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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:19 PM

Trailer - Fred: The Town Dog (a film about struggling small town America)

Hi all! I've directed an upcoming documentary film about Rockford, Alabama's Fred the town dog. This a story about a town that came together to adopt an orphan mutt, but really it's about a lot more - namely the disappearance and economic struggles of small towns - a very pertinent issue for discussion. I'm a local of small town Alabama and currently attending NYU where I'm a senior studying Film & Television production. This is my thesis film and upon completion it will be released to various film festivals and submitted to PBS. Please take a few moments to check out our website for more information and the links below for our trailer and Indiegogo online fundraiser. I'm also including the film's synopsis below. Thanks so much for your time and for everyone's support over the years. I hope you all enjoy the trailer and that is serves as a reminder of the importance of disappearing small town culture and community.

- Ava
http://www.fredthetowndog.com
http://www.indiegogo.com/fredthetowndog



About the film:
Rockford is a small town of only 400 residents located in Coosa County, Alabama, where it is the county seat. A small and rural area, everyone here knows everyone, and everyone knows everyone else’s business. With a county newspaper that is only published once a week, a local law enforcement of only 2 officers, and a downtown area that consists of only one block, Rockford is in many ways a time capsule. This quintessential southern town has suffered in recent years; many of the town’s shops have been forced to close, and meanwhile many of the town’s inhabitants have moved away in search of job opportunities.

Yet many characters still live in the town, artists and blue-collar workers alike, and in 1993 when a dirty and disheveled dog named wandered into town, it was these people who took him in and nursed him back to health, naming him “Fred” – the town dog. Fred was a beloved member of the community for many years before passing away on December 23, 2002, but not before befriending many of the townspeople. Fred will be a film about this small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole.

Through Fred and the time he shared with the people of Rockford, Alabama, we will gain insight into the individuals who cared for him while exploring the town’s narrative – specifically the narrative of an increasingly deserted area on the verge of becoming another southern ghost town. A large theme of this film will be the desire for companionship, which Fred met, and the fear of abandonment and loneliness. We will explore exactly what Fred meant to the individuals who cared for him and why they were so willing to care for a dog that showed up as nothing more than a dirty mutt.

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Reply Trailer - Fred: The Town Dog (a film about struggling small town America) (Original post)
Ava Jan 2013 OP
GoneOffShore Jan 2013 #1
Ava Jan 2013 #3
Bozita Jan 2013 #2
Ava Jan 2013 #4
DBoon Jan 2013 #5
Ava Jan 2013 #13
hfojvt Jan 2013 #6
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #7
Ava Jan 2013 #32
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #8
xchrom Jan 2013 #9
smokey nj Jan 2013 #10
Ava Jan 2013 #19
trof Jan 2013 #11
Ava Jan 2013 #22
trof Jan 2013 #23
Ava Jan 2013 #25
LWolf Jan 2013 #12
Ava Jan 2013 #30
derby378 Jan 2013 #14
Ava Jan 2013 #17
hamsterjill Jan 2013 #15
Ava Jan 2013 #20
hamsterjill Jan 2013 #21
Tikki Jan 2013 #16
Ava Jan 2013 #29
Ava Jan 2013 #18
greytdemocrat Jan 2013 #24
Ava Jan 2013 #27
The Straight Story Jan 2013 #26
Ava Jan 2013 #28
BeHereNow Jan 2013 #31
Ava Jan 2013 #34
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #33
Ava Jan 2013 #35
deutsey Jan 2013 #36
Ava Jan 2013 #38
magical thyme Jan 2013 #37
Ava Jan 2013 #39
madokie Jan 2013 #40
Ava Jan 2013 #41

Response to Ava (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:24 PM

1. Watched the trailer - Loved it.

Glad you posted it here as well.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:39 PM

3. Thanks for the suggestion!

Glad you liked the trailer!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 09:29 PM

2. Good stuff! ... Hope PBS snatches it up.

Fascinating topic. Can't wait to see the entire work.

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Response to Bozita (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:06 PM

4. Thanks!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:18 PM

5. Dogs reflect their humans

We become human through our dogs

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Response to DBoon (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:35 AM

13. yup

I lost my beloved Tucker a couple of months back and my sweet kitty hummus only a couple of weeks ago. I miss them both dearly. They truly were family, not just "pets"

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:53 AM

6. "the dog up and died. He up and died"

"After twenty years he still grieves ..." Mr. Bojangles

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:28 AM

7. I liked it!

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:55 PM

32. thanks!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:31 AM

8. looks interesting.

 

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:11 AM

9. du rec. nt

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:01 AM

10. Can't wait to see it, Ava!

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Response to smokey nj (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:41 PM

19. thanks!

we'll edit for a couple of months, but will begin submitting it to festivals immediately after

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:04 AM

11. Hi Ava!


Long time no see.
Hope all is going well.
Butch

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Response to trof (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:57 PM

22. Hey trof!

Long time no see indeed! How are you?

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Response to Ava (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:01 PM

23. Easing along.

Probably doing better than I deserve.
Mom and family OK?

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Response to trof (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:11 PM

25. They're all doing awesome!

Mom is staying busy as my little sisters grow up. It's so weird how much bigger they are every time I go home!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:38 AM

12. I'm eager to see the whole thing.

Of course, as a dog lover and a small town lover, I'm easy.

I'd love to find a way to revitalize small towns while keeping them small.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:03 PM

30. thanks!

i'm an animal love too, it's part of what attracted me to the story

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:40 AM

14. I am SO interested in seeing the whole film - but check this out, too

Some small towns, despite their best efforts, are abandoned and turn into ghost towns. I explore some of these when I get the chance, and I document what I find here:

http://texasghosttowns.blogspot.com

So far, I've only visited ghost towns in Texas, but one of these days...

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Response to derby378 (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:55 AM

17. There's lots of those in Alabama too

It's really sad what has happened to some small towns.

I really love the first photo from Gilliland Knox County btw. Great job!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:41 AM

15. Love the idea!

Wish the CONCEPT would be something that larger cities could adopt. I see a lot of animal abuse where I live.

Best of luck with the project.

And...as a rescuer myself, I have to mention that it would have been great if the town had arranged to get Fred neutered. I'll just settle myself by envisioning that "his girlfriends" were merely platonic in nature!

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:05 PM

20. Fred was neutered

His "girlfriends" were more his pals, haha

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Response to Ava (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 04:53 PM

21. Even better!!!

Thanks for clearing that up!

Wish more communities cared about the "Fred's" of the world, and happy to know that this town came together for their little guy.

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:41 AM

16. There you are...Grand job there.

You truly make a difference.



Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #16)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 05:12 PM

29. Thanks Tikki!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 12:33 PM

18. thanks all!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 06:06 PM

24. Awww, that's cute.

Do films like that cost a lot to create and produce???

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #24)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:57 PM

27. less than a narrative fiction film, but still a decent amount

just the cost of flying the crew down and paying for everyone's food, room and board, etc is a decent chunk of change!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:13 PM

26. I remember your post about this some time back - glad it is done

and congrats!!

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #26)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:59 PM

28. Thanks! We still have a lot to do before it's complete

But filming went really well and we have a lot of great material to work with!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:12 PM

31. I can't WAIT to see this!

I do hope you are entering it in every doc competition on the planet-
As well as protecting your rights behind the idea/story with the WGA!
I smell movie offers for the right to make a movie based on your doc!
PROTECT it NOW!
BHN

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Response to BeHereNow (Reply #31)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 09:33 AM

34. thanks!

i will be submitting it to various festivals!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:05 AM

33. K & R

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #33)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:15 AM

35. Thanks!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:59 AM

36. This looks really interesting

I look forward to seeing the entire film!

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Response to deutsey (Reply #36)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:36 PM

38. thank you!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:02 PM

37. bookmarking to view later

Love the concept, so I'm sure I'll love the execution too! Thank you.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #37)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:22 PM

39. thanks magical thyme!

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Response to Ava (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:24 PM

40. Hello Ava!

been a while. Hope the world is treating you ok.

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Response to madokie (Reply #40)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:36 AM

41. hey there!!!

how are you?
I'm keeping busy

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