Sun Dog

Sun Dog is a short film that explores the dynamics of faith and fanaticism between an adolescent daughter and her mother as they live amidst the barren land of the dust bowl during the 1930s.

  • Israel Vasquez
    Director
  • Merci Lyons-Cox
    Key Cast
  • Julie Czarnecki
    Key Cast
  • Steve Annan
    Key Cast
  • Federico Cesca
    Cinematography
  • Danny Bracken
    Music
  • Fred M. Duer
    Art Direction
  • Kabrina Feickert
    Wardrobe
  • Israel Vasquez
    Writer, Editor, Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Israel Vasquez

Israel Vasquez participated in the 2016 Latino Screenwriting Project, the Sundance Screenwriting Intensive, and the Sundance Knight Fellowship program. He is based in Philadelphia where he lives with wife and two sons.

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Director Statement

I often look to the past in order to better understand who am I today. Part of that past concerns a grandparent who lived through the dust bowl, a childhood composed of religious habits and homeschool, and the mercurial years of adolescents. From these experiences, I create.

With Sun Dog, I see similarities between the Dust Bowl and our ever changing climate--I see people struggle to make sense of their family relationships--I see both subtle and extreme manifestations of religious faith. In Sun Dog, I sense both the personal and the universal.