An Evening with Debra Granik: Stray Dog
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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. Granik is a graduate of the Graduate Film Program at NYU where she won awards for her short film, SNAKE FEED. STRAY DOG is Granik’s first documentary feature.
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. Stray Dog reflects on the core questions of his existence, where he’s been, and where the country has been. He poses the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse and forgiveness. As he explains: he came of age at 17, did things he didn’t understand fully at the time, never knowing that he would still be wrestling with the memories years later.
We land in Stray Dog’s world and the images accrue, adding to our understanding of American experience as filtered through one man from a certain time and place. We meet his multi-ethnic blended family, with members from Mexico and Korea, and the friends and neighbors at his mobile home park in Southern Missouri. With Stray Dog as our guide, 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.