MNFF has selected the inspiring documentary, The Dog Doc, as its Opening Night Film for the 5th Annual Festival, screening on August 22at 7pm at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. The Dog Doc tells the story of Dr. Marty Goldstein, a maverick integrative veterinarian, as he and his team create a mecca for pets and owners. The Dog Doc poses deep questions about treatment, pushing humans to consider the difference between medication and integrative, holistic care. This film offers an immersive view into a seldom seen world, painting a picture of pure dedication and joy.

The Dog Doc premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and has had a highly successful festival run, screening at Berkshire International Film Festival and Nantucket Film Festival, among others. Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will be its Vermont premiere. Director Cindy Meehl and Dr. Jacqueline Ruskin, DVM, and partner at Smith Ridge, will attend the Opening Night screening and participate in an on-stage event, hosted by MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven.

“We are excited and honored to bring The Dog Doc to The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival! It was a huge challenge to make this film, which relies on intimate access to doctors, clients and furry patients. I believe that dogs, cats, and people will benefit from this story about a cutting edge alternative path to health. I am so passionately in love with all my animals and want them around for a very long time. That is why I had to make this film, so others would have new insight into how to keep their own pets and families healthier. I look forward to great discussions with the Middlebury audience!”

Director Cindy Meehl

“We are thrilled to present The Dog Doc as our Opening Night Film. The film is beautifully done, with much to offer on so many levels. Our audiences have come to expect MNFF Opening Night films that both entertain and illuminate and we are confident that The Dog Doc will not disappoint. The participation of director Cindy Meehl and Dr. Ruskin will only add to the depth of the experience.”

Lloyd Komesar, MNFF Producer

The Dog Doc and Opening Night Festivities will take place Thursday August 22 at 7pm at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Our signature Opening Night afterparty will follow at The Swift House Inn. Tickets sold out fast but the Opening Night Waitlist is now open! Call the Town Hall Theater Box Office for information or to join the Waitlist – 802-382-9222. Looking forward to seeing you there!