They're the Reason

The healing power of human-canine connection in combatting anxiety and isolation for people of all ages, through the lens of mounting mental health crisis in teens, overcoming learning disabilities and isolation during covid.

  • Lila Rae Katz
    Director
  • Lila Rae Katz
    Writer
  • Lila Rae Katz
    Producer
  • Lucas Habte
    Producer
  • Leah Gallant
    Cinematography
    On the Divide (PBS), Death Metal Grandma (New York Times OpDocs)
  • Eric Phillips-Horst
    Cinematography
    Dark Money (PBS), Immigration Nation (Netflix)
  • Raul Santos
    Editor
    Siempre, Luis (Netflix)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Riverdale Country School
Director Biography - Lila Rae Katz

Lila is a senior in high school in NYC. She has dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia and hearing loss. She is an intern and pet therapist with Pets Together, a virtual pet therapy platform, and an intern with Make it Home, creating art and helping to furnish homes for families transitioning out of crisis and homelessness. She is the youngest of three sisters, is obsessed with her dogs, TJ & Rocky, and loves to create videos, draw, paint, write songs and dance.

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