|Dakota Director Martin Bentsen|
Driving home late one night, with thoughts of Jenna once again on his mind, he suddenly glimpses a fierce fight between two coyotes and a Siberian husky. Slamming his breaks and honking his horn, the coyotes dart away as the light of his headlights break the night’s cover while the husky, whose legs are wobbling and bloody, collapses in front of Kurt. Pitying the animal, Kurt brings it home and feeds it, telling the dog how lucky it is to still be alive. Wondering how the dog ended up on that dark road fighting for its life, Kurt rhetorically asks the dog his name.
"My name is Dakota." And that's when Kurt begins his journey from darkness, down a road that can lead to redemption, if he is willing to travel it.
|The real "Dakota," namesake of the movie.|
Dedicated to the Sibe He Loved
Martin continues, “Throughout my childhood, from fifth grade through high school, she was my best friend. I would walk her, talk to her, play games with her, and just be with her. Knowing Dakota was nearby meant I always had a friend. She never once argued with me or said anything bad to me or about me. Other than my parents and sister, she was the only friend who was there with me as I grew up. While friends came and went as we moved, I knew Dakota would always be there for me.”
This film is about a mutual rescue. Martin elaborates, “Before his life fell apart and he quit the ski patrol rescue job, Kurt always used to rescue people. And now Kurt needs to be rescued himself. When Kurt stumbles across Dakota in the middle of the night on the side of the road, he rescues Dakota from some coyote attackers. But throughout the film, Dakota rescues Kurt from his depression”
Lights! Camera! Action!
Filming will be done all over New York, with the snow and skiing scenes shot in the Upstate areas, with the main shooting being done in January of 2013. The cast, so far, consists of Andrew Roth as the main human lead “Kurt Lawson;” Kevin Gage as “Mark Chadwick” (Diner Manager); Michael Santi as “Jonathan Black;” Casey Leigh as “Jenna Herbert;” Crawford Collins as “Fran Woodward;” Jay Amari a “Bob Herbert;” and Raymond Garland is the avoice behind “Dakota.”
|Movie promo still of actor Roth with a canine model.|
Supporting Siberian Husky Rescues
|FurAngel Dakota practicing her red carpet walk!|
*A Call-Out to Trained Rescue Huskies! *
Martin hopes his message comes through in his love for this movie. “Again, the message I hope to deliver from this film is not just related to Siberian Huskies specifically, but to all dogs. Dogs are the animals who will run to get you help when you're in need. They are the animals who'll come up to you and lean against you when you're feeling down. They are the animals that will jump up and lick you the moment you get home, as if they haven't seen you in years. And they are the animals who will always be there for us no matter what. I hope this movie shows to people across the country just how important their dogs are.”
PS - Martin, our Harley is ready for her close up!