Well Groomed


TIFF Lightbox 1 Thu, Apr 25, 2019 8:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Fri, Apr 26, 2019 12:45 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, May 4, 2019 10:15 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Animals & Animal Rights
Popular Culture
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rebecca Stern
Producer(s):Rebecca Stern
Justin Levy
Matthew Mills
Executive Producer(s):Annie Roney
Sue Turley
Chris Vivion
Editor(s):Katharina Stroh
Writer(s):Rebecca Stern
Cinematography:Alexander Lewis
Composer:Dan Deacon


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Move over, Westminster Kennel, there's a more colourful dog show in town! Creative dog grooming involves dyeing and sculpting dog fur into kaleidoscopic hues and gravity-defying shapes. Transforming an average poodle into the entire dinosaur cast of Jurassic Park, for instance, takes vision and a heck of a lot of hair spray. To make it in the competitive circuit, however, creative groomers have to amp up their ideas. Filmmaker Rebecca Stern follows four competitors and their trusty four-legged canvases as they express their artistry at regional events across the United States, all the way to one final glory-making show. This study of an unexplored medium also captures a rather inspiring and unmistakably female dynamic at work; here, camaraderie and mutual support trump any whiff of dog-eat-dog antics. From jaw-dropping styles to outrageous cuteness, this playful look at creative expression will leave you howling for more. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Additional Information

  • NOW - 3 Stars
  • POV - "A fluffy bit of colourful fun, it does what it sets out to do."