SEARCHDOG wins Audience Award at Boston Film Festival!
New England Dogs Rescue and Find Missing People in New Documentary
BOSTON FILM FESTIVAL: “SEARCHDOG” NEW ENGLANDPREMIERE
Lucy Bean Films, LLC is proud to announce that SEARCHDOG, an 88-minute feature documentary by Mary Healey Jamiel and Executive Producer Elaine Rogers, is an official selection and the closing night film for the Boston Film Festival. SEARCHDOG will have its New England Festival premiere on Sunday September 25th at 7pm at Patriot Cinemas in Hingham, MA.
The Boston Film Festival (BFF) is rolling out the Red Carpet for SEARCHDOG, and New Englanders attending this event will have the unique opportunity to see working Search & Rescue K9 Teams get the Hollywood treatment as they walk the red carpet.
Where: 25 Shipyard Dr, Hingham, MA When: 7 p.m., with Red Carpet Event to precede screening at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at Boston Film Festival online https://bostonfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/search-dog/t/1247af381a37ce05a1e1d91f1f8007728/
For more than four years, director Healey-Jamiel gained unprecedented access to document the Rhode Island State Police, Maine State Police and Maine Warden Service K9 Search & Rescue Units on search operations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. This rare, behind the scenes footage is featured in her 88-minute documentary that immerses viewers in the grueling task of finding missing persons with K9s when all other resources have failed.
SEARCHDOG features K9 Search and Rescue Specialist and “dog whisperer” Matthew Zarrella as he rehabilitates “unadoptable” shelter dogs and turns them into Search and Rescue/Recovery Dogs.
SEARCHDOG had its World Festival Premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this year where it sold out all screenings and garnered Best of the Fest by audience vote at Palm Springs and won Best Documentary at the Ellensburg Film Festival in Washington. The Hollywood Reporter calls SEARCHDOG “Inspiring” and “A clear-eyed and exceptionally effecting documentary”.
Following the BFF screening, SEARCHDOG Director and University of Rhode Island Professor Mary Healey Jamiel will be joined for Q&A by elite Search & Rescue K9 Units featured in SEARCHDOG: RI State Police Sgt. (Ret.) Matthew Zarrella & K9 Buster, Search & Rescue K9sDaniel O’Neil & K9 Ruby, RISP Cpl. Scott Carlsten , Trooper Charles Bergeron & K9 Zeus, Maine State Police Major Crimes Detective Abbe Chabot & K9 Pivot, Maine State Trooper Shawn Porter and K9 Myka, Maine Warden Service Cpl. Michelle Merrifield & K9 Piper.
More information: www.searchdogmovie.com
New England Cable News Story on SEARCHDOG!
"Searchdog," a brand new documentary, is making its Boston debut on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Boston Film Festival.
It showcases the work of Rhode Island State Police Sergeant Matthew Zarrella and how he trained rescue dogs to do critical recovery work. Many of the animals were found at local shelters. Some were just hours away from being euthanized. Zarrella was able to train them to find bodies, both on land, and underwater.
Best Documentary: Ellensburg Film Festival
SEARCHDOG: Official Selection of Seattle International Film Festival SEATTLE PREMIERE
Lucy Bean Films, LLC is proud to announce that SEARCHDOG, an 88-minute feature documentary by Mary Healey Jamiel and Executive Producer Elaine Rogers is an official selection of the Seattle International Film Festival and will have its Seattle premiere May 28 at 11am, AMC Pacific Place. http://www.siff.net/festival-2016/searchdog A second screening will follow 6 PM May 29, SIFF Cinema Uptown. Tickets for the second screening are now limited to standby.
This intimate 88 minute documentary follows internationally renowned K9 Search and Rescue Specialist and “dog whisperer” Matthew Zarrella as he rehabilitates “unadoptable” pound dogs and turns them into Search and Rescue/Recovery Dogs.
SEARCHDOG had its World Festival Premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival where it sold out all screenings and garnered Best of the Fest by audience vote at Palm Springs.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that: “At the center of Searchdog, a clear-eyed and exceptionally affecting documentary, is a man with a calling. Combining his passion for justice and love of animals, the plainspoken hero Matthew Zarrella has become a leading expert in a specialized area of crime solving: K-9 search and rescue.
Following the screenings Director Mary Healey Jamiel will be joined by elite K9 Rhode Island State Police Search & Rescue Team Daniel O’Neil and K9 Ruby, who was adopted just two hours before she was to be euthanized and now saves the lost and the missing. Also joining the director is another film subject, Andy Rebmann. Rebmann is one of the world’s leading experts in K9 Search/Rescue and Recovery and a Seattle Native.
Contact: Mary Healey Jamielproducers@searchdogmovie.com
Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 150,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.
SEARCHDOG was among the top scorers in audience award voting at the Palm Springs International Film Festival! #WOOF!
SEARCHDOG World Premiere at Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 7, 2016
Lucy Bean Films, LLC is proud to announce that SEARCHDOG, an 88-minutefeature documentary by Mary Healey Jamiel and Executive Producer Elaine Rogers has been invited to have its world premiere at the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs California on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 4:30PM, Annenberg Auditorium.
SEARCHDOG is the story of Matthew Zarrella, a Rhode State Police Sergeant who rehabilitates “unadoptable” pound dogs and transforms them into Search & Rescue/Recovery Dogs. We come to know Matthew and his dogs and witness extraordinary moments over four and a half years of real-time searches as he trains troopers and their new canine partners to find missing persons.
A second screening will follow sponsored by the Desert Regional Medical Center on Saturday, January 9 at 1:30PM, Annenberg Theater. The second screening is a free community screening. Q&A’s will follow both screenings with SEARCHDOG director Mary Healey Jamiel and the film’s featured subject, Matthew Zarrella. Canine “Buster” a Marine Veteran who Zarrella adopted and retrained, who is featured at the end of the film will be at his side on the red carpet! For details on venue and tickets please visit http://www.psfilmfest.org/festival/film/detail.aspx?id=26078&FID=78
SEARCH DOG will be in competition in the documentary category. “I am so excited that this festival audience will get to see SEARCHDOG, an amazing story about dogs that are saved and trained to become certified search and rescue dogs. These dogs, and the communities they serve tell the ultimate second chance story.” — Mary Healey Jamiel
Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the nations largest festivals.
“SEARCHDOG has so much support (22,000 on Facebook and 531 Kickstarter backers) to date. We are excited that Palm Springs — one of the dog-friendliest cities in the United States — will hold the world premiere of SEARCHDOG. It’s a great place to begin to explore our distribution options with Agent Diana Holtzberg of East Village Entertainment, LLC.”
— Mary Healey Jamiel
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Below is some great news archive about our Kickstarter Campaign and rough cut screening way back in 2013. Since then, we raised our Kickstarter goal, had 35 shooting days and a year of editing with Mike Majoros. Now, we're almost ready!
Dog whisperer turns rejects and strays into K-9 officers
NBC News/TODAY Show| December 10, 2013
Reliance: Man’s Best Friend, Man’s Last Chance
New England Film| July 1, 2013
Rescue league honors three for love, commitment to animals
South County Independent| February 20, 2014
Pound dogs trained to be lifesaving rescue K9s in new film
Fetch Magazine| December 20, 2013
Filmmaker explores bond between officers, dogs
East Bay Newspapers| December 18, 2013