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“A maverick veterinarian and his dedicated team of doctors create a mecca for pets and their owners looking for hope and a last chance for animal healing.”
A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Combining conventional medical training with cutting edge alternative therapies, Dr. Marty’s deeply empathetic philosophy offers a vital example of how improving overall health rather than merely treating disease is transformative for all living things.
As Goldstein and his staff interact with animals, the stakes are high and it is often touch and go as we watch the owners, some who have traveled great distances, struggle with the reality of whether or not their pets will live to see another day.
THE DOG DOC poses a serious question about whether we are over medicating our pets, our children, and ourselves, while offering an immersive view into a seldom seen world to paint a complete picture of the dedication and rewards of being a veterinarian.
CINDY MEEHL is an award-winning director and producer whose most recent documentary, THE DOG DOC, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in the spring of 2020.
Meehl started her career in films in 2008 when she created Cedar Creek Productions and began work on her documentary feature BUCK. The film was Meehl’s directorial debut and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s U.S. Documentary Audience Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Award® – Best Documentary Feature.
She has been a very involved executive producer on a range of critically acclaimed films including REWIND which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The film premiered on Independent Lens on PBS in May 2020. Meehl also executive produced the documentary THE RIVER AND THE WALL (dir. Ben Masters) which premiered at 2019 SXSW and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award.
Previously, Meehl executive produced FOR THE BIRDS (dir. Richard Miron) which premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2018 and had its U.S. premiere at AFI Docs. It is currently on Netflix. TRAPPED (dir. Dawn Porter), which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, received the Jury Prize for Social Impact Filmmaking, broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens, and was awarded a Peabody.
Meehl also executive produced UNBRANDED (dir. Phillip Baribeau) a 2015 documentary. The film premiered at Hot Docs 2015 and won Audience Award there and won the Audience Award at Mountainfilm Festival. She executive produced the 2014 documentary DOGS ON THE INSIDE (dir. Brean Cunningham and Douglas Seirup) about a rehabilitation program at the North Central Correctional Institution that pairs inmates with stray and abused dogs.
Cindy lives in Connecticut with her husband Brian and a happy home of dogs, cat, horses and chickens.
ALICE HENTY is a British transplant based in New York. She has worked with many of the leading producers and directors in the field for over 20 years. She line produced, among many other, big hitting award winners such as ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, THE TILLMAN STORY and BUCK, and she co-produced BEWARE OF MR BAKER and SKYLADDER before producing her first documentary feature, THE WORK, in 2012. Heralded as a masterpiece in verite cinema THE WORK garnered deep and wide critical acclaim as well as the Grand Jury prize at SXSW, the Audience Award at Sheffield and various prestigious nominations. She has been working with Cindy Meehl and the film team on THE DOG DOC since its inception and is beyond excited to be finally sharing it with the world.
STEVE HEFFNER is a picture and sound editor whose credits include the award winning INDIAN POINT for director Ivy Meeropol, the Emmy-nominated BROTHERS IN WAR for NatGeo, the highly successful independent release THE AMERICAN NURSE, and the Emmy-nominated WWII IN HD and VIETNAM IN HD, both for History Channel. Additionally, Steve has received several Cine Golden Eagle awards for his educational work and two for broadcast. In addition to his work on THE DOG DOC, he directed an episode of THE APOLLO CHRONICLES for The CW Network and edited a television doc, CURED, for Story Center Productions.
Sadly we lost Steve to cancer in 2021 and we miss him very much.
JENNIFER STAMPS is a freelance editor/assistant editor who lives and works in the Hudson Valley. She has worked on many award winning films including ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS (Emmy Award), BUCK (Sundance Audience Award), HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, (Peabody Award), MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, THAT WAY MADNESS LIES, INDIAN POINT, as well as the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN video series. In 2018, she made her directorial debut on the equine educational DVD, HORSE SPEAK – FIRST CONVERSATIONS. Currently Jennifer has just completed two feature documentaries, THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD: THE STORY OF WILLIAM FAULKNER and UNFINISHED BUSINESS which will have a world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
BRITTANY BATTERTON got her start in the documentary world coming on board with Cedar Creek Productions in 2013. She has worked as field coordinator for DOGS ON THE INSIDE and has worked alongside Cindy Meehl (BUCK) on critically acclaimed films such as, UNBRANDED, TRAPPED (Sundance 2016) and REWIND. Recently, she was the Associate producer for FOR THE BIRDS (2018) which world-premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest (New Talent Award Nominee) and had its American Premiere at AFI Docs. FOR THE BIRDS has continued to tour the festival circuit and has picked up awards along the way.
TOBY SHIMIN began her film career as a sound editor and switched to picture editing in 1988 when she cut THE CHILDREN’S STOREFRONT, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she has edited numerous films that have premiered at Sundance, including, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, which won a Peabody Award, A LEAP OF FAITH, MARTHA & ETHEL, MISS AMERICA, EVERYTHING’S COOL and the Sundance Audience Award winning films, OUT OF THE PAST and BUCK, which was also short-listed for an Academy Award. In 2017, she received the prestigious Documentary Editing Award at the Woodstock Film Festival for HBO’s 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE. This is Home, won the Audience Award in World Cinema at Sundance in 2018 and her most recent film, ERNIE & JOE will be premiering at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival
NELSON HUME was planning a career in art when the New York independent film scene exploded in the mid 80’s. Inspired, he enrolled at NYU Graduate School of Film and Television where he won the Johnson Fellowship Award. Nelson’s narrative film training overlays all his work as a cinematographer. “Documentaries are a challenge, you have to keep up and make choices quickly. I pre-plan as much as possible after lots of conversation with the director. We make decisions about cameras, lenses, lighting – what tools might best capture the story. But once you enter the world of your subject you have to keep your eyes, ears, mind and heart wide open because life is full of surprises. If you’re lucky you catch something totally unexpected and beautiful. That’s the goal. Nelson currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. Recent documentaries include WHITNEY, LONG STRANGE TRIP, DIRTY MONEY: CARTEL BANK and the upcoming doc series, WHY WE HATE.
CHRISTIAN CHAPMAN is a cameraman, director, and graphic artist from Easton, CT. He has been using a camera to tell stories since he was 13 years old and realized he was living in a family of undiscovered actors. He learned the nuts and bolts of digital filmmaking from The Art Institute of California–Los Angeles and went on to manage The Maysles Cinema, a non-profit documentary center in Harlem, NY dedicated to social evolution through film. As co-founder of Resonator Films, Christian is inspired to acquaint audiences with larger–than–life characters and the visible and invisible landscapes they inhabit. His new short, DOG IN THE WOODS, premieres this year at Slamdance Film Festival.
BRIAN FISH is a passionate screenwriter, audio engineer and electronic musician. Originally from the rural hills of Western Massachusetts, he graduated with honors from New York University’s film program. With over two decades of experience in the industry, Brian’s work has taken him around the globe. He has traveled with productions in South America, East Asia and Africa. From narrative features to documentaries and television, he has collaborated with Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and many top tier directors. He has worked on projects such as Michael Moore’s health care documentary SICKO, Alex Gibney’s FINDING FELA, and James Redford’s HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION. Brian’s recent work includes: the Cuban boxing documentary Teofilo, Gretchen Carlson: Breaking The Silence, and America Inside Out with Katie Couric.
TODD GRIFFIN has composed scores for over 40 feature length films, and dozens of live and multimedia projects. Notable titles include the Academy-Award nominated LIFE, ANIMATED and multiple festival award winners QUEST, and WELCOME TO LEITH as well as the Oscar Shortlisted ONE OF US, CHARM CITY and THE OVERNIGHTERS and the Oscar Nominated short film ENDGAME with Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman. He composed the music for Showtime’s 8-episode documentary series ACTIVE SHOOTER, and for two episodes of Netflix’ DIRTY MONEY. He has performed his scores for live film/music events with filmmakers including three evening-length projects with Sam Green, multiple projects with experimental film legend Jem Cohen, and with the Warhol Factory Films of Danny Williams. These shows have toured internationally and been presented by The Barbican, BAM Next Wave, REDCAT, The Walker Art Center, The Melt Down Festival, Big Ears Festival, and dozens of other festivals and museums. Besides his work as a film composer and solo artist he has worked as a player and/or producer with luminaries of the independent music world including Patti Smith, Vic Chesnutt, Mary Margaret O’Hara and members of The Ex, Dirty Three, Fugazi and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. He was a fellow at the Sundance Composers’ Lab in 2008, and has twice been nominated for Cinema Eye Honors for Original Music Score. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.
JOY E. REED brings over a decade of experience in documentary as an associate editor, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, THIS IS HOME, and animator, 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE, and has been on the creative team of a number of films that have premiered at Sundance, including BUCK (Audience Award 2011). Joy is a principal of Oh, My! Productions, and their work has been broadcast on PBS, HBO, and other festivals worldwide. Joy is drawn to character driven documentaries in which, by showing the day to day experience of people that might otherwise be “othered”, through skillful editing, connections may be drawn and relatability with a wider world can be achieved. Joy’s feature directorial debut, LITTLE MISS WESTIE, premiered at DOCNYC 2018.
“A thought-provoking look at what is missing from modern medicine — for animals and for people.”
The New York Times
“It’s the cinematic preservation of a hope-filled legacy begat by a rebel who sought to give humanity the gift of extra time with their furry, four-legged joy factories. And there’s nothing more priceless than that.”
“Dog Doc is a visionary approach to caring for animals and ourselves, a way of more truly sharing the planet.”
“The Dog Doc exposes a whole new process of thinking when it comes to the care of our beloved pets- a must-watch for animal lovers and progressive thinkers alike.”
“An inspiring and compassionate documentary that is a must see for all animal lovers.”
“This is a warm and fuzzy film, full of nose-licking and belly rubs, but it doesn’t only cuddle the audience … Meehl’s film is a quietly convincing story.”
“The best dog movies are sentimental dramas, with Lassie Come Home as my personal favorite. But in this case, Marty shows that a documentary can be as charming, enlightening, even sentimental, as the best of the narratives.”
“All dog parents MUST SEE this film! If you are an animal lover of any kind, I strongly recommend checking it out. This documentary might just change your life–and the lives of your furry loved ones–for the better. I learned so much watching this film, and I definitely walked away from it as a better pet parent.”
“…this is a marvelous film. It will fill you for hope that should your pet end up sick that there really is someone who can help them. …There is something about the care and love Goldstein shows his patients and their owners that is truly something special. Its magical actually as he manages to not only heal the animals but their humans as well.. Clearly Goldstein’s approach to health and kick starting the immune system is something we should all be exploring. …A wonderful film that is highly recommended, even more so for animal lovers. …one of the best films of Tribeca.”
“…the movie is a testament that dogs and other pets are treated like members of a family, who often will do what it takes to get the best help possible when their beloved pet gets sick.”