Program 2018

Stray Dog

Debra Granik, USA 2014, 98’

The Vietnam War turned Ron "Stray Dog” Hall’s life upside-down. The sixty-something biker from Missouri still has nightmares and cries when he recalls his battlefield buddies. His struggle with a tragic past comes down to remembering the fallen and helping victims and their families. Hall is also a committed local activist, who attempts to help everyone. In his free time, he cares for a pack of adorable dogs and studies Spanish. His wife, Alice, is from Mexico, and the couple speaks in two languages like a true partnership. In the film Stray Dog, Debra Granik takes on the issue of dealing with a multi-year war trauma also in the context of modern armed conflicts. At the same time, she uses Hall’s biography to break the stereotype of a biker tough guy, a veteran and all-around American hero.


Los Angeles FF 2014 – Jury Documentary Prize

Debra Granik

Debra Granik was born in 1963 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Politics from Brandeis University and later earned an MFA from the graduate film program at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts), and took part in the Writer’s and Director’s Lab at the Sundance Institute. During her studies, she debuted with the short Snake Feed and several years later she won the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her first feature-length film Down to the Bone. Granik's second feature, Winter's Bone, received four Oscar nominations in 2011.


1997 Snake Feed (short)

2004 Aż do kości / Down to the Bone

2010 Do szpiku kości / Winter’s Bone

2014 Przybłęda / Stray Dog (doc.)

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Cast & Crew

director Debra Granik
screenplay Debra Granik
cinematography Eric Phillips-Horst
editing Victoria Stewart
music Marideth Sisco
sound Derek Hall, David Flaming
cast Ron „Stray Dog” Hall, Alicia Soriano-Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla Soriano, Felipe de Jesus Padilla Soriano
producer Anne Rosellini
production Still Rolling Productions
language English
colouration colour
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