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L.A. Film Fest Interview: 'Four Dogs' Team Talks Comedy, Drama, Honesty & Friendship

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 28, 2013 4:48 PM
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One of our favorite films from L.A. Film Fest last week was the lo-fi dramedy “Four Dogs,” about two unlikely friends making it through the Hollywood doldrums. Our review called it, "unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of this little pocket of humanity, it finds both the pathos and humor in the moments of real life that are truly funny and truly sad." We had a chance to catch up with the film’s writer/director Joe Burke, actor/writer Oliver Cooper, and actor Dan Bakkedahl to talk about reality vs. fiction, the most important element in comedy (and drama) and what it’s like to play yourself onscreen. Here are a few highlights from our conversation.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Four Dogs' Is A Refreshingly Real & Funny Take on Hollywood & Friendship

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 19, 2013 7:02 PM
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The debut directorial feature from Joe Burke, “Four Dogs,” could be aptly subtitled, “Down and Out in Hollywood,” as it centers Oliver (Oliver Cooper), on a struggling actor, and his acting class buddy, Dan (Dan Bakkedahl). But in actuality, the Hollywood struggle story is really only a surface conceit; the film is really about the love and support one can find in the unlikeliest of people and relationships. Largely improvised, and willfully blurring reality and fiction, “Four Dogs” straddles the line between drama and comedy, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of this little pocket of humanity; finding both the pathos and humor in the moments of real life that are truly funny and truly sad.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From L.A. Film Fest Comedy 'Four Dogs'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 12, 2013 12:49 PM
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We have another L.A. Film Fest exclusive this week, in advance of the festival's kick off on Thursday with Pedro Almodovar's "I'm So Excited." We've already seen a teaser from the doc "Levitated Mass" and a clip from the drama "Winter In The Blood," and today we've got a fierce and funny firefight against... dogs? Don't worry, it's only an imagined one and it comes from the mind of young Oliver, a struggling actor practicing a monologue against the background soundtrack of his dog-sitting charges, from the narrative competition entry "Four Dogs."

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