Alex City native directs upcoming documentary | Arts & Culture
Alexander City native and NYU student Ava Lowery is the director of an upcoming documentary film about Rockford, Alabama's Fred the town dog.
FRED: The Town Dog is a film about a struggling small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole. Fred: The Town Dog was filmed in November of 2012 and is currently in post-production.
FRED: The Town Dog is Ava's thesis film and when it's completed, it will be released to various film festivals and submitted to PBS.
You can view the trailer and learn more about the documentary here.
About the Film:
Rockford is a small town of only 400 residents located in Coosa County, Alabama, where it is the county seat. A small and rural area, everyone here knows everyone, and everyone knows everyone else’s business. With a county newspaper that is only published once a week, a local law enforcement of only 2 officers, and a downtown area that consists of only one block, Rockford is in many ways a time capsule. This quintessential southern town has suffered in recent years; many of the town’s shops have been forced to close, and meanwhile many of the town’s inhabitants have moved away in search of job opportunities.
Yet many characters still live in the town, artists and blue-collar workers alike, and in 1993 when a dirty and disheveled dog named wandered into town, it was these people who took him in and nursed him back to health, naming him “Fred” – the town dog. Fred was a beloved member of the community for many years before passing away on December 23, 2002, but not before befriending many of the townspeople. Fred will be a film about this small town and its adoption of a new friend, exploring his relationships and the effect he had on both individuals and the community as a whole.
Through Fred and the time he shared with the people of Rockford, Alabama, we will gain insight into the individuals who cared for him while exploring the town’s narrative – specifically the narrative of an increasingly deserted area on the verge of becoming another southern ghost town. A large theme of this film will be the desire for companionship, which Fred met, and the fear of abandonment and loneliness. We will explore exactly what Fred meant to the individuals who cared for him and why they were so willing to care for a dog that showed up as nothing more than a dirty mutt.
About the Director:
Director and Producer Ava Lowrey is a current senior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts studying documentary production. Since 2005, at age 15, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage.com, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, and more. At NYU, Ava continues to pursue documentary production, and recently completed several short documentaries.
Most recently, she completed an internship with ABC News’ long-form documentary department, where she worked on a new medical documentary series for the network. In addition, she continues to pursue editing both documentary and narrative films, having just finished editing a short documentary about a family’s marina and shrimping business in Louisiana following the BP oil crisis. As a native of Alexander City, Alabama, only 30 minutes from Rockford, Alabama, this project is very personal to Ava and she is excited to share part of her southern roots with audiences. You can view her past work at AvaLowrey.com.
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