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First Dog Feature Film Honored

ARTTEC Students combined forces with production company First America Cinema to blend the best of the community, local setting and talent into one wholesome star-studded family film. The cast included the likes of Paula Nelson, Eric Roberts, Joe Estevez, Tiny Lister, Priscilla Barnes, Paula Devicq, Tim Peyton, Bernie Copell, Dick Van Patten and more. The film showcased many recognizable Santa Clara County locations including Ann Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill, History Park in San Jose, the Morgan Hill Community Center and Train Station, and Black Bear Diner in Gilroy. The world premiere event took place at Morgan Hill’s Cinelux Theaters and was attended by many Hollywood celebrities and local public figures alike.

ARTTEC Students filled roles in every stage of production ranging from preproduction location scouting, on set camera assisting, producing, and acting in the film to constructing and dressing the scale replica of the Presidential Oval Office.

The film follows the heart-warming journey of a young boy through many trials and tribulations as he tries to “Do the right thing”.

“Danny Millbright, a quiet foster child, finds an unlikely friend in a wandering lost dog. But Danny soon discovers that this is not just any dog-Teddy is the First Dog, with the white house as his home. When no one believes Danny’s dog story, he takes it upon himself to return the pup to it’s presidential owner.

So begins a young boy’s adventure across America, filled with hardships and friendships, deception and danger, as others try to intercept Danny and his four-legged national treasure. Determined to see Teddy reunited with his owner, Danny will stop at nothing to get Teddy home. But is the task too big for one little boy? Featuring original songs by Dolly Parton, this film will show you the strength that lies within when one little person decides to do the right thing.”

This film is now available through many outlets including RedBox, Walmart, Nextflix, and on the Starz and Encore networks.

Awards Include:

WINNER: Best Dramatic Screenplay-International Family Film Festival. Hollywood, CA.

WINNER: Best Screenplay-Gold REMI Award. Worldfest.

WINNER: International Family Film Festival Competition “Best Feature Drama/Screenplay” Dove Foundation Seal of Approval

WINNER: “Best Family Film” 17th Annual Sedona International Film Festival.

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