|Cast: ||Rebbeca Lynn Goldfarb, Seth Herzog|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Kelly Salmon - Producers: Duncan Moore - Screenwriters: Duncan Moore - Cinematographer: Kevin Shih - Editor: Keith Dorsch
When little eight year old Kelly Salmon decides it is her birthright to own a puppy, she will do whatever it takes till that dog is hers. After pleading, nagging, and bagging fall short, Kelly pulls out all the stops and plans to kill her dad... with cuteness. Dad's unconditional love is proven to be very conditional when he declares that the Salmon household will remain puppy free until he is beaten at ping pong. Kelly recruits her tween brother's Shaun and Matt to wage war against Dad. Will Kelly's dreams of puppy love blossom into true love or will she have to bury her heart in the backyard?
Duncan Moore made this film as a senior at New York University where he majored in Film and Television. Before transferring to NYU, Moore studied theater at Diablo Valley College near his hometown in the suburbs of the San Francisco east bay. While there, Moore's work was recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for excellence in acting in "We Wont Pay, We Wont Pay," and in directing for "What The Butler Saw."
Life moves in mysterious ways. A casual conversation over a lunch turned into the focus of my life for a year and counting. I first met Kelly Salmon while I was interning with Identity, a commercial production company. She briefly mentioned a story from her youth about her quest to beat her dad at ping pong in an attempt to get a puppy. Kelly’s version of this common childhood story was extraordinary: a “tough love” dad verse his three kids, who were hell bent on beating him so they could win a dog. It was David verse Goliath set in the Long Island suburbs.
As I began to flesh out the story, I looked forward to exploring all of my comedic influences for the film: The Adventures of Pete and Pete, Stella, Strangers With Candy, A Christmas Story, and Raising Arizona. After months of writing, prepping, and stressing, the shoot finally came. I survived a weekend full of child actors, a puppy, a NYC comedian, and a dozen film students, and I am thrilled that I now have the opportunity to share this film and period of my life with you. Thanks for watching!