An Act of Dog

A film by Bonnie Silva and Russ Barry

An Act of Dog A Project of Filmmakers Collaborative

About this film:

PRODUCER: Bonnie Silva

Ask anyone on the street if the word shelter is synonymous with death and they'll give you a look that says "huh?" But it's that same paradox that compelled an unlikely couple to give up everything for a chance to unleash art's power on an industry gone mad.

An Act of Dog is a love story that explores using art for social change. In this tender, painful baring of the truth, newly naturalized citizen Marina Dervan opens the back door to a world where companion animals are methodically killed by the millions. Marina's partner, artist Mark Barone, finally agrees to look at the evidence, then commits to painting the number of dogs destroyed daily in shelters around the country – all 5,500 of them.

As the filmmakers document Mark's struggle to create a poignant yet motivating memorial, we're poised to learn our shelter system's secrets, and we're privy to those moments when Mark feels like he can't paint one more face.

Told through the eyes of Marina and lovingly nudged on to the last remaining portrait, the story aches for redemption, and hints at ways to repurpose visitors' pools of tears. While the artwork reminds its beholders that change begins with a willingness to look – Mark and Marina eagerly take the next steps, and invite a compassionate global public to take the long, hard, exhilarating journey with them.




Supported by 33 Donations:

  • Sharon L.
    I Gave $100
    Your trailer resonates deeply. I am so sad over the callousness and brutality that is cloaked under the word "shelter". Bravo for raising awareness!
  • Sandy C.
    I Gave $200
    This needs to happen!! following since the early headlines!
  • John R.
    I Gave $25
  • Karen  G.
    I Gave $25
    Awesome work ❤
  • Kristin  B.
    I Gave $25
    This story must be told!
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  • Jill C.
    I Gave $100
    I do not know Mark but have followed him on FB & have purchased a print.....and hope to purchase more :) What a selfless man & great cause!
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $75
    I so hope this project will engage more people to do something to improve this horrible situation. Thank you Mark for your commitment.
  • Mina Y.
    Mark is an incredible person- I hope this will help people see, and want to repair, our nation's broken shelter system.
  • Lisa W.
    In memory of Rosie and Minnie, who should have had second chances.
  • Jenn C.
    I Gave $500
    Thank you for your dedication to educating the public about the tragic loss of life taking place in shelters each day.
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $100
    To ensure that NO healthy &/or treatable dogs will ever be killed -- this unsound mindset MUST be reversed -- THANK YOU.
  • Christine T.
    I Gave $100
  • Jenny C.
    I Gave $50
    Can't wait to see this important film. It will make a vital impact!
  • Megan D.
    I Gave $25
    The world will view the American shelter system differently after seeing this film.
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    I Gave $200
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    Anonymous
    This cause breaks my heart
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $50
    I'm happy to support this wonderful project. Thank you for the awareness you are creating with your art.
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    Anonymous
    Cant wait to see it on air!
  • Tunde A.
    I Gave $500
    I have followed you Mark and Marina,through the years as you dedicated your lives to tell the story, through art, of the lost and forgotten souls.
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  • Erica J.
    I Gave $25
  • Arfriend J.
    I Gave $100
  • Christine L.
    I Gave $25
    Thank you fir being their voice and honoring their memory
  • Nicole  Y.
    Thanks for the beautiful work you're highlighting!
  • Al  M.
    I Gave $100
  • Lynette E.
    I Gave $25
    I believe in what you're doing. This story needs to be told--thanks for the opportunity to help that happen!
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $3,775
    Please confirm with Bonnie that this donation has been processed for the executive producer of the documentary.