From the AKC Gazette: Helfgott-Turner Productions, Inc., will launch a crowd-funding campaign to finance a feature film celebrating the world of dog shows.
The movie is called “A Little Magic: The Trish and Cinnar Story” and will tell the true Cinderella story behind the 1980 Westminster Kennel Club show, where young Trish Kanzler handled her mother’s red Siberian Husky, Cinnar, to Best in Show—a singular achievement, considering it was done with no money, a 23-year-old handler, and a dog who had lost the tip of his ear in a scrap with a kennelmate. The film’s producers call Kanzler and Cinnar’s story a “real-life fairy tale.”
The Producers are launching a Kickstarter campaign because they met resistance from Hollywood. Producer Daniel Helfgott, owner of a champion Tibetan Terrier, says, “The studios don’t believe dog lovers want an inspirational family movie.” He has decided to go directly to the dog fancy for support.
The Kickstarter campaign will offer unique rewards. The one causing the most buzz is the opportunity for dogs and fanciers to be in the film. Some will have the chance to be at Westminster (at least in the movie) and even get into the ring for the Best in Show scene.
Helfgott-Turner has assembled a top-notch production team that includes Oscar and Emmy winners and nominees. Also involved is the real-life Trish Kanzler, who says, “I support this film because I believe it will encourage young people to go into the sport.” Other supporters of the project are prominent dog fanciers Wayne Ferguson, Mari-Beth O’Neill, and Jim Reynolds.
A portion of the movie’s profits will benefit Take the Lead, a foundation that provides direct services, support, and care for people in the sport of purebred dogs who suffering from life-threatening or terminal illness.
Sign up for the newsletter at ALittleMagictheMovie.com, and then support the crowd-funding campaign going live on January 25. A release from Helfgott-Turner says, “By signing up, everyone will also learn more about the movie project and how they can participate in the fun, including how they can put their dogs in the movie!”
A message from Trish Kanzler:
Kanzler and Cinnar moments after their improbable Westminster win. (photos by Ashbey/AKC Gazette collection)