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  • An evening with Oscar-nominated Writer/Director Debra Granik: Stray Dog

    2/26/14
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    VMA students RSVP here: http://granik.eventbrite.com/
    Password: emersonVMA

    A screening of Granik's first documentary feature Stray Dog, accompanied by a discussion:

    Ron "Stray Dog" Hall participates in and reflects upon warrior culture. Like thousands of combat veterans, he has two things that anchor him: small dogs and big bikes. The motorcycles provide the thrill, camaraderie, and sense of mission that many veterans continue to crave throughout their lives. The small dogs embody an oath to care and protect a fellow being unconditionally and completely, and provide a solace that many veterans report they cannot live without.

    We land in Stray Dog's world and the images accrue. We experience the restlessness of ex-warriors, hurtling down America's highways, staving off specters of post-traumatic stress and other emotional snares. He tries to make peace with what he can't change, and weathers the incomprehension of those who have never been to war.

    Debra Granik is the Academy Award nominated director and co-writer of Winter's Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were Oscar nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first feature film, Down to the Bone won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Stray Dog is Granik's first documentary feature.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts with School of the Arts

    For more information please contact:
    Anna Feder