The traveling short film festival, which celebrates the everlasting bond between dogs and humans while also raising awareness of local animal shelters, will make its city debut at the CineLux Almaden Cafe and Lounge.
The festival is sponsored by the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, the city of San Jose and the office of District 6 Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who said he hopes it will help some shelter dogs find a forever home.
“In my view, every household is better with a canine companion as it encourages companionship, exercise and laughter,” Oliverio said.
Oliverio, who has two adopted cats, also wants to highlight the services provided by local shelters such as San Jose Animal Care and Services.
“It is an often overlooked but valued city service compared to sewers and roads,” he added.
Bow Wow’s arrival also ties in with the Humane Society’s “Mutual Rescue” initiative to document on film the lives of owners who were changed by adopting a shelter dog. Four stories will be selected for that project and turned into short films by an award-winning production agency, according to Humane Society spokeswoman Bernadette Cruz
“We thought this was a great marriage between what we’re trying to do and what the festival’s trying to do,” Cruz said. “The transformative nature that animals have on people, that’s the conversation that we want to start having.”
Show times are at noon and 2 p.m. but the fun starts at 11:30 a.m. with a dog costume contest. The best costumes will be awarded prizes from Sam’s Downtown Feed and Gussied Up Dog Boutique. Dog-sitting will also will be available during screenings. A $12 donation is suggested, with proceeds going to local shelters and rescue groups. Ticket stubs can be redeemed until March 15 for a free dog adoption at San Jose Animal Care and Services, paid for by Oliverio’s office.
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