Omeleto

Fred: The Town Dog

By Ava Lowrey | Documentary
When an unexpected dog wanders into a small Alabama town, the residents' lives are changed forever.

Rockford, Alabama, is a small rural town with a population of less than 500 people. There’s only one red light in town.

One day in 1993, a black and white dog strolled into town and made himself at home. He wandered the roads and made the rounds to his favorite stores, restaurant and people’s home. Even when someone tried to “rescue” him and take him home, Fred always returned to Rockford.

Despite his bedraggled appearance, Fred endeared himself to Rockford’s residents, who all chipped in to care for him in various way. Fred found a place in the community, playing with local children, helping old people cross the street and giving love to people who needed it.

Soon Fred’s story began to spread far beyond Rockford — and it was his turn to help Rockford from becoming just another ghost town in the South.

Documentarian Ava Lowrey’s short documentary is a warmhearted, loving portrait of how communities are built and maintained, and a tribute to the unique circumstances and ideas that create the heartbeats that help them thrive.

With a keen eye for detail, Lowrey’s direction captures the look, textures and feel of this small Southern town. Viewers can sense both Rockford’s economic struggle in the face of a fast-changing world, as well as the charm, warmth and caring of its residents.

The editing of the short keeps the audience moving forward while still capturing the indelible rhythm of Rockford, and each moments adds up to portray Fred’s character, personality and the effect he has on the people and town he comes to love.

“Fred: The Town Dog” — which won several awards on the documentary film festival circuit — is heartwarming slice of unique Americana that is both realistic in capturing the challenges of small towns in the country, but also unearthing just why these communities are so worth saving. Fred became the “town mascot and “Rockford’s Beloved Companion,” but also the catalyst for a town to come together. Though Fred eventually passed away, he became a symbol of Rockford’s sense of loyalty, genuine welcome and what it means to create solidarity — the best that America has to offer.





You Might Also Like:

Mordechai

By Benjamin Bee | Drama
An ultra-orthodox Jew hasn't seen his identical twin brother in years. But today is the day of their father's funeral.

Retouch

By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
Her husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Stealing Silver ft. Maisie Williams

By Mark Lobatto | Drama
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.

Joseph’s Reel

By Michael Lavers | Romance
An elderly man, upon dying, is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.

Cradle

By Devon Manney | Animation
Returning to the U.S. after losing both arms, a veteran battles phantom pains, prosthetics and memories of his pre-war life.

Hold On

By Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Drama
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.

Don’t Be a Hero

By Pete Lee | Drama
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.

Our Kind of Love

By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati | Romance
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.

Lost and Found

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Edmund the Magnificent ft. David Bradley & Ian McKellen

By Ben Ockrent | Comedy
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invests his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.

Reception

By Joe Gillette | Romance
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
A man in a time loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire.

Garfield

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Partners

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Balance

By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.


Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening. That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.