(92 min) US
[watch trailer]

Wednesday 10/22, 3:50 PM (Session 17)
UNAFF in Schools Program (FREE ADMISSION for student and teachers)

Director/Producer: Freida Mock


G-DOG is a story about second chances - about a charismatic visionary Greg Boyle - Jesuit priest and unlikely gang expert - who launched the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the US, now a global model. The film tells an often hilarious story of how Father Greg, called G-Dog by his homies, believing that ‘Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job,’ transformed the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian and African American former gang members . His Homeboy Industries in LA has a seventy percent success rate in rescuing kids from gang life by providing tattoo removal, job training, yoga, fatherhood and substance abuse classes, all for free. Most importantly, it provides kinship, home and family.


Freida Mock is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, a director, writer and producer of feature length and short form theatrical documentary films. These include the Academy Award-winner Maya Lin: A Strong Vision about the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  Mock’s other Academy Award-nominated films include: Rose Kennedy, a Life to Remember; SING! about one of the best children’s chorus in the US; Never Give UP, about the holocaust survivor and conductor Dr. Herbert Zipper; and To Live or Let Die, a story about medical ethics. Mock’s newest film ANITA – Speaking Truth to Power, about the life and times of Anita Hill, was released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. ANITA was selected by the US State Department for the 2014 American Film Showcase diplomacy initiative to be shown in US embassies around the world. Mock’s recent film G–DOG was also selected for the US State Department’s 2013 American Film Showcase. Mock’s films focus on stories about art, history, politics and creativity and her recent ones are: Return With Honor, the story of American fighter pilots surviving as POWs in Hanoi, a presentation of Tom Hanks and Playtone and Lt. Watada, short-listed for the Oscars, about the first military officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq and to speak out about the illegality of the war. Mock was the first governor elected to the new Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served as chair.  She is presently co-chair of the DGA Documentary Awards selection committee. 

Contact Information:

Sanders & Mock Productions
e: am.film@verizon.net
w: www.gdogthemovie.com


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