One of the things I love about Thin Line is everyone rubbing shoulders with everyone. Last night at the opening, I introduced myself to the fellow on my right. Justin Turcotte shook my hand and asked if I was planning to see his film Thursday night. Turns out, Justin is the Director of "Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story." Producer Ben Mallin was there, too.
Little did these fellows know, "Unleashed" was already in my Thin Line plan-of-action, and meeting them was extra fun for that reason.
"How did you get into dog dancing?" I asked Justin.
He was thoughtful for a moment. Ben leaned forward and offered, "It was kind of an accident."
An accident? Tell me more, I thought. And they did.
Some time ago, the guys met a lady who danced her dog. Fans of the comedy movie "Best of Show" about obsessive show dog owners, they were ultra-intrigued as this lady described elaborate dog-dancing competitions that even included kite-flying. They saw dog dancing first-hand and, once experienced for themselves, they knew they had to take dog dancing to the big screen, well documented, because who would believe it otherwise?
I have three dogs of my own. They do all kinds of tricks for treats and love pets. One even dances, kind of, if I hold the treat above her head and move it in a circle with the command to dance. I'm quite sure this doc's dogs are on a whole different dancing level.
The Fine Arts Theater tonight at 8 pm. "Unleashed: A Dog Dancing Story." This I've got to see!