Move along, cats. (Pretty please?) Dogs are getting their own film festival.
Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat and their purring peers need to step away from the kleig lights. Dogs finally are having their day.
The Bow Wow Film Festival brings its national tour to the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis on Saturday, with one Twin Cities filmmaker likely to create some buzz with a film short imagining people acting like dogs at a dog park.
Cleverly titled “People Acting Like Dogs at a Dog Park,” James Rautmann’s film for A2f Pictures has a ragtag group of people chasing and sniffing each other and standing altogether too close to utility poles, if you get our drift. A scene with the picnic table is brilliant. (For the two-minute short, visit bit.ly/1G6jnjx)
Films include one about a prison dog-training program in which inmates train shelter dogs for adoption, and another about a Labrador retriever training to be an avalanche dog with Telluride Ski Patrol.
Festival proceeds will benefit two local animal rescue groups, Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue and Twin Cities Pet Rescue.
The Twin Cities is the 15th stop on the national tour, which has raised more than $25,000 for shelters in 14 cities to raise awareness for adoptable animals.
Advance tickets are $12 and $7 for ages 12 and under. (Day of show: $15 and $7.) Showtime is 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Av. S. For a trailer, see bowwowfilmfest.com.
Sit. Stay. Good human, good human.
BRYAN MELTZ – NEW YORK TIMES An inmate and his dog at Coffee Prison, where there is a training program to teach dogs to sniff out bombs, narcotics or other threats, in Nichols, Ga., July 9, 2015. The program, run by Auburn University, breeds and trains the dogs with help from inmates, before they�re probably placed with a government agency or a private security firm. (Bryan Meltz/The New York Times) — STAND ALONE IMAGE — FOR USE AS DESIRED IN ROUNDING UP THE YEAR THAT WAS 2015 —