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Great article about the festival and Doggie Boogie’s Win


Amidst the cinematic grand dreams of filmmakers shaping up for the Sonoma International Film Festival, one film has simpler goals: Bringing a better life to man’s best friend.

Doggie Boogie, which premieres at the festival later this week, tells the story of a young woman and her uncle and their dog-centric dreams; Respectively they’re an aspiring vet and dog dancer – whatever that means.

The aspirational plot-lines are matched by the technicolor set and imaginative props: the film has been called the “Wizard of Oz for Dogs.”

But the film doesn’t stop with one dog’s tale, Director Romanus Wolter is partnering with dog rescue group Herd It Through The Grapevine (HTTGV) to help make the dreams of civilian dogs come true. More at:

Get Your Grrr On!

Check Out Doggie Boogie’s World Premiere!!Doggie Boogie’s World Premiere This Thursday!

Pijo, the dog star of Doggie Boogie, proves that no matter your age you can achieve the impossible.” This wonderful message mixed with colorful sets and costumes, plus great music is bound to make Doggie Boogie a hit with families and dog lovers everywhere! April 12 is the World Premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and tickets are still available for both shows!! 

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3 Apr, 2012 01:13 CET

Dogs and Circus Performers to Attend Family-Friendly Screenings

at 15th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15, 2012

Sonoma, CA (April 2, 2012) – The world premiere of Scotland’s first animated film feature tops a diverse lineup of films and activities for families and youth at the 15th Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11-15.

This year’s programming also offers dazzling documentaries on youth circus performers and extreme snowboarding and a pair of compelling films based on the true stories of a 12-year-old boy who becomes the leader of a pack of wolves and a deaf teen who creates poetry through sign language.

And the line-up would not be complete without the annual Student Film Showcase, a popular festival favorite featuring works by media arts students at Sonoma Valley High School.

Here are the highlights:

World Premier of Sir Billi: This first-ever full-length animated film produced entirely in Scotland, featuring the voices of Sean Connery and Alan Cumming, is a roller-coaster adventure about a skateboarding grandfather’s quest to save the last beaver in Scotland. Produced by husband and wife team, Tessa and Sascha Hartmann, Sir Billi will premier at the Sebastiani Theatre at 5:30 p.m on Friday, April 13, and will show again at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Sebastiani Winery Barrel Room. Tallia Storm, Scotland’s 13 year-old singing sensation, who has been invited to perform with Elton John at Falkirk in June, will perform live at Friday night’s premier.
Saturday Morning Family Program at Sebastiani Theatre: Sonoma’s historic movie venue will host a morning of family-oriented events centered around the screening of the whimsical film Circus Dreams – a vibrant documentary about a year in the life of Circus Smirkus, a renowned traveling youth circus – on Saturday, April 14th. This heartwarming and inspiring story by filmmaker Signe Taylor showcases the lives of the 12- to 18-year-old performers, some of whom will perform prior to the screening. Smirkus performers will engage in dazzling juggling, hula-hooping and street circus contortion acts. After the screening of Circus Dreams, the Smirkus troop will participate in a Q&A with the audience. Clo the Cow, from Clover Stornetta dairy, will be on hand passing out free yogurt samples.
Student Film Showcase: Students from Sonoma Valley High School’s ambitious Media Arts Program present short films on the big screen at the Sebastiani Theatre. Founded a decade ago in partnership with the Sonoma Film Society, the SVHS Media Arts program receives its primary funding from the Sonoma festival proceeds. In addition to work by current students, SVHS Media Arts graduate Mike Lee is returning to the Festival – this time as a an alumni of the program – to present his film, Alarm Clock Alley. He was the first SVHS student to have a film in the regular Festival program while still in high school, with THE D.D. in 2009. The Student Film Showcase is presented twice, at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 12, and at noon Sunday, April 15.
La Quinceañera Film Fiesta: Among Wolves (Entrelobos) is a beautiful film by Gerardo Olivares, presented as part of the La Quinceañera program, based on the true story of a boy who survives for 12 years in the mountains of Spain by becoming the leader of a pack of wolves. Best for children over 10, the film screens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Sonoma Charter School in Agua Caliente. Free childcare is provided for all La Quinceañera films, and tickets are only $1 (or more by donation).
Art of Flight: This enthralling snowboarding documentary by Curt Morgan will screen at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Community Center and again at 7 p.m. that night at Murphy’s Irish Pub, where burgers and fish-and-chips make for a great family dinner.
Bella Gaia: The Baum Foundation presents this film based on images of Earth taken from astronaut footage over the past 20-plus years. It will be accompanied by live music performed by renowned violinist Kenji Williams. The Baum Foundation is making available a block of free tickets to middle and high school students. The film will be screened at the Community Center at 6 p.m., Friday, April 13, and again at the Sebastiani Theatre at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 14.
Deaf Jam, directed by Judy Lieff, is the riveting story of a deaf Israeli teen who creates poetry using American Sign Language and joins with a hearing Palestinian poet to boldly enter the spoken-word slam scene. There will be two screenings of Deaf Jam: at Sebastiani Winery’s Barrel Room on April 12th at 2 p.m. and the Community Center on April 15th at 12:30 p.m.
Doggie Boogie is an independently produced family film by Romanus Wolter. Audiences will cheer as Pijo – a devoted Bichon pup – helps his owner and her dog-dancing uncle go for their dreams. Dog dancing, also called “Canine Freestyle,” is an international competitive sport where dog and human pairs dance in front of judges. Doggie Boogie’s message is that it is never too early or too late to go for your dream. Screening at Vintage House on April 12th at 6 p.m. and again on April 15th at 9:30 a.m, this film is not only family-friendly, but dog-friendly too! Bring your pups to get your “Grrr” on. Sonoma herding dog rescue ‘Herd It Through The Grapevine’ (HITTGV) is partnering with Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On! to get the word out about rescuing dogs who have been abandoned. HITTGV’s mission is to rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.
Shakespeare High, a feature-length documentary by Alex Rotari, is about a determined group of teens whose immersion in the almost 100-year-old “Drama Teachers Association of Southern California’s High School Drama Program” compels them to overcome their difficulties and diversity and create better lives for themselves. Among the many famous alumni of this dramatic studies program are Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer, Mare Winningham and Richard Dreyfuss – all featured in the movie.
Tiger Eyes, appropriate only for older teens, brings the Judy Blume classic teen novel to the big screen. Directed by Blume’s son Lawrence, this is the story of 17-year-old Davey Wexler who is coping with the sudden, violent death of her father and the emotional collapse of her mother. Set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the family abruptly relocates to be with relatives, Davey meets Wolf, a young Native American with his own secret. This is a universal story of love and loss, of a family torn apart, who slowly, painfully find the courage to face the future. Screenings at Sebastiani Winery Barrel Room at 8:30 p.m. on April 12th and the Woman’s Club at 10 a.m. on April 13th.
Wall: The Journey Up tracks Stephen Wampler’s heroic quest to be the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. The vertical face of El Capitan spans twice the height of the Empire State Building. Wampler encounters both strife and triumph during his quest. The short documentary, directed by Tommy Baynard, captures Wampler’s amazing tale. Wampler will be in attendance at the Festival and a Q&A will follow the screening at The Woman’s Club on April 13th at 5 p.m. Wall will have a second showing at the Sebastiani Theatre on April 14th at 1 p.m.
Wolves Unleashed follows world-renowned animal trainer Andrew Simpson as he travels to the other side of the world to make the biggest wolf documentary ever attempted. This film will make people question everything they thought they knew about wolves – they will see an animal that is graceful, caring and trusting. The animal action in this film has never been seen before. The film will be screened at the Community Center on April 13th at the Sebastiani Winery Barrel Room on April 14th, both screenings at 11 a.m.


La Quinceañera Film Fiesta is sponsored by the Fred & June MacMurray Foundation. The Sonoma International Film Society and Film Festival rely on the generous support of sponsors and corporate partnerships to help fund the year-round film society – a cultural asset important to Sonoma, its youth and to independent filmmakers everywhere. Special thanks to this year’s committed sponsors and partners: (Premiere) AT & T, Comcast, Mia’s Kitchen & TOG Wines, and Chateau St. Jean; (Major) Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, New Belgium Brewing Company, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau and Wine Country Party & Events; (Supporting) Luna Fest, TV 5 Monde, Vode Lighting and Wild Fire Web. Primary winery partners are Buena Vista Winery, Don Sebastiani & Sons, and Sebastiani Vineyards. Transportation partner: Pure Luxury Transportation.

About the Sonoma International Film Festival

A destination film festival located in the heart of wine country, the Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) is uniquely positioned to be a lively celebration of film, food and wine. An annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts and independent filmmakers, Sonoma is one of the most scenic and epicurean places to experience the art of film. Founded in 1997 as the Sonoma Valley Film Festival, SIFF is now a five-day international event that takes pride in showcasing independent films.

SIFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Festival supports the Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Program established over a decade ago by the Sonoma Film Society.

The 15thannual Sonoma International Film Festival will take place from April 11 to 15, 2012. For more information, contact:

(707) 933-2600


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Brooke Conner Sevenau

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The Sonoma International Film Festival is holding the premiere of the feel-good family movie “Doggie Boogie” AND a dog adoption event —

The main thing that makes her good TV and movie and stage play material is that she knows how to relax and listen.
Wonderful article about what it takes for a dog to work in showbiz. “Dogs that are too easily distracted or too hyper aren’t likely to make it in show biz. Yes, they need energy to look lively for their scenes, but their most important quality is concentration.”

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I love to Doggie Boogie

Nice overview of Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On! and that went into making this new twist on a family dog movie:

Get Your Grrr On!

A fantastical adventure to achieving your dreams.

San Francisco, CA – May 31, 2011, The independently produced family film ‘Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On!’ provides just the escape people need in today’s chaotic world. Audiences will cheer as Pijo, a devoted Bichon pup, helps his owner and her dog-dancing uncle go for their dreams.

Dog Dancing, also called “Canine Freestyle,” is an international competitive sport where dog and human pairs dance in front of judges. It was a great hook for this fantastical story. Unfortunately, Wolter had very little money, no connections and modest experience. The good news is that Wolter follows his own advice, “Going for your dream far outweighs any obstacles.”

Doggie Boogie’s message is that it is never too early or too late to go for your dream. The making of the movie reflects this reality:

  • Wolter directed short films with a cooperative that answered questions of how elaborate sequences could be completed on a low budget
  • He matched team member’s “Dream Goals” to available positions no matter their past experience
  • An unemployed flight attendant constructed Doggie Boogie’s main props. From the time he was a young boy watching ‘Star Trek’ he had dreamt of making props. Wolter gave him his chance. Now, he is a designer on the Google Lunar X Prize.
  • Jane Wiedlin, co-founder of the Go Gos, was tracked down by one of the producers and handed a script. She loved the story and came on board as an actor and as music supervisor.
  • Judy Gamet, dog dance instructor, trained the inexperienced dance teams
  • One-week into production the cast and crew loved what they saw and wanted to make Doggie Boogie even better. A few invested in the movie to take it from a three-week to a three-month shoot.

Director and Writer, Romanus Wolter, is also the author of the “Kick Start” series of books, which help people take action on their dreams. Wolter, who was raised in Taipei, Taiwan, states, “Families are searching for films that they can connect to and spark family discussions about going for what you believe in.”

Wolter is seeking a partner to distribute Doggie Boogie. The film is the first in a trilogy and test audiences have said, “Doggie Boogie is uniquely positioned to be a sleeper hit.”

Romanus is available for interviews by calling 415-602-7177

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Romanus Wolter and Pijo

San Francisco, CA – May 17, 2011
The independently produced family film ‘Doggie Boogie: Get Your Grrr On!’ had just shown its first “Theatrical Preview” when its Director/Writer/Producer Romanus Wolter felt stabbing pains in his abdomen. He and his cast and crew thought it was food poisoning.

However Pijo, a 6-year old Bichon/Terrier mix who is the dancing star of Romanus’ upcoming family film, did take notice. He warned his owner by exemplifying behavior that concerned Wolter. “I came home with stomach cramps and laid down on the bed. Pijo usually curls up right next to me when I’m in pain. This time, he stayed at the end of the bed ignoring me. His body language told me something was wrong.”


Wolter immediately went to the emergency room – where it was discovered his appendix had actually ruptured. It had been affecting his health and other organs for three days. After the surgery, the doctor explained to Wolter that if he had waited even a couple of more hours the consequences could have been even more serious, possibly fatal.


Returning home ten days later, Wolter can now joke that “Pijo really wanted to make sure Doggie Boogie was completed and his budding film career still had a future.”
Pijo has always had a special talent on and off screen – and this incident proves Wolter’s theory that “dogs are here to lead us to our true lives. They watch over us so we can achieve our dreams.”
Wolter is seeking a partner to distribute Doggie Boogie. The film will be completed in August 2011 with plans to host benefit performances for local dog rescue and welfare groups. The movie was filmed in San Francisco and has partnered with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Guide Dogs for The Blind.

What is Doggie Boogie?

Doggie Boogie is a feel-good family movie where audiences cheer as a devoted pup helps his owner and her dog dancing uncle go for their dreams. Due to its fantastical sets and colorful costumes the film has been called "The Wizard of Oz for Dogs."

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