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THE YEAR OF THE DOG

7:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JAN. 04  |  THE ELLEN THEATRE

Benefit for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter | Q&A with Director Rob Grabow & Actor Logan Hanley. Filmed in Livingston, Paradise Valley, & Bozeman.

Matt, a loner alcoholic at rock bottom, struggles to maintain sobriety for 30 days so he can honor his mother's dying wish, to visit her in hospice, sober. His book-thumping AA sponsor, Fred (Michael Sprears), offers him refuge at his farm, where Matt (Rob Grabow) finds Yup'ik, a stray Husky with a unique talent. The man and dog relationship is precarious at first, but with the help of a close-knit Montana community, the two strays find a connection and discover what it takes to pull through to the finish line. Rated PG13. 97 min.  

Based on a true story, The Year of the Dog features an accomplished cast including two prominent Indigenous actors: Jon Proudstar (veteran of 43 films and shortlisted for Emmy consideration for his performance as Leon in Reservation Dogs) and Lakota actor Michael Spears (Dances with Wolves, 1887 and Reservation Dogs Season 2). Joining them onscreen are Livingston native Rob Grabow, Bozeman High graduate and Broadway actor Aaron Finley (Kinky Boots, Rock of Ages, currently in the Emmy Award-winning Moulin Rouge), Alyssa Groenig, Jeff Medley, and Bozeman actor Logan Hanley. Screenplay by Rob Grabow. Co-Directed by Michael Peterson, Andrew McGinn, and Rob Grabow.

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