Picking Yourself Up And Moving On In “Dog Park” Film by Jade Jenise Dixon
If you have ever met the wrong person, you will love the new film by Writer and Director Jade Jenise Dixon. Starring the director herself alongside costar, Tennyson Shanahan, the film "Dog Park" is all about the aftermath of a broken relationship and picking yourself and moving on, which Dixon has experienced first hand.
What makes Dixon such a unique filmmaker is that she makes movies that she wants to exist while still competing in a market of big budget films. With this in mind, she "strived to hire a team that understood what it would take to get it done." Dixon said each film is a learning experience. "I've also learned that if you treat your crew well, feed them well, don't go overtime often, all will go smoothly. And it did."
This film is not her first time up to the directorial plate. Her first film "Truth Hall” achieved significant success, including several film festival awards and airing in heavy rotation in three major TV networks including, B.E.T., Centric, and Bounce TV. However, following the success of her first film, Dixon resolved to pursue a much simpler life after she was left spinning her wheels following her first film, but her passion and love of filmmaking and directing never left.
When her engagement fell apart, she used it for inspiration. "I wasn't sure if I wanted to get into the ring again. The odds of a female filmmaker making a second feature film aren't good." However, the fear didn't hold her back and Dixon returned to her career. She realized throughout her relationship, her creative side was suppressed and she wasn't leading kind of life she wanted to live. "I found that I was mostly just waiting for another person to get home, which isn't my personality."
You also cannot talk about Dixon's film without mentioning the furry friends involved as well. When asked about the dogs on set, Dixon admitted that wrangling the dogs at the dog park was the biggest challenge. "....When we needed the dogs to chill for a bit, many of them looked at us like, 'What do you mean? This is a Dog Park!' But in the end, the dogs brought us an abundance of laughter and joy. Working with them was a lot of fun!"
Dixon is also the proud mama of the starring pup in the movie, Maxx the Bulldog. He was a hit amongst the cast and crew. Just as Dixon says, "And it is true, dogs are man's best friend. He's mine."
If you are lucky enough to live in the LA area, purchasetickets to the premier at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival on September 29th. Add this to your watch list on IMDB to make sure you know when it's available near you.