The Champions

2015 | USA | NR | 90 min.


State Theatre Sat, Jul 30, 2016 3:00 PM
The Kubrick at Central Grade School Sun, Jul 31, 2016 9:00 AM
Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Cinema Salon
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Release Year:2015
Runtime:90 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:John Garcia
Director:Darcy Dennett
Produced by:Darcy Dennett
Cinematography:Justin Hanrahan ACS
Editing By:Julio F. Lastres


If you enjoy films that inspire as much as they educate, and enrich as much as they entertain, “The Champions” is simply a must-see. In 2007, Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick was convicted of running a vicious and illegal dogfighting ring. After serving jail time, Vick was able to return home to lucrative endorsements and a continued NFL career—but whatever happened to the 50+ deadly pit bulls he left behind? “The Champions” tells the amazing, little-known story of the people who stepped in to try and spare the abused canines from almost certain death. Determined to give the surviving dogs a chance at a happy life, this group of animal lovers risked everything to prove that even the most “dangerous” of dogs could live in harmony with humans, and surprised themselves by being transformed through the process. This heartfelt story about four-legged stars who were bred for violence, and then were offered a second chance through love, is glorious proof that you absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks. In Person: Director Darcy Dennett; Subjects Francis Battista, Paul and Melissa Fiaccone, and Rescue Dog Cherry!