Telluride: Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' Acquired by Abramorama, HBO Documentary Films

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Heart of a Dog

The film centers on Anderson's rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011.

Ahead of it's Sept. 4 screening at the Telluride Film Festival, Laurie Anderson’s new film Heart of a Dog has been acquired by Abramorama and HBO Documentary Films.

Centering on Anderson's rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog uses 8mm home movies, original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation and personal narration to explore larger themes of life, loss and the role that storytelling plays in everyday life.

After its premiere in Telluride, the film will make a number of stops along the fall festival circuit, including showings in Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian and New York.

"The HBO team has been so warm and dedicated, and their passion for our movie is delightful," said Anderson. "I'm beyond happy that Heart of a Dog will find such a wide audience with this wonderful team."

Abramorama will release the film theatrically in North America on Oct. 21, while HBO is planning a 2016 debut.