The Mountain Dogs
The Mountain Dogs is a documentary short that follows Sampson and Baylor, two elderly golden retrievers, on their daily climb to the top of the Pinnacle Trail in Stowe, Vermont. The pair have made the climb every day for the past decade, and do so unaccompanied by their owners. The film explores themes of human/animal relationships, non-human agency, and mortality.
Director: Aynsley Floyd
Writer: Aynsley Floyd
Year of Release: 2020
Running Time: 15:19
New England Connection: The filmmaker was raised in Concord, Massachusetts, attended Boston University, and has lived in Brookline for the past decade. She now attends Emerson College in Boston.
Sampson and Baylor (aka The Mountain Dogs) were raised in Stowe, Vermont, and reside there, climbing the Pinnacle Trail, to this day.
The Mountain Dogs was was shot entirely in Stowe, Vermont, aside from the interview with Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, who lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Director(s) Bio:: Aynsley Floyd enjoyed a career as a still photographer for over twenty years. With a BA in photojournalism from Boston University, she lived and worked in London, New York, Chicago, and Amman, Jordan. Aynsley’s clients have included the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, General Motors, Apple, Inc., and Liberty Mutual, among others. In 2019 she turned her attention to her interest in documentary filmmaking, and is currently earning a Masters degree in Film and Media Art at Emerson College in Boston.
Number of shooting days: 7
Camera Used: Canon C100, Canon 5D, GoPro, iPhone, DJI Spark drone
Editing software: Adobe Premier
Financed by: Self-financed
For more information: @the_mountain_dogs_movie