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“Dogumentary” Peeks Into the Mind of a Canine Artist

About the Film


Tampa, Fla. (June 16, 2015) – Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a canine artist as he paints? A new short film, “Dogumentary” seeks to answer this question through the story of a fictional character based on a real dog creates works of art on canvas.


In this whimsical fourth installment of its #RescueFilm series, Halo, Purely for Pets, the natural pet food company co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, again works with Peter McEvilley and the Olate Dogs to celebrate rescue pets and promote pet adoption nationwide.  


The film was inspired by a documentary on the composer Philip Glass and another film about the artwork of Herb Alpert. Producer/Director Peter McEvilley believed it would be a fun concept to place a dog in the artist role and create a “dogumentary” about his life and work.


“As a film maker exploring the incredible and complex partnerships that exist between man and dog, I wanted to see what would happen if we were able to teach a dog to partake in the creation of art,” explains McEvilley. “In this case, it was clear that the dog enjoyed creating the paintings and would often sit proudly by her work. We learned that there are limitless possibilities when it comes to the relationship between man and dog.”


In “Dogumentary,” Barrett, a talented shelter dog, recounts his life before he became an acclaimed artist. From the streets, to a shelter, to being celebrated for his artwork, Barrett knows he’s now leading the good life.


“I remember wandering these streets with my old friend Kirby,” Barrett recalls in the film. “That was before I went into the shelter and eventually rescued my human.”


“I was searching for my own unique style much like I was searching for myself,” he muses.

After that, Barrett’s career takes off, landing him major media attention and throngs of fans who stop by “to see what I’m working on.”


“Dogumentary” debuted at the Sonoma Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif., where the
paintings created by Lili, the dog who plays Barrett, during the filming were displayed at a local gallery and auctioned off to benefit Sonoma Pets Lifeline, a local rescue.


The first three films in the #RescueFilm series, “Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue), “Dog’s Best Friend” and “Forever Home – a Holiday Tail” were met with great acclaim, with the Le Sauvetage opening the Sonoma Film Festival in April 2014 and appearing at Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France in May 2014.


“Dogumentary” is dedicated to all animal shelters and the people who work so tirelessly helping animals find loving homes so that others may share in that special and indescribable bond that occurs between people and their pets.


Like the first three films, “Dogumentary “ was written and directed by McEvilley, an award winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and stars the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent and their human trainers, Richard and Nicholas Olate. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO, is the film’s executive producer.
In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America.
Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs and teamed up with Halo for their 2014-15 Rescue Tour, which included appearances and special projects like “Le Sauvetage,” “Dog’s Best Friend,”  “Forever Home,” and now, “Dogumentary.”
Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsored “Shelter Me,” a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.



For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. When you choose Halo, we feed it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually, in partnership with Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became part-owner in 2008. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo now sponsors the acclaimed PBS series “Shelter Me,” the Olate Dogs Rescue Tour 2014-15,, and many more animal rescue efforts. Halo’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Sprouts, PetSmart Canada, and other fine pet specialty and natural food stores. Learn more

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