Dog Moms

When Marissa, Blair, and Sam decide that their frenemy Brittany's pot addiction has gotten out of control, they decide to confront her with an intervention at the dog park. But while their diva pettiness and constant wine-throwing fights leave them perpetually distracted, their fur babies Cupcake, Tammy, Bruce, and Spot have a revelation of their own-- leading them to question their world view and their abusive relationships with their moms.

Dog Moms is a Real Housewives parody, meets female-driven stoner comedy, meets a political revolution by 5 adorable talking dogs! This unique blending of genres and subject matters gives this series many layers-- ranging from deep philosophical questions to absurd silliness. It's a p'awesome tail about changing your mind and true friendship!

  • Alyssa Poteet
    Director
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Alyssa Poteet
    Writer
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Olivia Hill
    Writer
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Alyssa Poteet
    Producer
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Olivia Hill
    Producer
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Sandy Danto
    Key Cast
    "Spot"
    Tar, Alone Together, Fat Guy Nation, Funny Fat Guy, MADtv
  • Marissa Madsen
    Key Cast
    "Cupcake"
    20s vs 30s, Thirtynothing, The Young and Restless, Animal Agents
  • Emily Browning
    Key Cast
    "Marissa "
    Saucy Show
  • Olivia Hill
    Key Cast
    "Blair"
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Alyssa Poteet
    Key Cast
    "Sam"
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Rachel Bandler
    Key Cast
    "Brittany "
    Jewel-Osco
  • Kelly Ryan
    Key Cast
    "Tammy"
    PFP
  • John Yabes
    Key Cast
    "Bruce"
    Try Harder Sometimes
  • Marty Wurst
    Key Cast
    "The Stray"
    He Said Goo Said
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    48 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • The IndieFEST Film Awards
    La Jolla
    United States
    February 11, 2022
  • Hollywood BLVD Film Festival
    Hollywood
    United States
    February 7, 2022
Director Biography - Alyssa Poteet

Alyssa Poteet grew up near Chicago and moved to Los Angeles at 18 after receiving a scholarship to USC. There she discovered her love for comedy and comedic story telling when she started doing standup, improv, and sketch comedy. She made her directorial debut at 22 with the web series "Dog Moms"-- which she also wrote, starred in, and produced. Alyssa is now working on a new original show: a hidden-camera political satire she created called "Feet on the Street".

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Director Statement

I set out to make “Dog Moms” because, as a first time filmmaker, I wanted to take on a challenge that would prove I'm capable of executing an engaging long-form story that makes people laugh throughout (and what a better challenge than shooting a 50 minute crowdfunded project with 5 untrained dogs!).

I ended up writing this story specifically because there were a few key themes I wanted to include:
- I grew up being a huge fan of classic stoner comedies like “Harold and Kumar”, “Dude Where’s My Car?”, and anything by Kevin Smith. But as much as I loved these movies, I was always disappointed that I never saw any stoner comedies starring women being made.
-At the time I wrote this script, we were in the polarized political hell-scape that was Trump's presidency. I felt like everywhere I looked, people were doubling down on their views every time they were confronted with something that challenged them. I personally have always felt that changing your mind is a good thing, so I wanted to tell a story about changing your mind, even if it means challenging your entire world view.
-Shortly before writing "Dog Moms", I was kicked out of my college sorority via a cruel public display of humiliation. The reasons they gave included "not being lady-like" and "not being desirable to the frats". At the time, I was devastated because I was genuinely looking forward to being apart of the sisterhood they advertised--being accepted for who I am, quirks, flaws and all. I may have been naive at the time, but I was truly astonished to learn that in this new era of women empowerment, there were still these examples of women tearing each other down for superficial reasons. I figured what better way to explore the dark side of inter female relationships than with a Real Housewives parody!
-Lastly (but most importantly), my best friend Tammy confided in me that she had big dreams of making it onto the big screen someday. I knew she might have a hard time breaking into the industry considering she's a 7 year old Chihuahua mix, so I took it upon myself to write her the part of a lifetime!

All in all, “Dog Moms” is a p’awesome tail about changing your mind and true friendship—packaged as a Real Housewives parody, meets female-driven stoner comedy, meets a political revolution by 5 adorable talking dogs. I hope you enjoy it!