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SENIORS: a dogumentary - finishing funds

The film is shot & edited, now it's time for music, mixing, and all the fun things we need to do to get it in everyone's hands!

SENIORS: a dogumentary - finishing funds

The film is shot & edited, now it's time for music, mixing, and all the fun things we need to do to get it in everyone's hands!

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About

BIG NEWS: the world premiere of SENIORS has seen set for Thursday, March 5th, 2020 in Nashville.  More details to follow.  Please help us by backing this Kickstarter so we can have all the details mentioned below done in time!

FIRST OFF: the film is done!  Editing was completed this past weekend.  Now it's time to record an amazing score, do color correction, have the sound mixed, finish end titles (with your names), get E&O insurance, and tie up all the legal ends.  All the not-so-fun stuff that goes into finishing a feature film.  All things which cost money. Thus, this second and final Kickstarter campaign...which will help us get ready for our world premiere in March!

SENIORS is a feature-length documentary full of love, hope, and second chances.  It focuses on three interwoven stories about senior dogs.  There's the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a retirement home for dogs in Tennessee.  Chaser, the smartest dog in the world.  And famed photographer, Jane Sobel Klonsky, who has devoted much of her talents towards capturing the bond between elderly dogs and their owners.

Unlike most animal documentaries, our goal is to highlight the positive.  No abuse will be shown in SENIORS.  This film will celebrate senior dogs and many of the seniors who love them.  It will show how vibrant they are, and how much they can offer to the world.  This will be the animal welfare film everyone can watch, leaving viewers grinning from ear-to-ear, and showing how old dogs really can teach us new tricks.

A sneak peek at the SENIORS bumpersticker!

A little more about our main subjects:

Located just outside of Nashville, the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is a retirement home of sorts dedicated to saving senior dogs from sure death at shelters. We cover their amazing history from their move to their amazing new facility and beyond.  Old Friends not only offers their dogs a comfortable home-like environment in which to spend their golden years, they pay all medical expenses for the rest of their foster dogs' lives.  And they have certainly created a number of dog rock stars, including and amazing Leo, who is remembered beautifully in the film.

Leo, from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Chaser is widely considered the smartest dog in the world. From a best-selling book, to numerous scientific papers, to an appearance with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, Chaser is a force to be reckoned with. She never stopped learning, never stopped being one of the most amazing dogs on the planet.  This is a loving a beautiful tribute to Chaser, and the man who tapped into her genius, John Pilley.

Rounding out the cast will be National Geographic photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky, author of the book Unconditional. Klonsky specializes in the photography of senior dogs and the people who love them. We will talk to Jane about what first attracted her to this subject, and follow as she photographs both Leo and Chaser, as well as a few other Old Friends seniors dogs in their forever homes, and a number of other adorable surprises.

Captain Ron, from Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary
Flower, from Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary
Bentley, from Old Friends Senior Dogs Sanctuary
Jane Sobel Klonsy's UNCONDITIONAL

Why We Are Making This Film

We love dogs!  We want to show how important and brilliant a dog can be no matter their age.  (To us there is no such thing as a "dumb dog.")  If we can show how much senior dogs still have to offer, if we can demonstrate the bond people have with their canine friends, if this film can help one dog find a great new forever home, then we've done something wonderful. If we've made you smile, or hug your dog, then we've accomplished even more.

Who We Are

Director Gorman Bechard, co-owner of What Were We Thinking Films, is a lifelong dog lover (if you have any doubt read his eulogy to his dog Kilgore Trout here).  He has numerous feature-length documentaries and narrative features to his credit.

He directed the animal welfare documentary, A DOG NAMED GUCCI, for which he was awarded the ASPCA Media Excellence Award 2015 for his work on that film.

Gorman is also the director of Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements, which Rolling Stone called one of "The Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year."  As well as three other rock-docsWHO IS LYDIA LOVELESS?, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? the Archers of Loaf live at Cat's Cradle, and EVERY EVERYTHING: the music, life & times of Grant Hart.  His narrative features include the award-winning  FRIENDS (WITH BENEFITS), YOU ARE ALONE and BROKEN SIDE OF TIME, and the horror cult classic PSYCHOS IN LOVE, which is scheduled for a major BluRay reissue this fall.

Most recently he completed Pizza, A Love Story, which has been playing to sold-out crowds at film festivals across the country.

You can read an interview with Gorman Bechard in FilmMaker Magazine here.  He is also the Executive Director/Programmer of the NHdocs Film Festival, held every June in New Haven.  His full bio can be found here.

Our company, the micro-studio What Were We Thinking Films, founded in 2004, has a proven track record, with over thirty years of experience making feature films.

Where Your Money Goes

The money raised for SENIORS will go towards an amazing score, color correction, a sound mix, end titles (with your names), E&O insurance, and tying up all the legal ends.  All the not-so-fun stuff that goes into finishing a feature film.  All things which cost money. 

What Happens If We Don't Reach Our Goal

If we fail to reach our funding goal, we get absolutely nothing. That means you keep any money you've pledged to donate. We only get that money (and your credit card is only charged) if and when we successfully fund our project. So please give what you can, because every little bit helps.  And PLEASE share this page with other animal lovers!

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Follow our Facebook page where you can learn about what's going on with SENIORS, any updates, future screenings, and other note-worthy animal stories.

Some photos of the rewards being offered:

This is an example of the memorial reward.
The Speak Up, Step Up DOG TAG
A few examples of hand-designed blu-ray's look like.
The A DOG NAMED GUCCU dvd cover

Risks and challenges

The film is done. Music is being written and recorded. Once it's done, we will mix the film and get it color corrected. A distribution deal for the DVD is already in place. A premiere is being set. And we are all very good under deadline. Our plan is to have DVDs in hand and start shipping them a month before the June 2020 promised date. But worst case, they ship at that time.

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    SENIORS BLURAY: This is a one of a kind, hand-drawn hand-burned bluray version of the film. But there are NO extras. It is the film only, in wonderful bluray quality, with an original label. (Take a look at the A Dog Named Gucci blurays in the photo to see how cool they look.) Plus get a SPECIAL THANKS TO listing in the film's end credits, and regular backer updates.

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    SCREEN SENIORS FOR YOUR GROUP PACKAGE

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