Directed by Nora Mandray & Jason B. Kohl
EP’d by Sophie Robinson (NETFLIX’s My Beautiful Broken Brain)
Ray, Burrell and Thomas are forced to overcome their differences to transform Eli into a highly-disciplined guide dog in just twelve months. For the first time in their lives, they are given a meaningful activity, one that will directly impact the outside world. How will this process impact their own rehabilitation?
Our primary audience include: Labrador fans & owners, guide dog trainers & owners*, vets, doggy day care workers, groomers, and anyone interested in learning more about dogs’ psychology and well-being.
*Through audio description, we’ll create a version for partially sighted people.
We’re looking to create a 90mn version, to be premiered at top international film festivals in order to garner reviews and create a media buzz. Set in the USA and entirely told in English, the film will resonate in North American territories as well as in countries known for their love of dogs: the UK, France and Germany. Following a theatrical release, the film will be broadcasted on TV & online to reach the largest audience possible.
In addition to these industry measures, community screenings will spark conversations. Organized in collaboration with NGO partners (such as Leader Dogs for the Blind) and academic institutions invested in human/animal relationships and/or social justice, those screenings will expand the audience’s experience.
Upon the film’s launch in theaters, a series of local Q&As will feature our film’s protagonists: Thomas, together with Eli.
CO-DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Nora’s debut, her award-winning short documentary 3 Acres in Detroit kickstarted a career telling true stories about extraordinary people. All her works have screened at top international film festivals, including Berlinale, Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Camden. Most recently, she directed Dancing With Le Pen (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018), EP’d by Oscar-winners Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook for Field of Vision.
Born and raised in France, she’s a double-graduate of the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris and UCLA Film School.
Together with her filmmaking partner Jason B. Kohl, Nora heads MAKO, a production company where they bring their documentary and fiction sensibility to tell stories – both on creative projects and branded content. Their most recent collaborations include a TV spot for the Red Cross, as well as Refinery29’s first feature-length documentary, Marcia, which follows an incest survivor’s recovery.
Jason B. Kohl
CO-DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Jason is an Austrian-American filmmaker from Michigan. His works have screened at SXSW, Locarno, BFI London and been finalists for the Student Academy Awards. His writing has been a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Nicholls Fellowship.
His first fiction feature New Money, "a smart, engaging thriller" (Film Threat) starring Louisa Krause and Emmy and Gotham Nominee Robin Weigert, was recently released by Gravitas Ventures after winning the Indie Memphis Film Festival’s Audience Award.
He’s a former Fulbright Scholar with an MFA in directing from UCLA Film School.
Together with his filmmaking partner Nora Mandray, Jason heads MAKO, a production company where they bring their documentary and fiction sensibility to tell stories – both on creative projects and branded content. Their most recent collaborations include a TV spot for the Red Cross, as well as Refinery29’s first feature-length documentary, Marcia, which follows an incest survivor’s recovery.
Sophie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and has a strong reputation for telling impactful and powerful stories through the emotive characters that are at the core of her films.
Some of her most recognized films have been for the BBC, Discovery and Netflix including the highly acclaimed Your Life In Their Hands, Edge of Life, What’s Killing Our Bees and Do You See What I See.’
Her feature documentary which was screening at Sheffield and went on to become a Netflix Original, My Beautiful Broken Brain was executive produced by David Lynch and nominated for an Emmy as well as winning other documentary awards including the IDFA DOCU Award, The Ahftaz Festival Documentary Award, TRT as well as receiving a special mention from the EDA for best female director.
Maxine most recently edited box-office documentary hits Wim Wenders’ documentaries Pope Francis and The Salt of the Earth, which received a 2015 Academy Award nomination and the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Her previous documentary This Ain’t California won the Dialogue en perspective prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012, a German Camera Award promotional prize for editing in 2013, and the Nashville Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
She has worked with Wim Wenders for many years and was assistant editor for his 3D documentary, Pina. In addition to her work in film, Maxine Goedicke also edits commercials for multinational brands.