Directed by Elizabeth Chatelain
November 12, 2017 11:30 am SOLD OUT
In 2012, with the advances in technology of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, North Dakota’s rural areas and small towns boomed. Desperate wanderers flocked from all areas of the country for the opportunity to start over. Some of them found success; others left even more desperate than they came. Sundogs is an exploration of the effects of this boom phenomenon on two of these struggling transplants: a mother and child.
A North Dakota native, Elizabeth Chatelain has produced and directed several documentary and narrative shorts including MY SISTER SARAH, winner of the International Documentary Association’s David L. Wolper Award for Best Student Documentary, Student Academy Award Finalist, and D.G.A.’s Best Student Director – Women’s Category Finalist. Her short documentary THE LOST GIRL was winner of the Ruth Landfield Award for Women Filmmakers in 2009. Her work primarily profiles strong women struggling against emotional and social adversity. Her most recent narrative short JENNY AND STEPH premiered at the deadCENTER Film Festival and screened at the Citizen Jane Film Festival, RiverRun, and Austin Film Society’s SXSW ShortCase 2014. She received her B.A. in Film and Media Culture in 2007 from Middlebury College and her M.F.A. in Film and Video Production at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013.
Cast: Sarah Chatelain-Gress, Serenity Gress, Sandy Thomas
Producer: Caitlin Prentke
Cinematographer: Don Downie
Editor: Jenna Skiver
Sound Design: Rui Silva
Assistant Camera: Taylor Thompson