Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Evolving Soul of a Mongrel Dog

Diary of a Mongrel Dog (Extended Trailer) from CineNature on Vimeo.

I have been in production on this documentary for three years with producer John Arden.

Right up until the very last frame, it looks at truth and how we perceive it.

It's about how we perceive ourselves, how we interpret our history, and how we manage our relationships.

'John', the film's key character, has been the subject of much diagnosis and misdiagnosis. Each has impacted heavily on his growth.

John's struggle is universal. He's looking for a place to call "home".

It's been quite a tough journey for all concerned.


  1. What a trailer! I cannot wait for the movie to be out.

    The filmmaker presents the itinerary of a modern man. Every piece of the puzzle is thrown on the table: Father, Family, Women, Religion, Mental disease,and even a Road Trip to the end of the world and back.

    In the trailer, the main character John sets out to tell "the Absolute Truth" about his life; then there is a pause, and he continues with "the way I perceived it." Which one of us is not in the grip of the same contradiction?

    John is suspended in some nameless transitional space, somewhere between modernity and post-modernity, between 20th century and 21st century.

    He lives in two worlds that are historically continuous, but psychologically incompatible:

    His actions however illustrate the dilemma of the 21st century man. He is alone to face the erosion of 20th century authoritative discourse.

    As the character roams the landscapes composed by the filmmaker's probing eye, he destroys and leaves behind objects of consumption: t.v., clothes, etc.

    In these acts of willful anarchy and purposeless destruction, he is alone again. In this violent senselessness, as a postmodern Don Quixote, he is on the quest for a meaning of life . The conclusion is left to the viewer to draw: No place is left for 20th century communal understanding of what it means to be a man.

    And then there are Women. Can there be a Don Quixote without his Dulcinea? That is where Irony comes . The Women we see happen to project a more
    articulate and clear minded view of what it means to be than our hero; one says: "At the end, it is not about sex, it is about who is opening and feeding the jello cup, sitting with you on the porch..."

    In a world of hyper-individuality, what is left is a future where two individuals because of their "history" can help each other in this immense solitude brought about by 21th century consumerist-techno-psychotropic society. One particular woman does not condemn him or blame society, she mves on with her Time.

    [In contrast to his woman partners], John is still crying for a place for himself to be defined by society, pulling behind him his lost Jesus and making up a cleansing ritual.

    When confronted by the clarity of the thought and words of the female character,
    he closes the discussion by yelling "Welcome to bipolar disorder!" Using “medical discourse,” he thus forces her to stop talking.

    No more a subject to paternal law, no more a subject to institutional power, or religious power, John closes off from the voice of the Woman as well. The character's desperate quest for redemption and sense becomes absurd.

    But the filmmaker's powerful images overlay and tactfully transcend John's wretched, earnest self-torments. And what is left? The irresistible promises and delusions of the esthetic gaze expertly assembled by the filmmaker, for our benefit and, I sincerely hope, John's as well.

    I can't wait to see the movie: a “true” esthetic experience.

    Ginette Martin (Switzerland)

  2. Looks to be a poignant documentary. I like the underlying theme of catharsis through cinema.

    Joe @ The Degenerate

  3. That part about him being "on the inside looking out" and how that makes it "impossible for [him] to make connections with people" really resonated with me. I want to see this!

  4. Can hardly wait for release day! When is it?