Sundance Selects Lands Slamdance Puppy Doc 'Pick of the Litter'

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'Pick of the Litter'

Directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, the opening night film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.

Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to the crowd-pleasing Slamdance documentary Pick of the Litter.

Directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, the film follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow the pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train. Along the way, they interact with a community of dedicated individuals who work with them.

Pick of the Litter was produced by Nachman and Hardy and executive produced by Ian Reinhard, Dan Braun and Josh Braun. The film made its world premiere as Slamdance’s opening night film.

“Everyone at IFC Films/Sundance Selects understands how dogs can change one’s life, and this film epitomizes this,” said Arianna Bocco, executive vp acquisitions and productions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “We are so excited to introduce these amazing animals to audiences.”

Added Nachman and Hardy: “We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with Sundance Selects on the release of our film. In a world where the news gets more bleak by the day, we need more stories of inspiring people — and animals — doing amazing things.”

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco on behalf of Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Matt Burke, Josh Braun and Ben Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.