‘Detroit Dog City’

‘Detroit Dog City’

Screens at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets are $10, $9 for DIA members and seniors. (Note: Trailer contains some profanity.)

“Detroit Dog City” tackles a tough subject, but an important one to anybody with half a heart. The film follows the crew of Detroit Dog Rescue (founded by local rapper Hush in 2011) as they fight long odds in battling the Motor City’s noted dog problem.

Using a good-natured gallows humor, a refusal to give up and by focusing on one dog at a time, DDR family faces the crushing experience of rescuing abused and neglected animals. They pursue the strays roaming half-inhabited neighborhoods; the neglected dogs that the DDR folks know they’ll most likely see again in worse shape; and the animals that are already too far gone to rescue. Shot during the winter of 2012-2013, the film includes imagery that can be disturbing, including dead dogs. There’s small hope in the form of innocent puppies as things draw to a close. World premiere.

AFTER THE FILM: There will be a Q&A with the director Candace Barbot and executive producer Kevin Burke.

Year: 2014
Running time: 1 hour, 11 minutes
Rating: No rating; graphic images, profanity
Director: Candace Barbot
Writer: Candace Barbot
Cinematographer: Candace Barbot, Kevin Burke
Editors: Candace Barbot, Kevin Burke
Producers: Candace Barbot
Production company: WildPixel Films