“G-DOG,” a documentary film about Father Greg Boyle, will screen at Laemmle Theaters in Claremont, Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Encino beginning April 25. The film, written and directed by Oscar winner Freida Mock, is a profile of Father Boyle, a Jesuit priest and unlikely gang expert who rescues tough street kids through the largest, most successful gang intervention program in the United States: Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles. It is a powerful story about second chances.
With a motto of “Jobs not Jails,” Father Boyle built this successful non-profit institution from scratch. Though it faces enormous financial challenges each month, Homeboy Industries and its thriving Homegirl Café offer not only a refuge but a life-changing environment that puts young people on a new path in life. And it has become a global model for turning kids away from gang life and toward a future of hope. Father Boyle’s book “Tattoos on the Heart” is a New York Times Bestseller and PEN USA Winner for Best Creative Nonfiction.
“G-DOG” was voted one of the Audience Favorites in the People’s Choice Awards at its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs International Festival, the Aspen Film Festival and the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. The film had its U.S. premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. “G-DOG” was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of 25 films for its American Film Showcase this year to tour U.S. Embassies around the world for cultural diplomacy.
“G-DOG” will screen at the following Los Angeles-area locations on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m.: Laemmle Claremont, Laemmle Monica, Laemmle NoHo, Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena and Laemmle Town Center in Encino. “G-DOG” will also be opening at two additional Southern California locations in Palm Desert and San Diego.
Every screening begins with a three-minute short film from GE FOCUS FORWARD and is followed by a pre-taped Q&A with Mock. Father Boyle will participate in a Q&A following the 7:30 p.m. premiere screening on Thursday, April 25, at Laemmle Santa Monica.
UPDATE: “G-DOG” will continue with screenings at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, in the Los Angeles area at Laemmle Claremont and Laemmle Monica and in Pasadena at Laemmle Playhouse. Filmmaker Freida Mock and/or film subjects will participate in a Q&A following every screening.