Double Feature

Screens with: Mutt

Fri Feb 23, 2018 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s |
Fri Mar 2, 2018 – 2:30 pm | Bushel & Peck’s

Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love

Directed by Nancy Schiesari

Documentary Feature
USA | 66 min | 2016

Canine Soldiers : The Militarization of Love, is a first hand account that explores the experience of war from the perspective of Military Working Dog handlers, SSGT Marcin Radwin and SGT Danielle Jennings, and their dogs, Dex and Block. They must find improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before they injure, maim, or kill troops. In a war where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, the quest to find explosives weighs heavily on a dog team, as they become prime targets. Contributions from notable animal experts, Temple Grandin and Marc Bekoff, offer powerful insights into the behavior of the MDWS, who suffer from PTSD, the same as humans . By acknowledging our dependence on another species to keep us safe during war, Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love, opens our hearts to new truths about ourselves, our connection to nature and ultimately what it means to be human.

Canine Soldiers - Poster

Canine Soldiers - Nancy SchiesariNancy Schiesari
Director, Producer, Writer

Nancy is an experienced director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award winning independent films. Her latest full-length documentary, Canine Soldiers, the Militarization of Love, premiered at the Austin Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. She also directed and produced feature length documentaries, Cactus Jack, Lone Star on Capitol Hill, PBS, Tattooed Under Fire, PBS, Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer (Independent Lens) and History Man, a half hour profile on Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, London.

Nancy comes with twenty years’ experience as a Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for England’s Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS. She has filmed in Europe, the US, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America. She was nominated for a Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face, (producer John Cleese). Among her work as cinematographer is Barbara Sonneborn’s Oscar nominated Regret to Inform, winner best documentary at Sundance, and Pratibha Parmar and Alice Walker’s Warrior Marks, Channel Four, London. Nancy graduated with an MFA from the Royal College of Art, London, and is a professor in production in the Radio –Television and Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Film Information

Director: Nancy Schiesari
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 66 min
Rated: PG 13

Credits

Producers: Nancy Schiesari and Kristina Mann
Editor: Michelle Nehme
Cinematographer/DP: Phil Curry and Simon Quiroz
Special Effects:

Stunt Coordinator:
Sound Editor: Korey Pereira
Digital Effects: Simon Quiroz, Ben Bays, Tianzi Liu and Xi-Lu Fang
Original Music/Composer: Kamran Hooshmand and Vikrant Muthusamy
Assistant Editors: Carissa Bittle and Zora Arnold
Animator: Nidhi Reddy
Additional Photography: Simon Quiroz

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