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Doggie Boogie Movie World Premiere at Sonoma Int'l Film Festival 2012

“Pijo, the dog star of Doggie Boogie, proves that no matter your age you can achieve the impossible." This wonderful message mixed with colorful sets and costumes, plus great music is bound to make Doggie Boogie a hit with families and dog lovers everywhere! April 12 is the World Premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and tickets are still available for both shows!! 

I had a chance to meet Pijo in person, at the Bay Woof Awards in March. Yes, I'm officially starstruck. Pijo came with no entourage, only the movie's creator, Romanus. [Scroll down to see Pijo's cute photo]


Doggie Boogie - Get Your Grrr On! has been called “The Wizard of Oz for Dogs” because of its fantastical sets and colorful costumes. The San Francisco Bay Area cast and crew put their hearts into making a wonderfully entertaining movie, and it shows! 

Doggie Boogie has Muttville Senior Dog Rescue supporter, Jane Wiedlin, from one of my favorite bands, The Go-Gos, Jesse Draper from Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band, Bettina Devin from the movie version of the Broadway hit Rent; and Pijo, the adorable Bichon. 

Romanus & Pijo the famous Bichon, at Bay Woof Awards

The movie's writer, director, producer and creator, Romanus Wolter, took time from his busy schedule to give you an insider peek on how they came up with their fantastic set design, plus he spills on how you can follow Pijo on Twitter.

I love that you've partnered with a rescue, how did you decide?  I expressed an interest in using the World Premiere of Doggie Boogie to benefit the community. Steve Martindale’s, a festival coordinator, two dogs are both rescues from “Herd It Through The Grapevine” in Sonoma. He put me in contact with Marina Harrison who runs the rescue organization and they will have adoptable dogs at both screenings.

Where did you get your ideas for the costumes & set design? John Waters has greatly influenced my filmmaking style – he pulls audiences into unique worlds. And, we believe in these worlds because he never leaves them. My goal was to do the same with Doggie Boogie.

In fact, “Doggie Boogie” became a verb on set. Any object whether it was a simple cupcake, set piece, or a shoe had to reflect the colorful and fantastical aspect of the world we created. If it didn’t, it was thrown off set. Check out the shelves, walls and backgrounds of our locations, everything is Doggie Boogied.

With the visionary help of Cheryl Parrott, set design, and Patricia Seldner-Brown, costumes, our sets and costumes to became part of the story. We made sure audiences were comforted with the color orange surrounding Cassie as she progressed forward. And, the color green follows our villainess Gertrude invoking the felling of greed and mistrust.

The most amazing thing that has happened this week is that my friends and family have been telling me how “The Hunger Games” costumes and sets pulled a lot of their design elements from Doggie Boogie. When I saw the movie, it was amazing how our two films reflect a similar world. Doggie Boogie is the story of what happens when the city people in The Hunger Games go dog dancing.

Pijo is on Facebook, but after the movie will Pijo have a Twitter account? Pijo already has his own Twitter Account @PijoPup and would love to hear from people and dogs. Our website is

4 - What's next? Everyone should look for Doggie Boogie to be released at the end of the year. I am also evaluating international distribution possibilities for the film. I would love to partner with other dog rescue organizations to create benefit screenings in their communities. People can send referrals directly to me. And, “Doggie Boogie 2 – Gertrude Gets Rude” has a completed script and I’d love to make that a reality.

Attendees at the two showings can meet adoptable doggie buddies from Herd It Through the Grapevine, a rescue in Santa Rosa. HITTGV’s mission is to rescue, care for, and rehabilitate unwanted, abused, and neglected dogs of herding breeds, concentrating on Australian Cattle Dogs and Border Collies.

Check out the movie trailer and get ready to get your grrr on!



Dogs are allowed to attend Doggie Boogie’s World Premiere 

Shows are being held at The Vintage House

264 First Street East

Sonoma, CA

When: Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

HITTGV will have dogs for adoption at both showings. 

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