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An Act of Dog

A film by Bonnie Silva and Russ Barry

Directed by Russ Barry and produced by Bonnie Silva, An Act of Dog tells the story of an artist who sets out to paint 5,500 portraits, only to discover that the paintings are taking their toll on him in ways he never imagined.
The half hour documentary premiered on PBS network KET with Craig Cornwell as Executive Producer, and was distributed to PBS stations nationwide through NETA. A US INPUT 2018 national pre-selection, the film had its Hawaii premiere at the Palace Theater in Hilo.
Broadening the Story’s Reach and Impact
“Our event showing of Act of Dog was a huge success, our audience was deeply moved. It was a wonderful evening and has stimulated community engagement which is exactly what we wanted. We have received several requests to bring the film to several more communities on our Island. Three communities are ready for us to begin to set dates and plan details for a showing.”
Ana Nawahine-Kaho’opi’i                                 
Director, Aloha Animal Advocates
Further Engaging Our Audiences
Fundraising efforts for the documentary’s audience engagement campaign continue. When fully funded, the campaign will include a dedicated web site for the film where viewers inspired by An Act of Dog can watch additional video clips, learn how to host community-based screenings, find out more about Mark and Marina’s journey, and explore ways to get actively involved with the issue artist Mark Barone is depicting.
Comments from PBS viewers following the story’s premiere:
“Thank you for airing this highly moving and important documentary. Wonderful. ❤
“It is an understatement to say An Act of Dog is extraordinarily moving.  It’s beyond that.  It is transcendent…”
Widening Distribution
An Act of Dog can be seen on the World channel beginning April 30, 2018

Associated Members

Bonnie Silva, Producer


We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Lowel Cultural Council
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Liberty Mutual Foundation
City of Boston Arts and Culture