October 12, 2001
Dog Run tells the story of two teenagers who run away to New York City's East Village and become squatters in a building. Their days and nights are filled with sex and drugs as they struggle to survive. The teens' friendship is tested as one of the two attempts to improve his life.
The film was shot in buildings where squatters actually reside, and the cast intermingled with the homeless living there as their scenes were shot. Hand-held cameras and natural lighting was used to keep the scenes looking "real."
The box office potential for this film is weak. The cast does not have an actor that would draw in any business. The subject matter - homeless teens strung out on drugs - is not one that is likely to attract a crowd beyond hard-core indie film fans. Movies in this vein depend on critical acclaim and buzz to do decent business. For instance, Larry Clark's film of New York teens on the streets, Kids, made $7.4 million, behind reviews that were either glowing or damning and articles that described the film as ground-breaking and controversial. Clark's 2001 release, Bully, has only earned $511,000 in limited release this past summer, failing to garner the buzz Kids did. However, the controversial film L.I.E. has generated more buzz and made more money -- $905,000 in limited release so far this year.
If Dog Run is released beyond New York, watch the press it generates. If it manages to get written about - regardless of whether the press is good or bad - its box office numbers will probably be in the range of L.I.E. However, if it does not generate press, its box office numbers will more than likely be very, very small. (Calvin Trager/BOP)