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Following a viewing of Dog Day Afternoon, Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren decided they’d seek out the bank robber who inspired the movie. They found Jon Wojtowicz with relative ease and decided to spend a year making a documentary about him. That was more than a decade ago. Berg and Keraudren tell Kim Masters about the multi-year adventure in filmmaking that followed. The filmmakers found themselves drawn into Wojtowicz’s world, spending hours upon hours with his family and friends, funding the film themselves for years at a time. Their resulting documentary is called The Dog, which is also what Wojtowicz called himself.

Banner Image: Filmmakers Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren

Producers:
Kaitlin Parker

Hollywood News Banter 6 MIN, 46 SEC

Kim Masters is joined by Matt Belloni, Executive Editor of The Hollywood Reporter to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.

- Checking in on Toronto. The splashiest distribution deal to come out of this year’s festival is Paramount scooping up Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five.’
- Star of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Andrew Garfield told the Daily Beast that he took issue with some of the production elements of the Sony superhero movie.
- Sony CEO Michael Lynton says the down summer at the box office is partially because of the similarities of movies being offered.
- Cable network A&E cancels ‘Longmire,’ even though it’s their second most-watched show.

Guests:
Matthew Belloni, Hollywood Reporter, Billboard (@THRMattBelloni)

More:
Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals
Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
Sony Entertainment CEO Talks Studio Consolidation, Summer Box-Office Crash
Why TV Hit 'Longmire' Got Canceled: Fans Too Old

'The Dog' 21 MIN, 16 SEC

In the 1975 Sidney Lumet classic Dog Day Afternoon, Al Pacino plays a first-time robber who holds up a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change operation.

The story was based on real events--a 1972 Brooklyn bank robbery that turned into a hostage situation and an all-day media circus.

The robber was Jon Wojtowicz, the subject of The Dog, a new documentary by Frank Keraudren and Allison Berg.

Berg and Keraudren tell Kim Masters that it was surprisingly easy to locate Wojtowicz, who had been out of prison since the late 1970’s, but that was just the beginning of a decade-long filmmaking project.

As the filmmakers were to learn in intimate detail, Wojtowicz was a fascinating and frustrating subject--a man with prodigious and unpredictable sexual appetites.

Over the years, Berg and Keraudren shot interviews with Wojtowicz, his mother and his brother, as well as his wives, past and present. They watched their project grow in size and scope, while still maintaining full-time jobs producing and editing other documentary projects.

After going into credit card debt financing the film largely on their own and watching their master tapes survive a brush with Superstorm Sandy, Keraudren and Berg finally saw the debut of The Dog at Toronto International Film Festival last year. The documentary is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

Guests:
Allison Berg, co-director, 'The Dog' (@AllisonBergnyc)
Frank Keraudren, co-director, 'The Dog (@fkeraudren)

More:
The Dog Official Website

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