The ChampionsAbout the Film
THE CHAMPIONS is the powerful story of the brave individuals who rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted the pit bulls from NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s violent dog-fighting ring. Despite tremendous pressure from animal welfare organizations to euthanize these animals, a handful of men and women stepped in to give the dogs a second chance. With her inspiring documentary, first time filmmaker Darcy Dennett proves the power of resilience and addresses a variety of important issues, including the unfair stigma surrounding this misunderstood breed, the exploitation of animals for the sake of entertainment, and the way society is too quick to forgive its star athletes.
The 10/10/15 showing of The Champions will be followed by the Compassion, Justice and Animal Rights panel at 3:30pm, there will be no individual tickets for these panels as they are included with each of the signature program tickets.
About the Director
Darcy Dennett produced a segment in Nigeria for Oprah’s landmark series BELIEF in 2013. She was the series producer of National Geographic’s DOGTOWN, directed episodes of OUR AMERICA WITH LISA LING, and produced a multi-million dollar advertising campaign for HSBC with some of National Geographic’s best photographers, around the world. Darcy studied film at Wesleyan, lives in NYC, and has traveled to over 50 countries.
Tickets to the 10/10 screening include access to the screening and panel.
Darcy Dennett—Director of THE CHAMPIONS
Francis Battista—Co-founder of Best Friends Society
Paul Fiaccone—Subject of THE CHAMPIONS
Rebecca Huss—Professor of Law at Valparaiso University
Panel Moderator: Jerry Cimisi