Updates October 2019:
Watch our powerful new trailer! (above)
NEWS FLASH: A generous donor just agreed to match, dollar for dollar, this campaign! If we reach our $25K goal, it will be doubled automatically to $50k! This amount will allow us to complete a rough-cut of the final film, which we will shop around for completion funds. This is HUGE!
HELP END THE DOG MEAT TRADE
Each year, tens of millions of dogs are farmed or stolen, and then slaughtered for food throughout parts of Asia. In Korea, popular myths claim that a tortuous and painful death enhances the taste of the meat and the sexual "stamina" of the men who eat it. Welcome to the hidden world of the dog meat trade--a practice that has become a flashpoint in South Korea, where some believe the Asian custom originated, and where cultural and generational shifts have drawn entrenched battle lines.
Enter a team of American combat vets fighting to stop the lucrative and powerful dog meat trade. Employing commando practices mostly undercover, they enter and disrupt this shadow world , saving one or hundreds of dogs at a time, and help to transform an industry and country. Leaving behind families and critics that question their motives and tactics, the vets risk it all to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves – dogs brutally tortured for human consumption. Directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson (the filmmaker behind the Oscar-semifinalist Under Our Skin ), Dog War goes behind the scenes as the battle unfolds, looking at the complex forces that pit dogs' lives against human livelihoods, and revealing haunting truths about the breach of contract with man's best friend.
Watch the trailer above and share it with others!
FILM CAN CHANGE REALITY
In Korea alone, the cruel dog meat industry commits purposeful, intentional torture, inhumane killing, theft of family pets and a multitude of other abuse and neglect to an estimated 2-3 million dogs each year. The only way to stop this practice is through education and spreading awareness around the world. And it’s working. Dog meat consumption is in decline due to the work of activists at home and abroad.
With a team of award-winning, veteran filmmakers at the helm, Dog War will leverage gripping non-fiction storytelling to raise broad-scale, international awareness of the dog meat trade so that we can finally put an end to these inhumane practices. Please join us in educating audiences around the world by donating to the completion of the documentary. Together, we can stop the cruelty and torture of millions of dogs.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
After four production trips to Korea, we have completed principal production, and have begun editing. We've been fortunate to get this far with many small donations and a few larger ones, as well as in-kind services and reduced rate fees. With your help, we will be able to continue to edit the roughly 80 hours of footage into a compelling narrative that will reach the hearts and minds of millions. So far, the story is incredibly compelling and unique.
If we reach or funding goal of $25,000, this will automatically be matched by a generous donor! $50,000 will enable us to film pick-up interviews and complete the rough-cut of the film! With this in hand, we expect to get a distribution deal which will pay for the remaining completion costs. Your tax-deductible contribution, large or small, brings us closer to finishing the film--and to mainstream visibility of the hidden horror facing dogs in South Korea.
YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN
So that we can complete the film with the urgency it demands, we're looking for select donors who have the capacity to make a greater impact. For a $500 contribution, you will receive On Screen Credit in the completed film. We have other giving thresholds to receive honorary Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits. If you have questions about how this works or would like additional information, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Eye Pictures is a non-profit, public benefit corporation under section 501(C)(3) IRS code. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Equally important, we hope you will join the Dog War team as an ambassador and help spread the word about our film and funding campaign. Please share this GoFundMe campaign on social media with friends, family, animal rights activists, and anyone you think might be interested.
Open Eye Pictures is a multi-award-winning, non-profit organization specializing in the production and distribution of creative, educational media. We open the eyes and minds of viewers to see the extraordinary in the ordinary and the bigness in the littlest of things. We turn the lens on places where worlds and assumptions collide, encouraging compassion and action, and moving audiences in unexpected ways.
Founder and president of Open Eye Pictures, Andy Abrahams Wilson is a multi-award winning, Oscar-shortlisted and Emmy-nominated maker of creative non-fiction films. Andy received a BA in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University and an MA in visual anthropology from the University of Southern California where he also studied at the School of Cinema. While his work takes on controversial themes, he uses the filmmaking process as an opportunity to encourage compassion and action. Recent productions include ALFREDO'S FIRE (IL FUOCO DI ALFREDO), which premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and received a CINE Best Independent Documentary jury award; THE GROVE which broadcast nationally on PBS and was awarded Best Documentary at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; and UNDER OUR SKIN, the recipient of seven best documentary awards at international film festivals and an Academy Award semifinalist for Best Documentary Feature. Awarded a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Dance/Media, Andy is the two-time Grand Prize recipient at the Dance on Camera Film Festival. He is a past budget director of the film distribution cooperative New Day Films, board director of the Jewish Film Institute, and member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Andy has been recognized by the Northern California Marin Arts Council as Outstanding Artist, and by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with honors for Outstanding Documentary Achievement.