Every now and again, members get to enjoy the sweet secret of being among the first dozen people to log a movie. I’m one of eighteen, at the time of writing, to have seen Hangdog, a low-budget, highly delightful film about a stolen dog, crippling depression and learning to love both yourself and small-town life, from director Matt Cascella and his co-writer, Jen Cordery.
Desmin Borges plays Walt, a depressed advertising creative struggling to adapt to a slower existence after moving with his partner Wendy (Kelly O’Sullivan, Saint Frances) to her hometown in coastal Maine. Wendy still gets to go to the city for work, and trouble comes when Walt is charged with looking after—and definitely not losing—her beloved dog. Tony (the mutt) goes missing during an outing to the local weed shop for a depression cure, and Walt is going to need the help of every local he’s so far tried to avoid getting to know.
“Charming, engrossing and joyful rom-com whodunnit. Set (and shot!) in Portland, Maine with an absolutely fantastic cast,” writes Ian. “It’s chock full of wry humor, quiet wisdom and eloquent gripes on human nature,” according to Corey. With music by Walter Martin of The Walkmen and Jonathan Fire*Eater fame, and the excellent Catherine Curtin and Barbara Rosenblat co-starring as Maine locals, Hangdog is trotting around the regional US film festival circuit (Provincetown, Maine and New Hampshire so far) and worthy of many more woof-loving eyes. Currently available for distribution, let’s hope it’s not on watchlists for too long. GG