The Peabody Awards Archive’s Summer Fun Friday brown bag screening series continues in July on the theme “Dog Days.”
Screenings will be from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 268 of the Russell Special Collections Building. Bring your lunch and enjoy the fun.
Double feature: “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman” and “Martha Speaks.” (total time 1 hour)
Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman The People vs. Grandma Ruffman
Targeting six-to ten-year-olds, FETCH reinvents the reality show format, injecting it with humor and harnessing its untapped potential to engage kids in science learning and problem solving. Blending live-action footage and the make-believe world of an animated dog, the critically acclaimed FETCH has been hailed by The New York Times as ‘just what PBS needs.’ This is episode 317, “The People vs. Grandma Ruffman.” Ruff gets a surprise phone call from Grandma Ruffman from JAIL! Grandma’s accused of trying to break Ruff’s twin, Scruff Ruffman, out of prison!
“What would happen if your family dog were suddenly able to speak?
MARTHA SPEAKS is an animated PBS series designed to answer that question, while addressing a serious educational goal. Based on the classic books by Susan Meddaugh that have charmed and captivated millions of children, each episode uses Martha’s unique linguistic abilities and the hilarious consequences to engage kids and help build their oral vocabulary skills. In this episode (Nothin’ but a Pound Dog), Martha loses her collar and winds up in the animal shelter. She leads an escape attempt, only to find that freedom isn’t much without a family. When Martha’s family comes to take her home, she decides she can’t leave her shelter friends behind. Adopting that many dogs is out of the question, so Martha, Helen, and T.D. cook up a plan to find families for the pound pooches.
July 12 (room 258):
“Still Life with Animated Dogs” (30 minutes)
Written, narrated and animated by its director, Paul Fierlinger, Still Life With Animated Dogs is a playful yet deeply serious documentary about dogs the artist has owned and that have been important and meaningful in his life. This autobiographical work reflects not only on the attributes of dogs as Man’s Best Friend, but also on the nature of love, political oppression, artistic freedom and survival. Opening with the story of Spinnaker, Fierlinger drifts into memories of the many dogs he has owned. Episode Two regresses to 1950s Prague, Czechoslovakia, where we see the author, in his twenties, angry, depressed and rebellious. Out of defiance to a regime of intolerance, he names his dogs after American presidents, “just to make things a little harder,” beginning with Roosevelt, who taught him a valuable lesson in civil disobedience: “When it comes to authority, get sneaky and do everything under the table.” Fierlinger eventually sought freedom using this important lesson as a tool. Throughout his film Fierlinger artfully illustrates how, in an atmosphere of political oppression and suspicion, his relationships with multiple canines enabled him to maintain a capacity for loyalty and caring. Winner of a 2001 Peabody Award
July 19: “Through a Dog’s Eyes” – (56 minutes)
THROUGH A DOG’S EYES is a primetime PBS documentary about one of life’s most extraordinary relationships – the human-canine bond – told through the moving stories of service dogs and the people whose lives they have changed.
The program features Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, one of the country’s leading service dog organizations. Her unique teaching method combines the latest canine research with an unwavering kindness and respect for dogs. Watching Jennifer’s work, and following the life-changing journeys of the service dog recipients, provides powerful new insights into the human-canine bond and enables viewers to see their own dogs in a whole new light.
At the heart of THROUGH A DOG’S EYES are the inspiring stories of individuals with disabilities as they experience the fascinating and often challenging process of being matched with and receiving a service dog. This matching process is crucial to establishing a fruitful human-canine bond, and involves both extreme highs and sobering difficulties for both the recipients and their canine counterparts.
July 26: “Hero Dogs of 9/11” – (45 minutes)
From Animal Planet Canada, “HERO DOGS OF 9/11 – The untold stories of North America’s remarkable working dogs” for the first time reveals the unknown true stories of three survivors and the legacies of working dogs that saved these lives at Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001 crisis and aftermath.
The Walter J. Brown Media Archive & Peabody Awards Collection was started in 1995 and currently preserves over 250,000 titles in film, video, audiotape, transcription disks, and other recording formats dating from the 1920s to the present. The archives are housed in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on the northwest part of the University of Georgia campus. Our mission is to preserve, protect, and provide access to the moving image and sound materials that reflect the collective memory of broadcasting and the history of the state of Georgia and its people.