November 14-23, 2019

Well Groomed

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Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America. Well Groomed captures the creative process, traveling with four women at the center of the competition as they enrich their lives through this fascinating intersection of art and animals. Following champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the Technicolor competition circuit, Well Groomed explores an America not often portrayed in cinema. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, the film follows dog groomers from their homes to large-scale dog grooming competitions and showrooms where their communities meet, discuss, and compete with Technicolor exuberance. Well Groomed is a revealing look at pets, families, friendships, and the glory of creativity through a bright prism of color.

Filmmaker Biography

Rebecca Stern is a director and producer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the producer of Tre Maison Dasan, a documentary exploring the lives of children affected by parental incarceration (Independent Lens 2019). She is the Co-Producer of Neizens, a documentary delving into the effects of online sexual harassment (Tribeca 2018). She was the associate producer of “the bomb,” an innovative installation and film that premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival. Stern’s documentary career launched with her role as the production coordinator for Academy Award nominated and Emmy-winning documentary Cartel Land, which premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on A&E, and received a worldwide theatrical release. She previously was a staff member of Picture Motion, the leading film impact firm, where she managed film marketing campaigns for acclaimed documentaries including Food Chains (2016 BritDocImpact Award) and The Yes Men are Revolting. Well Groomed is her first feature film.


  • Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL. Thursday 11/14/2019
  • Townsend Center/University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA. Monday 11/18/2019
  • Bologna Performing Arts Center/Delta State University, Cleveland, MS. Tuesday 11/19/2019
  • Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Alexandria, LA. Wednesday 11/20/2019
  • North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston, LA. Thursday 11/21/2019
  • City of Hapeville, Hapeville, GA. Saturday 11/23/2019