Interview with Oregon Filmmaker: Senior Dogs!


Kacey Klonsky, Oregon filmmaker

Is the Bow Wow Film Festival coming to your city? It appears there are only a few cities left on the list this year. This year’s festival benefited The Oregon Humane Society (OHS) where I adopted Sherman so anytime I can support a fundraiser for OHS I try and attend. This year’s festival featured a local filmmaker, Kacey Klonsky, and I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing her for a podcast. I included the audio below.  Kacey’s short documentary, Love Unleashed (14 min.),explores the deep emotional connection between humans and their older dogs.

You had me at senior dogs. The film is an extension of a project her mother, photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky, has been working on called Project Unconditional — a series of photos, stories and videos celebrating the relationships between dogs in the twilight of their life and the people who love them.

The interviews are with folks just like all of us. While the narratives with the families featured may vary – they all pour their hearts into their relationships with their dogs. Grab kleenex – it’s a tear jerker.

Love Unleashed recently won best documentary at the first annual Oregon Short Film Festival. The other films in the festival range from hilarious animations to back country skiing with dogs wearing Go Pro Cameras!

I interviewed Kacey Klonsky for a podcast and wanted to share the interview segments rather than posting the transcribed Q&A: 

Part one: What inspired her!

Part two: Where to find her film moving forward

Ok – not a Wordless Wednesday but wanted to share broadly in case the festival is coming to where you live!




There are 22 Comments

  1. I am so impressed with your interview and audio, etc.! Seriously, I think I am a long way off from being able to pull this off. Great job!

  2. Sonja says:

    wow GREAT job! and what a wonderful project. and aw… senior dogs. *squeeee*

  3. This is so, so, sooooo amazing! Senior dogs make me tear up and it’s my very big wish to adopt one! I just need life to settle down a bit and then I’d really love to do it! They are so very special. <3 Thank you for letting us know about this documentary and about the lovely interview!

  4. Kari says:

    Senior dogs rule!

  5. Great job and what a fantastic project!

  6. Danielle Lindblom says:

    Very cool! Would have liked seeing some text from the interview like a memorable quote. Thanks for sharing! Senior dogs are awesome 🙂

  7. That was one of my favorite shorts at the festival! Made me a little teary. Thanks again for the invite.

  8. Right now, I have four dogs, so I’m not adopting anytime soon. But the next dog will be a senior dog too! I recommend senior dogs to many people because they are so calm and love to nap! People love puppies, but they are not always willing to deal with puppy training classes, crazy high energy, long walks, .. <3

    • Thank you so much! Yea – that’s how I feel about my three. 🙂 They’re so low maintenance right? I love living with our two seniors – they’re SO SWEET!

  9. Maggie says:

    SUCH a great job on this ! It turned out wonderfully! And I loved learning about this… a senior dog has my heart, and I just love this project. So touching.

  10. Elaine says:

    I love what you’ve done with the topic and audio files! That’s such a unique way to spread the word about the film festival. Gotta love our senior dogs! ?