Stray Dog

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USA | 2014 | 105 minutes | Debra Granik

October 23 - 29, 2015

SIFF Cinema Uptown | One Week Only, Exclusive Presentation
After director Debra Granik cast Ron "Stray Dog" Hall in her breakout indie film Winter's Bone, she turned the camera to his real life for an intimate portrait of this trailer park manager and Vietnam veteran who works to strike a balance between his multi-ethnic family, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans.

Harley-Davidson, leather, tattooed biceps: Ron "Stray Dog" Hall looks like an authentic tough guy. A Vietnam veteran, he runs a trailer park in rural Missouri with his wife, Alicia, who recently emigrated from Mexico. Gradually, a layered image comes into focus of a man struggling to come to terms with his combat experience. When Alicia's teenage sons arrive, the film reveals a tender portrait of an America outside the mainstream. Stray Dog is a powerful look at the veteran experience, a surprising love story, and a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland.


"Stray Dog is valuable in many ways — as the sympathetic documentation of a family’s perseverance in hard times; as an example of compassionate cinéma vérité; as a chance to spend time with some very interesting people — but perhaps its greatest virtue lies in its powerful, implicit challenge to the lazy habit of looking at American life through polarized red- and blue-tinted lenses." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

  • Director: Debra Granik
  • Principal Cast: Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall, Alicia Soriano Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla Soriano, Felipe de Jesús Padilla Soriano
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Website: Officiail Film Website
  • Awards: LA Film Fest 14 (Best Documentary)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes