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Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex‐reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen‐hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as “Sonny,” and his crime immortalized in one of the most iconic New York movies of all time, Dog Day Afternoon. The film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz (who pronounced his name "Woto-‐wits"), and when he emerged from a six-‐year prison term, he was known by his nickname: "The Dog."
Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. Touching upon the sexual revolution of the 1970s, we gain a first-‐ hand perspective on New York's historical gay liberation movement in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love and headstrong wit of his mother Terry. The hows and whys of the bank robbery are recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses, and don’t necessarily always align with one another.
Directors Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren began filming The Dog in 2002, and their long-‐term dedication pays off in this unforgettable portrait capturing all of the subject's complexity. John is, by turns, lovable, maniacal, heroic, and self-‐destructive. To call him larger than life feels like an understatement. Passionate and profane, The Dog makes no apologies for being who he is: "Live every day as if it's your last and whoever doesn't like it can go fuck themselves and a rubber duck."
Allison Berg is an award-winning filmmaker who directs and produces feature length documentary films and television documentary series. Allison’s first film, Witches in Exile, focused on women accused of witchcraft and banished to remote villages in Northern Ghana. The film premiered at the 2004 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature Film. Berg has received grants from such prestigious foundations as the Soros Documentary Fund, New York State Council of the Arts, Eastman Fund, Wellspring Foundation and Women in Film Foundation. Witches in Exile has screened at festivals throughout the world and has both international television and educational distribution. Recent television credits include Supervising Producer and Director on documentary series and specials for broadcasters such as Sundance Channel, MTV, Oxygen and A&E.
Frank Keraudren is an award-winning filmmaker with directing and editing credits in both documentary and narrative film. Frank co-directed and edited "The Last Cigarette" (New Yorker Films), "Who wants to be president?" (TLC) and "Lust in Las Vegas" (FX) with co-director Kevin Rafferty. He then collaborated with Allison Berg on "Witches in Exile" (Special Jury Award, SXSW 2004), which he co-produced and edited. Editing credits include "The Drug Years" (Cine Eagle Award, IDA Award nomination), "I Think I Do" (Brian Sloan) and "Little Red Riding Hood" (David Kaplan). Keraudren received an MFA from NYU' s Graduate Film program.
"As raw as a Charles Bukowski sonnet...an absorbing, rollicking documentary."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The Real story behind Dog Day Afternoon is even wilder"
"How often Hollywood embellishes. How rare, then, to find a documentary like “The Dog,” in which we discover that, if anything, Sidney Lumet’s “Dog Day Afternoon” left out much of the incredible story behind its 1972 hostage crisis"
"Hilarious, poignant and fascinating...one of the best documentaries of the year."
John Fink, The Film Stage
"Galvanising...brash and unrepentant...[constructed] with crafty tabloid urgency."
Owen Gleiberman, BBC
"Strange, stirring, almost unbelievable...its central figure an utterly eccentric character."
Christopher Schobert, Indiewir
Two filmmakers spent years with John Wojtowicz of 'Dog Day Afternoon' fame for the documentary 'The Dog'. After 'Dog Day Afternoon's' Dog died, the filmmakers interviewing him weren't sure about the movie's future. 'The Dog's' filmmakers focused on John Wojtowicz's crazy tales. He was behind the 'Dog Day Afternoon' story
Christy Grosz, Los Angeles Times, The Envelope
"...if there's a piece of film-making that deserved to stand out in that schedule it's The Dog. ...Berg and Keraudren have done a fine job"
Will Dean, The Independent