60 Seasons

 

60 Seasons is a reflection on the passage of time and how we mark and record it wrapped around the celebration of the life of a dog. Breaking with conventional documentary style, Dale Schierholt's film expands on the experiential aspect of the film portraits he is best known for.


A tone poem to the filmmaker’s friend and companion of fifteen years, Schierholt’s film travels through their seasons together. Along this journey, much of it told without dialogue, viewers will be inspired to recall dogs of their own and the memories that accompany them.


For anyone that has shared part of life’s journey with a dog, 60 Seasons is a deeply personal film that will resonate in a truly universal way.

“This past year, I was faced with the loss of my dog. After she was gone, I retreated into my studio where I began going through fifteen years of old video tape, much of it I hadn't looked at since it was shot.


Over the next couple weeks, as part of my own grieving process, I began organizing and digitizing the footage and, in doing so, I realized that with several camcorders and iPhones I had captured much of her life - from the day we picked her up at the kennel up to our last afternoon in the park.


Also, over those following weeks, in conversations with others, I began to recognize the universality of our connections with dogs and the roles they play in our lives. This film emerged out of the process of wading through fifteen years of recorded memories and reflecting on the passage of time and the role my own dog played in my life”.

             

                                                                –Dale Schierholt