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Pick of the Litter (2018)

  • Director: Don Hardy Jr, Dana Nachman
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 81 mins.

This Free event is sponsored by
Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks.
There will be a post show discussion.

Summary: Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

"'Pick of the Litter' is made with heart and reverence for man's best friend, especially those special pooches who go on to answer a higher calling."
- Adam Graham, Detroit News
"By far the most joyous time you'll have at the movies all year."
- Scott Marks, San Diego Reader
"A complete delight, a much-needed balm for the soul."
- Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
"Pick of the Litter affirms the obvious: the world is a much better place with dogs in it."
- Tomris Laffly,
"Pick of the Litter is much more than a puppy parade, educating viewers about what it takes, practically and psychologically, to train a service animal. The wet noses and wagging tails are just a perk."
- Marissa Martinelli, Slate
"'Pick of the Litter' is earnest and heartwarming, filled with adorable camera-licking and tight closeups of beseeching doggy eyes."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Nachman and Hardy have produced another winning and relatable doc combining emotive storytelling with concisely focused filmmaking that's sure to charm viewers well beyond a sizable audience of dog lovers."
- Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"Hardy and Nachman’s film is the uncommon near-perfect documentary: the filmic elements fade, done so well the viewer focuses on the dogs and their journey. All of this leads up to the tremendous joy of freedom and partnership for those whose lives are transformed by their new guide dogs. "
- Bradley Gibson, Film Threat