Late last week, the Voice for Lil Olive production team ventured to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, long known as an epicenter of puppy-mill activity. The main attraction was A Day of Hope and Help for the Mill Dogs, a five-hour event organized by Adopt A Pet Inc. But the filmmakers packed a lot into two full days on location.
Producer Kirsten Akens says they shot footage in the Pennsylvania countryside, met dozens of lovable dogs, and connected with various animal-welfare professionals who may play a role in the film. They also got further inspired by featured guest and film supporter Victoria Stilwell, whom Akens says has “a magic that rolls over all the dogs she meets.”
“I’ve read her books and watched her on TV,” Akens says, “and she is as amazing as I had hoped she would be, in person.”
Without giving too much possible film content away, today we want to share five truths illustrated by our Pennsylvania experience.
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A Voice for Lil Olive is a new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Pete Schuermann. The film explores the special bond between pets and their families, and how rescued dogs change lives. The film's mission is to make people aware of and to change attitudes about rescued pets through the telling of Lil Olive’s tale. In this way, she becomes the voice for so many dogs and animals in need.