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Best of 2015 #9 TV/Film: Prepare to Bawl Your Eyes out Over This Gut-Wrenching Dog and Owner Tale

Ben Knight's Patagonia-Sponsored Short Features in New Directors Showcase

Published on Jun 10, 2015

Editor's Pick

Until New Year's, we'll be counting down the best work of the year in TV/Film/Branded Content, Print/Outdoor/Design and Interactive/Integrated (IX) as our picks of the day.

At #9 in TV/Film, you'll see that brands don't have to be in-your-face to promote their message. Patagonia supported this sweet, true tale of an outdoors-loving man and his dog, Denali. Told from Denali's point of view, it's at once funny and heartbreaking, chronicling how the pair rejoiced in the beauty of life and nature while tackling some tough times. It was directed, written and edited by Ben Knight and produced by Ben Moon, the film's co-protagonist. Make sure to grab some tissues.

The moving short was also featured in Saaatchi's New Directors Showcase at Cannes.

Original story

Even if you're not a dog lover, we bet you'll bawl your eyes out over this film chronicling the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his dog Denali. Made possible by the support of Patagonia, the gut-wrenching tale shows how Moon and Denali supported each other through the most trying of times --during the photographer's bout with cancer, and subsequently, Denali's own struggle with the disease.

The film is told from Denali's surprisingly perceptive and funny point of view, opening with his observations of the numbskulls whose worst worries in life are parking at Whole Foods and foul-smelling yoga mats before revealing his own troubles -- that's he's dying. The film goes on to show how Moon and Denali's relationship was a give and take throughout, interspersing quite stills with videos of their mutual joy and suffering.

Moon teamed up with director Ben Knight and cinematographer Skip Armstrong to create the touching tribute, which earned accolades at the 5Point Film Festival and was an official selection at Telluride Mountainfilm.

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Credits

Date
Jun 10, 2015
Client:
Patagonia
Producer:
Ben Moon
Director, Editor, Writer:
Ben Knight
Client:
Ben Knight
Co-Writer:
Katie Klingsporn
Director of Photography:
Skip Armstrong
Second Camera:
Page Stephenson
Wet Camera:
Justin Harris
Sound Recordist:
Jim Hurst
Music Supervisor:
Ben Knight
Music Supervisor:
Chris Parker
Sound Mix:
Justin Harris
Narration:
Ben Knight
Music:
Chihei Hatakeyama
Music:
Odesza
Photography:
Ben Moon
Photography:
Lisa Hensel
Photography:
Carli Davidson
Photography:
Miranda Moon
Photography:
Vivian Moon
Photography:
Jean Redle Dawn Kish
Photography:
Lisa Skaff
Photography:
Pete Rudge
Photography:
Kristen Yurdin
Photography:
Ian Yurdin
Photography:
John Sterling

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