Documentary, 135 min. | Directed by Charlie Spickler
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
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RESCUE! BROOKLYN is a documentary film about Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a small rescue shelter and adoption center in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn NY. It is a very special place and an integral animal rescue resource in the NYC area.
Sean's "community first" approach toward how he runs his shelter and how he interacts within the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and the New York City area are what make SCAR not only unique, but also the success that it is. Success is measured by impact and not dollars, and SCAR is very successful. While Sean is well known in the New York area, what he is doing should be the model for No Kill shelters all over the country. Director Charlie Spickler hopes this documentary will inspire others to take up the fight and do what Sean is doing in their own communities.
Some of the highlights of Rescue! Brooklyn:
• Sean’s capture and rescue of Prospect Park’s famously elusive “Ghost Dog,” a Cane Corso who had survived for four years in the park until he became sick. Charlie Spickler was able to get this moment on camera by following Sean for hours until he finally brought Ghost Dog in for medical care.
• The amazing story of John the dog, a stray puppy who was found in a parking lot, emaciated and who couldn’t move at all except to blink. Sean had resigned himself to the fact that John would not live through the night, but somehow he survived. His slow, steady journey of recovery became a global Facebook phenomenon, with animal lovers from all over the world donating to John’s medical expenses and drawing inspiration from his story.
RESCUE! BROOKLYN is more than just a documentary about animal rescue. It's a true Brooklyn story of compassion, community and second chances — for both the animals that are saved, and the army of dedicated volunteers who make SCAR’s mission possible.
Interview with director Charlie Spickler and Sean Casey for the 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival: