Hall. When Debra Granik was shooting WINTER’S BONE (TIFF 2011) on location in Missouri, he showed up and got a small part. But in this film, no one refers to him as Ronnie. He is Stray Dog, a bearded Vietnam vet who runs a trailer park and loves his Harley. This documentary – Granik’s first full-length film since WINTER’S BONE – follows Stray Dog, newly wed to Alicia from Mexico, dealing with the repercussions from his experiences in the war. He tries to help other veterans, and Granik accompanies him and his biker friends on their yearly trip to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.

Shot in a non-invasive style, the film has no direct questions, and no voice-over. It is a strong account of a life on the margins, but stemming from a defining moment in U.S. history. Sweet, honest and beyond cliches. 

Program: 
Orginal title: 
STRAY DOG
Director: 
Debra Granik
Screenplay: 
Debra Granik
Photography: 
Eric Phillips-Horst
Run time: 
1 hour 40 min
Year: 
2014
Country: 
USA
Producer: 
Anne Rosellini, Victoria Stewart
Sales: 
Debra Granik
Director info: 

Debra Granik (b. 1963) grew up in Washington D.C. After graduating from Brandeis University, she started making educational films for trade unions. She later studied film at New York University. Her break-through film WINTER’S BONE earned her several awards at Sundance and was nominated in several catagories at the Academy of Awards.