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Dog Days


After losing his job in 2009, Coite Manuel sets off to build his dream business with the help of two unlikely women: Deane, his harp-playing aunt, and Siyone, an East African hotdog vendor and single mother of four. Staking his meager life savings on a vision to revive Washington, D.C.'s dwindling hotdog vending community, Coite faces bewildering challenges, from hostile city regulations to an entrenched local monopoly to the sudden popularity of food trucks. Even though success doesn't come easily, the characters fight to maintain hope in the face of adversity. A captivating portrait of American entrepreneurship, Dog Days explores themes of immigration, vocation, and the power of perseverance. Official Film Website

“[Dog Days is] a smart, measured, and informative look at a difficult profession that's made no easier thanks to long-stalled regulatory reform.” —Baylen Linnekin, Reason.com


Documentary feature
Laura Waters Hinson
Kasey Kirby
John Priddy
Ed Priddy
Kasey Kirby
Laura Waters Hinson
Kasey Kirby
Joachim Horsely

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  • 3.29.16On Tuesday, March 29th, Dog Days will have its nationwide television premiere on the PBS series America Reframed at 8 p.m. Find more information and check local listings here.
  • 4.9.15On Thursday, April 9th, Dog Days screens at the Northbridge Piazza in Perth, Australia. For more information on this event click here.
  • 3.4.15On Wednesday, March 3rd, Dog Days screens at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. For more information on this event, and to register click here.
  • 2.17.15Dog Days is now available on multiple on-demand platforms. For more information click here.
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