Stray Dog

Stray Dog

  • BY Debra Granik | IN Poverty
    Premiered November 9, 2015

About the Film

From Debra Granik, director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone, comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding, freedom-loving, Vietnam veteran cast in the mold of an outlaw biker. But there’s much more to burly, bearded Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye. Below the surface, Stray Dog is forever wrestling with the brutal legacy of the Vietnam War — a constant struggle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness. MORE

The film, shot with humility and grace, follows Stray Dog as he caravans on his Harley with fellow vets to pay tribute to their fallen brothers at the Vietnam Memorial. Meanwhile, back home in southern Missouri where he owns and operates an RV Park populated by a community on the margins, he forges a new life of domesticity with his Mexican wife Alicia.

Whether on the motorcycle trek or back home, Alicia goes along for the ride, navigating her own path through an unfamiliar world. As Stray Dog battles his demons and faces the pressure of running a business, the arrival of Alicia’s twin teenagers from Mexico further complicate matters. Stray Dog teaches the boys to be patient as they adjust to the quiet isolation of the hardscrabble Midwest, not to mention the meaning of certain American slang words their mother wouldn't appreciate.

As Stray Dog strives to be the man he wants to be for his family and community, he continues to tally the cost of war, bearing witness to the soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan — both the dead and the living.

The Filmmaker

Debra Granik, Director/Producer
Debra Granik started working in film and video in the Boston grassroots media movement in the late '80’s. She studied politics at Brandeis University and her first forays into operating a camera and collaborating on political documentation were with Boston-based media groups such as the Women’s Video Collective. While in Boston she had the good fortune to be able to take classes at Mass. College of Art, Studio for Interrelated Media, which exposed her to a great variety of film work and traditions. Granik shot and produced educational programs related to workplace health and safety issues for local trade unions and for the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety. She moved to NYC to attend New York University’s graduate film program, seeking a way to interrelate her interest in real-life experience and story structure, which she found in the film tradition of neo-realism, through a mentor at NYU.

At NYU, she made several short films, one of which, Snake Feed, garnered an award at Sundance, which led to involvement in the Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Labs. She expanded the story from Snake Feed into a longer script which formed the basis for the feature Down to the Bone, created with her producing partner, Anne Rosellini. Down to the Bone was awarded Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Her next film, Winter's Bone, was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik and co-writer Rosellini were Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. LESS

Film Credits

Debra Granik

Anne Rosellini
Victoria Stewart

Executive Producer
Jonathan Scheuer

Eric Phillips-Horst

Victoria Stewart

Additional Camera
David Fleming
Ryan Piotrowski
Al Pierce
Jeremy Borg
Bryan Manning

Sound Recording
Derek Haff
David Fleming

Mexico Crew
Deborah Bonello
Alba Mora Roca

Additional Camera
Pablo Diez Casajuana

Jesus Alcazar

Consulting Editors
Affonso Gonçalves
Enat Sidi

Story Consultant
Boris Frumin

Post-Production Assistants
Andres Vergara
Becky Laks
John-Carlo Monti

Spanish Translation
Anna Rimoch
Andres Vergara

Becky Laks
Stephanie McCarthy

Editing Facility
The Edit Center

Additional Editing by
Jeanne Applegate
EG Bailey
Ondrea Barbe
Hilary Birmingham
Kristin Bye
Leah Byrne
Nina Chernik
Rob Donaghy
Paula Eiselt
Amelia Golden
Marco Gozzo
Amy Grossman
Josh Harron
Mateo Jimenez-Latorre
Julie Kahn
Akira Kamitaki
Belle Keynes
Cherine Khoury
Jennifer Lee
John-Carlo Monti
Doug Nechodom
Shane O'Neill
Sally Rowe
Iturri Sosa
Andres Vergara
Federico Visalberghi
Paul Wepprecht

Ron “Stray Dog” Hall
Alicia Soriano Hall
Felipe Angel Padilla Soriano
Felipe de Jesús Padilla Soriano
Cristy Thomas
Robin Smith
Cynthia Smith
Theodore Smith
Evelyn Hall Maylath
Al Maylath
Alec Ponder
Annie Washington
April Boggs
Bob Bronson
Bob Womack
Bobby Pittinger
Debra Beattie
Don Fosse
Freddie Strickland
Jim Jackson
Joey Holiday
John Williams
Leroy Bishop
Milo Garcia
Norman "Geezer" Beattie
Ron "Turtle" Ponder

The dogs of At Ease:
Dixie, TJ, Jack, Gizmo, and Andi

Original Music Recording
Studio 2100

Music Supervisor
Marideth Sisco

Music Producer
David Wilson

Music Consultant
Steve Peters

Recording Engineer
Jeff Smith

Blackberry Winter Band
Bo Brown
Dennis Crider
Linda Stoffel
Marideth Sisco
Tedi May
Van Colbert

Session Musicians
Beau Buffington
Jesse Wilson

Audio Post Facility
Splash Studios

Supervising Sound Editor
Peter Levin

Dialogue Editor
Barbara Parks

Sound Effects Editor
Will Hsieh

Re-Recording Mixer
Peter Levin

Post-Production Services by
Technicolor Postworks NYC

Executive Producer
Barbara Jean Kearney

Project Managers
Jeff Huston
Andrew Mckay

Sam Daley

Pat Kelleher
Tif Luckenbill

Accounting Services
Lutz & Carr

Production Insurance
Reiff & Associates

Production Legal & Distribution Services
Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP

"Another Homeless Soldier"
Written and Performed by Joey Holiday
Courtesy of Truck It Records

"Black Land Dust"
Written and Performed by Donald R. Killion
Music by Black Land Dust
Courtesy of Donald R. Killion

"Country Boogie" and "Country Paradise"
Written and Performed by David Wilson
Courtesy of Perfect Hand Music, BMI

"Indita Mia"
Written by Carlos Periguez
Courtesy of APM Music

"Little Girl" & “Guardian Angel”
Written and Performed by Bobby Pittinger

"Military Taps in B Flat"
Arranged by Robert J. Walsh
(BMI)/James Ekblom Moore (BMI)
Published by Chicago Digital Music (BMI)
Music courtesy of Chicago Music Library, LLC.

"Soldier Boy"
Lyrics by Marideth Sisco
Performed by Van Colbert and Blackberry Winter

"Star Spangled Banner"
Performed by Jamie Hitt

Written and Composed by Margaret Teresa Trull
Performed by Blackberry Winter

Special Thanks
Myndi Blizzard
Erin Bolte
Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective
Freedom of the Road Riders - Local 15
Rebekah Gould
Alvin Hall Jr.
James Hall
Patricia Hall
Ronnie Hall Jr.
Mary Ellen Hinson
Don Killion
Lee Killion
The Meerkat Media Collective
The Patriot Guard Riders
The Vet Center Program

EVERYONE at the family reunion

Stray Dog is a co-production of Life at Ease, LLC and Still Rolling Productions.

This program was produced by Life at Ease, LLC which is the sole owner of program, and which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2014 Life At Ease, LLC All Rights Reserved

Do veterans get the proper support in the USA? Does Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall defy your expectations for a Vietnam vet, let alone one who rides a motorcycle?


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    Best Documentary
  • Atlanta Film Festival
    2015 Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature
  • Twin Cities Film Festival
    Best Documentary
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Do veterans get the proper support in the USA? Does Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall defy your expectations for a Vietnam vet, let alone one who rides a motorcycle?