Documentary films can capture precious, fleeting moments of human experience and lend audience access to another’s realm – forever. One seemingly small story can inspire millions to dream, or to seek further inquiry, discussion or empathetic connection.
SEARCHDOG is one such story. In December, 2009, I began research into human work with dogs. Biologist Ray Coppinger was one of the first people I interviewed on this journey to make SEARCHDOG. If you have a chance to look at his book, please check out http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Startling-Understanding-Behavior-Evolution/dp/0684855305
The day that I met Ray, I proudly brought my husky, Kenauk to meet him. I am not sure that my dog made such a good impression. Kenauk promptly stole and consumed our lunch leftovers from the roof of my car while we were busy talking about dog behavior!
What I love about dogs, and what I loved about Kenauk, is that he demonstrated that pretense has no place in the world, and that for the CLEVER DOG, there IS such a thing as a free lunch!
For me, there has been no richer experience than witnessing dog-human teams train for thousands of hours and then go on to find lost and missing persons.
Check out our official trailer: https://vimeo.com/133972814
– Mary Healey JamielProducer + Director, SEARCHDOG
SEARCHDOG is Coming Soon in 2016! You can follow our progress, photos and updates on our social media.