Doggie B

Doggie B

A scene from DOGGIE B, a film by Romanus Wolter. Picture courtesy Phase 4 Films. All rights reserved.

Doggie B (2012)

Also Known As: Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On!

Opened: 08/31/2012 Limited

Limited08/31/2012
San Francisco08/31/2012 - 09/06/20127 days
Cinema Village...10/19/2012 - 10/25/20127 days

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Genre: Family Comedy

Rated: PG for for mild rude humor.

Feel-Good Family Dog Comedy

Synopsis

Doggie Boogie combines America's love for dancing and dogs. It's been called "The Wizard of Oz for Dogs" due to its fantastical sets and costumes.

Doggie Boogie fuses the wackiness of Best in Show with the thrills of Flashdance and the comicbook villainy of 101 Dalmatians. This wild quest for personal identity answers the question, "Why does my dog look at me that way?"

Doggie Boogie dances into the hearts of its family audience as they cheer for a devoted Bichon pup, Pijo, who helps his owner and her dog dancing uncle achieve their dreams.

Cassie's wish to become a Vet is crushed by her mother, who has become a slave to the world of personal injury law and is forcing Cassie to follow in the family legacy. Peter Wolfe, her dog dancing Uncle, dreams of winning a national dog dance championship but is blocked by his guilt over a tragic dance accident.

Gertrude Spinner, a ten-time dog dance champion and keeper of the legendary Dog Dance Bible, will do anything to stop them. Supported by a colorful cast and enchanting dogs, Pijo uses the lessons of Barkananda ("healing bliss") to provide Cassie and Peter with a fresh start as they dance through life's twists and turns. He breathes life into everyone's dreams as he dances away with their hearts.

Production Notes

Writer/Director/Producer Romanus Wolter's feature debut is a family film in which a devoted pup helps his owner and her dog dancing uncle go for their dreams. Our main character, Cassie, struggles with her mother's demand that she follows the family legacy and go to law school. Her dream is to work with dogs.

The making of Doggie Boogie reflects the reality that we need the help of others to achieve our dreams. After finishing his screenplay, Romanus worked with a professional line producer to calculate a budget. Her recommendation? On the low end, it would take over $2.5 million to make Doggie Boogie.

The road to making this feature film was a circuitous one. Unfortunately, Wolter had very little money, no connections and little experience. However, Wolter decided that going for his dream outweighed any obstacles.

He produced and directed several short films with a film cooperative in San Francisco. Anticipating skeptical questions about how a film with highly elaborate sequences could be produced on a low budget, he set up each short as an aspect of "Doggie Boogie" as well as a demonstration of principle for everyone -- especially, of course, for himself.

Doggie Boogie's message is that it is never too early or too late to go for your dream.

The making of the movie reflects this reality:

  • Wolter matched team members' "Dream Goals" to available positions no matter their past experience. Pre-production started with a core of four inexperienced people working on Wolter's dream.
  • An unemployed flight attendant storyboarded the script, an interior designer created miniature sets, a wardrobe consultant fabricated colorful costumes -- all because it was part of a dream they thought they would never achieve.
  • The flight attendant also constructed Doggie Boogie's main props. From the time he was a young boy watching 'Star Trek' he had dreamt of making props for movies. Wolter gave him his chance. Now, he is a designer on the Google Lunar X Prize.
  • The team showed off their work at "crew nights"; attracting a team of over 300 professionals and 1,000 cast members filled with experience and passion.
  • Jane Wiedlin, co-founder of the Go Gos, was tracked down by one of the producers and handed a script. She loved the story and came on board as an actor and as music supervisor. Judy Gamet, dog dance instructor, trained the inexperienced dance teams and put on a wonderful show.
  • Doggie Boogie became a verb on set -- costumes, props and sets were all "Doggie Boogied" to ensure that the fantastical world of Doggie Boogie was maintained.
  • Doggie Boogie is a story of powerful women and it helps them realize they can go for their dreams no matter their age. Four of our main actresses were over 50.
  • The dancing canine film was initially self-financed, set up as a three-week shoot. But after the first week, Romanus' crew approached him saying, 'You know what? You have a really special movie here and we can't do it justice in three weeks. We need to shoot for three months'. The cast and crew bet on themselves and Romanus, even contributing to the film's financing.
  • Jesse Draper, of the Naked Brother's Band on Nickelodeon, landed the lead role of Cassie after she was contacted using a number a producer found on IMDB.com. Jesse just so happened to be heading to San Francisco from Los Angeles when she received the call and stayed on to shoot Doggie Boogie.
  • Dog Dancing is not totally fabricated as "Canine Freestyle" is an international competitive sport where dog and human pairs dance in front of judges.

About the Crew

Romanus Wolter (Director/Writer/Producer)

Romanus has produced and directed numerous short films and was the Assistant Director on another feature before directing Doggie Boogie. He helped developed the marketing strategy for the first Video-on-Demand service deployment in the United States.

Romanus Wolter is also known as the "The Kick Start Guy." As the Success Coach for Entrepreneur magazine, the author of the popular Kick Start Your Success (Wiley & Sons) and Kick Start Your Dream Business (Ten Speed Press), he provides practical, proven action steps that close the gap between goals and success.

An American raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Romanus witnessed the birth of a new economy. Factories, stores, and restaurants sprung up on every corner. This metamorphosis sparked something--the realization that any dream can become a reality.

Mickey Freeman (Director of Photography)

Mickey was recently one of the camera operators for the television series‚ "Trauma." He has been the DP for over 15 films including the Academy Award nominated Goodnight Miss Ann, The Loss of Nameless Things, Presque Isle and most recently Imbued starring Stacy Keach. He has worked as a cameraman on various family films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, The Bachelor, Nine Months, Rent, as well as other dramatic films such as Basic Instinct, True Crime and Under Siege. He adores dogs and understands how to work with them on the set learning everything from his Border Collie, Shadow.

Dawn Sutti (Head Makeup and Hair)

Dawn Sutti is a renowned makeup and hairstylist who has produced some of the most brilliant work in the industry. Dawn has worked with celebrities from Christy Turlington to Terrell Owens and brought a phenomenal creativity to set. Her client list includes Nike, HBO Sports, Verizon and Coca Cola to name only a few. Dawn is a phenomenal addition to the Doggie Boogie team.

Cheryl Parrott (Production Design)

Cheryl is an internationally award-winning interior designer. Her design philosophy is that decorating should be fun, functional and comfortable. Her interest in pet furnishings began after she finished a divine design for a client. She visited several days after to find the homeowner had moved their pet's beloved yet, haggard, bed into the finished room. Aghast at the sight of this inappropriately appointed object in her exquisite creation, the idea was born to create elegant furnishings for pets.

Patricia Seldner-Brown (Head Wardrobe)

Patricia is the sole proprietor of "Dress U Up". As your wardrobe consultant, she helps people simplify one area of daily decisionmaking by finding their own style and building a wardrobe to reflect the remarkable person they truly are. Patricia's talent is huge and she is the force behind the unique and fabulous Doggie Boogie wardrobe.

About the Cast

Jesse Draper (Cassie Barbizon)

Jesse is an actress, entrepreneur, producer, writer and Twitterer. A graduate of UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television, she is most well known for her supporting role as Jesse, the nanny, on Nickelodeon's hit show The Naked Brother's Band for the last three seasons. Her upcoming films include Our Lady of Victory and Ticket Out. Her most recent endeavor has been playing the Valley Girl, host of "The Valley Girl Show" a goofy talk show she created hoping to encourage the entrepreneur inside of everyone.

Bettina Devin (Gertrude Spinner)

Bettina has been a working actress/singer for over 38 years. Her work can be seen and heard on projects for Disney/Pixar, MGM, Leapfrog, major network sitcoms, and feature films. She is best known for her highly visible role as Idina Menzel's clueless Mom in Chris Columbus' film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, "Rent", as well as starring and principal roles in 6 feature films she has shot in the past 3 years. For the animated film "Film Noir" (Cannes Film Festival '07), she voiced 7 different characters in addition to the female lead.

Scott Cox (Peter Wolfe)

Scott has starred in various independent films including the festival favorite "Stranger in Us." His theatrical experience helped Scott understand how to connect with and move an audience.

Jane Wiedlin (Dottie)

While in design college in the mid 1970's, Wiedlin stumbled upon the burgeoning LA punk rock scene. She and Belinda Carlisle were inspired to form The Go-Go's. The band quickly became local favorites and were signed by the indie label IRS Records. With most of their songs written or co-written by Jane (including the classic "Our Lips Are Sealed") The Go-Go's went on to enormous success, selling out Madison Square Garden, the Hollywood Bowl and appearing twice on the cover of Rolling Stone. The band became the first ever all-girl group to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and become immensely popular doing it.

After seven years, The Go-Go's split up and went their separate ways. Jane moved on to a solo career, releasing six albums of her own which included the hits "Rush Hour", "Blue Kiss" and "Tangled" (a song featured in the movie "Pretty Woman"). Rolling Stone magazine called her last solo album "Kissproof World", a "solo tour de force by an entrepreneur, an actress and rock goddess".

Patrick Davis (Roman Spinner)

During his time at Stanford University, Patrick's interest in acting quickly exploded into a full-blown passion. He performed improv and sketch comedy, and acted in over 20 theatre and film productions. On stage he played the lead role of King Ferdinand in a production of Love's Labours Lost directed by nationally acclaimed Shakespeare authority Karin Coonrod.

A principal role in an independent feature film, Political Animals, sparked his interest in acting for film. Since, he has played lead and principal roles in 12 films, including multiple professional productions. He also recently played a principal role in a GMC car commercial.

 

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