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Prison Pups

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By Alice Dungan Bouvrie
color, 58 min, 2006
produced in association with WGBH

This DVD is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired

Non-profit, K-12, and Individual pricing also available
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Prison Pups follows four inmates as they raise and train service dogs for the handicapped and hearing impaired. At Concord Farm, a minimum-security facility in Massachusetts, these inmates learn to take on the responsibility of a puppy and find in themselves not only a sense of confidence but also a capacity for nurturing and affection. The experience is profound as they become empowered by their role as trainers.

"Prison Pups is an engaging documentary that portrays the benefits of this program for both inmates and NEADS clients. The first person interviews make it clear that prison life is hard, but that the program enhances not only the life of the disabled, but enriches the lives of the prisoners as well. As the prisoners interact with and talk about "their" dogs, and with the NEADS staff and clients, they seem not only humane, but more human, in contrast to typical media presentations. Prison Pups is highly recommended for junior high through adult level audiences." — Pamela White, MLS, Health Science Libraries, University of Rochester
"Prison Pups, like other Dungan Bouvrie films, explores its subject matter from a cultural perspective, while using a method of filming which Dungan Bouvrie describes as "ethnographic." This technique is based on the filmmaker spending extended periods of time with each film's subjects, while keeping a discreetly low profile and respectful demeanor. — Lesley Today, Lesley University

Visit the filmmaker's website, Also, check out the NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans) website to learn more about their assistance dog training programs.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Regent Theater, Arlington, MA, 2008
Breckenridge Film Fest, Breckenridge, CO, 2007
Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA, 2007
Somerville Community Access TV (SCAT), 2007
Plymouth Independent Film Festival, MA, 2007
Planet Ant Film & Video Festival, Hamtramck, MI, 2007
Delray Beach Film Festival, Florida, 2007
Longbaugh Film Festival, Portland, OR, 2007
Trail Dance Film Festival, Oklahoma, 2007
Assistance Dog International Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2007
Omaha Film Festival, NE, 2007
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2007
Delray Beach Film Festival, Delray Beach, FL 2007
Longbaugh Film Festival, Portland, OR, 2007
Breckenridge Festival of Film, Colorado, 2007
Best Made-In-Mass Award & Best Featurette Award, Plymouth International Film Festival, MA, 2007
Austin Film Festival, 2006
Best Documentary Award, Berks County Film Festival, 2006
First Place Audience Award for Documentary, Asheville Film Festival, 2006

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