Pick of the Litter

Documentary Rated: NR 81 min
Saturday, December 22
Sunday, December 23

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Pick of the Litter, a perfect Christmas season documentary, follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human masters. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

Pick of the Litter makes for unexpectedly suspenseful….viewing. Watch as five puppies — Patriot! Phil! Poppet! Potomac! Primrose! — compete from birth to be the best of the best…. But bans on talking in movie theaters should be briefly lifted for anyone who can’t resist shouting “Go, Poppet!” on test days. Which should be almost everyone.” — Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
“A complete delight, a much-needed balm for the soul.” — Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times
Pick of the Litter is much more than a puppy parade, educating viewers about what it takes, practically and psychologically, to train a service animal. The wet noses and wagging tails are just a perk.” — Marissa Martinelli, Slate
directed by
Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
written by
Dana Nachman
production company
Sundance Selects