Project image
)}
£2,017
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
68
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 8 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

£2,017
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
68
backers
22days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 8 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” ― Milan Kundera


Where would we be without man’s best friend? For those who are homeless, their canine companion will often be the most important thing in their life. 

Dogs on the Streets is a cinematic portrait of homeless dog owners and the people who work with them to ensure the welfare of their animals. It follows musician and radio presenter Simone Marie as she meets homeless dog owners and their animals in London, Birmingham, Kent and Oxford as they receive help and support from a team of volunteers from the charity DOTS (Dogs on the Streets), a volunteer-run charity dedicated to the welfare of dogs belonging to the homeless community.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Sng, the documentary will follow the stories of several homeless dog owners and their pets, to explore the bond between dogs and their owners and reveal how they have helped people through difficult times. We also meet the DOTS volunteers who provide veterinary care, food and basic supplies, and assistance with helping homeless people and their dogs with getting off the streets for good. 

By using direct testimony to challenge public perception and show that homelessness is created by economic forces, rather than the fault of individuals, the film questions our understanding of how homeless people are seen – or unseen – by society. 

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER BEER


Director Paul Sng has developed a critical reputation as a filmmaker with a social conscience, as evidenced in Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, and Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain. His work explores the lives of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media. This latest venture features an original music score by Little Barrie frontman Barrie Cadogan (Better Call Saul theme).

Paul Sng says: “Each week there’s a new story about homelessness in the news, usually with damning statistics and political soundbites. But rarely do they look at meaningful solutions to the root cause of homelessness: structural inequality in our society. With this documentary we want to challenge the stigmatisation and demonisation of homeless people, and show that homelessness is not the fault of the individual but of society as a whole. Michelle Clark and the DOTS team provide vital support for homeless people and the dogs who bring comfort and security to their lives. We hope this film will make more people aware of their work, and show the reality of homelessness from the perspective of people who experience it."

Michelle Clark, who runs DOTS, says: “These are good people. They had lives just like ours. When things went south and their circumstances saw them take to the streets, their dog was often all they had left in the world. And often it’s because they have a dog that they’re sleeping rough – while homeless people can sleep in shelters, almost all accommodation options won’t take in people who have a dog. If you see someone on the streets with a dog, they may have chosen to stay with their pet over getting a roof over their heads.” 

Simone Marie says of her involvement in the project: “As an animal lover and a supporter of homeless charities, it’s a great opportunity to highlight the work of this amazing, compassionate charity and all they do for the homeless community.” 

PHOTO BY ALEXANDER BEER

Risks and challenges

All films carry risks and in this case our biggest concerns rest with the welfare of the people and the animals we will be working with. Fortunately, the DOTS team have many years of experience in working with homeless people and their dogs, and we will be following their advice and instructions at all times to ensure the safety of all concerned.

The challenges involved in making this film are many; we must remain respectful to the people we are filming whilst also doing our best to tell a compelling story about them. Our director has made two previous films that examine social issues, and is committed to ensuring a duty of care to the people he works with to represent them faithfully and with respect.

We are seeking to raise £25,000 for filming funds to cover the following costs:
- Crew fees
- Equipment hire
- Travel and accommodation
- Insurance
- Cost of rewards for our Kickstarter supporters

If funding exceeds our original target, the money will be go towards our post production costs (we will also be seeking additional finance to cover this).

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Make a pledge without a reward

    £
    About $13
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    Limited Edition Postcard

    A limited edition postcard featuring Dogs On The Streets film artwork by artist Will Henry.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (489 left of 500) 11 backers
    £
    About US$ 13
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge £15 or more About US$ 19

    Original Music Score Album Download

    Digital download of the film's original music score, written and recorded by Little Barrie frontman Barrie Cadogan (Better Call Saul Theme).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (500 left of 500) 0 backers
    £
    About US$ 19
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 25

    Dogs On The Streets Digital Download

    A digital download of the Dogs on the Streets film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (483 left of 500) 17 backers
    £
    About US$ 25
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 31

    Limited Edition Deluxe 2020 Calendar

    A limited edition deluxe A3 calendar for 2020. Features 12 images of the film's canine stars. Spacious monthly grids for entering all your daily activities in order. Printed on high quality recycled paper.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (195 left of 200) 5 backers
    £
    About US$ 31
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 38

    Thank You In Film Credits

    Your name will be listed in the Thank You section in the film's end credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (93 left of 100) 7 backers
    £
    About US$ 38
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge £35 or more About US$ 44

    Limited Edition Film Poster

    A limited edition A3 Dogs On The Streets film poster

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (200 left of 200) 0 backers
    £
    About US$ 44
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 50

    Preview Screening + Launch Party Invite

    An invitation to the film's preview screening and launch party in London (travel & accommodation not included).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (49 left of 50) 1 backer
    £
    About US$ 50
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 63

    Film + Soundtrack + Thank You Credit

    Includes:
    • Dogs On The Streets Film Digital Download
    • Original Music Score Album Download
    • Thank You In Film Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited (189 left of 200) 11 backers
    £
    About US$ 63
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 125

    The Works

    Includes:
    • Dogs On The Streets Film Digital Download
    • Original Music Score Album Download
    • Limited Edition Deluxe 2020 Calendar
    • Limited Edition Film Poster
    • Limited Edition Postcard
    • Thank You In Film Credits
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (96 left of 100) 4 backers
    £
    About US$ 125
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,251

    Sponsorship + Logo Placement

    Your organisation's name and logo will be included in the film's end credits as a project sponsor. You'll also receive all of the items from The Works package and two tickets to our London film premiere (travel and accommodation not included).

    Includes:
    • 2 x London Premiere Invitations
    • Limited Edition Deluxe 2020 Calendar
    • Limited Edition Postcard
    • Limited Edition Film Poster
    • Original Music Score Album Download
    • Thank You In Film Credits
    • Dogs On The Streets Film Digital Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (5 left of 5) 0 backers
    £
    About US$ 1,251
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,503

    Associate Producer Package

    Your name will be listed as Associate Producer in the film's end credits and on IMDb. You'll also receive all of the items from The Works package and four tickets to our London film premiere (travel and accommodation not included).

    Includes:
    • 4 x London Premiere Invitations
    • Limited Edition Deluxe 2020 Calendar
    • Limited Edition Postcard
    • Limited Edition Film Poster
    • Original Music Score Album Download
    • Thank You In Film Credits
    • Dogs On The Streets Film Digital Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (5 left of 5) 0 backers
    £
    About US$ 2,503
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge £3,000 or more About US$ 3,754

    Executive Producer Package

    Your name will be listed as Executive Producer in the film's end credits and on IMDb. You'll also receive all of the items from The Works package and six tickets to our London film premiere (travel and accommodation not included).

    Includes:
    • 6 x London Premiere Invitations
    • Limited Edition Deluxe 2020 Calendar
    • Limited Edition Postcard
    • Limited Edition Film Poster
    • Original Music Score Album Download
    • Thank You In Film Credits
    • Dogs On The Streets Film Digital Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited (3 left of 3) 0 backers
    £
    About US$ 3,754
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.