As reported earlier, Kaboom a Belgian Malinois trained and handled by Michael Burkey, President of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan has become a dog movie star. Â He was bred by Michael Ellis of California.
Kaboom is featured in a new Michigan based film entitled, “Mr. What”. Kaboom was featured in several scenes. Â He portrays a stray dog who protects and helps a wrongly convicted man readjust to living in a free society after having been imprisoned for 22 years. The film is now complete and received five out of five Dove awards by the Dove foundation for a high quality family movie that doesn’t contain sex, nudity, nor extreme violence.
The film’s premier will be held November 1, 2014 at 3:00 and 7:00pm at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts in Tecumseh, Michigan. Â Shaun Maki is the director and Alan Maki is the lead actor Â and writer of the film. Michael Burkey was the dog trainer on and off set. Â Additionally, he appeared as a stunt double in the film. The premier is being held in Tecumseh because most of the movie was filmed in or near Tecumseh.
Edwin L. Carpenter, a Dove Foundation film critic states the film is “terrific!”. Â He gave the following synopsis: Â “Panting Deer
Productions and Sun and Paw Films present â€œMr. What.â€ Mattiesko Wuopio, though innocent, has spent twenty-two years in prison. Upon apprehension of the real criminal, Mattiesko is released, only to find continued harassment everywhere he turns. He seeks redemption through his ailing father, a stray dog, and an endearing little boy.”
We’re highly excited about the soon to be released film. Its a heart warming story with a special dog who saves the day. Â What could be better than that?! Plan to join us at the Premier on November 1st. Tickets aren’t yet on sale but when they do, they’ll go fast. Â 700 people came out to see Panting Deer’s premier of their earlier film, “Sidewalk Singer”, also a five out of five Dove awarded film.