"When Moses and I hit the road, it was scary, demanding, and a shit ton of fun. Fierce storms, terrifying fog, icy roads, uncontrollable laughter, and oftentimes far too much alcohol. Without that big old dog I’m not sure how I would’ve survived." - Kelley Baker
With no distributor interested in his independent films, Kelley Baker, the Angry Filmmaker, ripped a page out of the punk rock handbook and went looking for his audience in a used minivan with Moses, his faithful 120-pound Chocolate Lab. Every fall and spring, they traveled the country showing his films at art house theaters, film festivals, colleges, and biker bars.
Logging over 200,000 miles, they encountered a collection of Fellini-esque characters, including two hyper-intellectual pro wrestlers in West Virginia, a lying Chicago hotel desk clerk who cost Kelley his home, civil rights workers knocking back rum at Hank Williams’ grave, and a way overzealous drug-sniffing border patrol dog outside El Paso, Texas.
Kelley gave an audio workshop for employees of a porn channel; got yelled at in a haunted bar in Memphis; was asked to leave the Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University; and drove 2,400 miles in three days, so he wouldn’t miss his daughter’s choir recital. Moses swam in two oceans, 15 lakes, and enthusiastically marked thousands of spots from sea to shining sea.
At the end of it all, they found a lot more than an audience.
"As Eat, Pray, Love is to love and spirituality, Road Dog is to the raucous, independent, and contented life." (William M. Akers, author of Your Screenplay Sucks! and Mrs. Ravenbach's Way)
“I simply could not put this book down. It made me laugh out loud, cry out loud, share passages with my kids, want to be a better filmmaker, parent, and person.” (Ian Fowler, filmmaker and painter)