Pick of the Litter

Documentary Pick of the Litter

Guests Expected

Director Don Hardy expected to attend.


Meet Patriot, Poppet, Potomac, Primrose, and Phil, five impossibly adorable Labrador Retriever puppies. We meet them at the moment of their birth when they are enrolled into the national Guide Dogs for the Blind program based in San Rafael, CA. Soon after, they are placed with temporary trainers, individuals who have volunteered to shepherd the puppies through months of intensive training. Their emotional commitment to the dogs is intense and inspiring, making this documentary an emotional roller coaster once we realize that not all the dogs have what it takes to succeed.

"While Pick of the Litter stands out for its canine characterizations, it's fundamentally a film about the endlessly fascinating, constantly evolving relationship between dogs and humans, cultivated over millennia of advantageous interaction." – Justin Lowe, The 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

This is a free community screening, and furry friends are welcome! Service animals will not be turned away, even if the registration for dogs is at capacity. Due to allergen considerations, pets will not be able to take up seats, and the balcony will remain an animal-free zone.
By RSVPing to this event, you agree to take responsibility for the behavior of your pet. Attendees will be entering an environment with animals that are not trained as service animals; the festival is not responsible for the behavior of these animals.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Directors Don Hardy and Dana Nachman

Don Hardy made his directing debut with Sound Man: WWII to MP3 (2006). Among his other films are Witch Hunt (2008), Love Hate Love (2011), The Human Experiment (2013), Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (Festival 2015). He is currently working on a new film, Another Music Doc: The Story of Failure (2018).

Dana Nachman co-directed Witch Hunt (2008), Love Hate Love (2011), and The Human Experiment (2013) with Don Hardy. She also made Batkid Begins (2015), winner of the Truly Moving Picture Award at Heartland Film, and audience awards at the Dallas International Film Festival and Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2017
  • Running time: 81
  • Director(s): Don Hardy, Dana Nachman
  • Producer(s): Don Hardy, Dana Nachman
  • Cinematographer(s): Don Hardy, Kurt Kuenne, Steve Pitre, Jacob Stein, Naomi Ture
  • Editor(s): Don Hardy
  • Music: Helen Jane Long

Print Source:

IFC Films