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Part of SFFILM Festival

Well Groomed

Directed by Rebecca Stern

USA | Documentary | 88

19 Apr
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm
Grand Lake Theatre
Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610 United States
21 Apr
Sun, Apr 21 at 1:00 pm
Victoria Theatre

Guests Expected

Director Rebecca Stern and subject Kobe are expected to attend both screenings.


Feast your eyes on the world of competitive dog grooming, where dogs are the canvas and the awards go to the wildest, most vibrant, and imaginative use of animal hair. In Rebecca Stern’s must-see-to-believe debut, groomers and their show-stopping pooches prepare to compete at the world’s largest show, the Groom Expo. Well Groomed shows how a dog can represent ET, Jurassic Park, or an entire farm.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Furry friends are welcome at the April 21 screening; dogs must be registered and sit on the floor, but do not need a separate ticket! 

“Given the tail-wagging subject manner, it’s impossible not to smile while watching Well Groomed. Of course these dogs all deserve Best In Show awards for adorableness, but first-time director Rebecca Stern does not just show the animals’ personalities, she brings to life the fur itself. Close-ups of the cumulus-like coats, the soft swish of a hairbrush, and a whimsical score from electronic musician Dan Deacon create an almost ASMR experience. The competitive aspect of the art form creates suspense and naturally you’ll find yourself rooting for the underdogs, but let’s be real, you’re mainly here to look at some cute animals, and Well Groomed delivers some of the biggest awwwwws you’ll have in a theater all year.” – Dan Gentile, Austin Chronicle

Director Rebecca Stern

Rebecca Stern began her career as a production coordinator on the Oscar-nominated documentary Cartel Land (2015). She was an associate producer on The Bomb (2016) and the documentary TV series Weediquette (2017), a co-producer on Netizens (2018), and a producer on Tre Maison Dasan (Festival 2018). She has also directed short films, including Well Groomed (2015), which provided a springboard to her first feature.



Film Details

Year 2019

Language English

Runtime 88

Country USA

Director Rebecca Stern

Producer Rebecca Stern, Justin Levy, Matthew C. Mills

Editor Katharina Stroh

Cinematographer Alexander W. Lewis

Music Dan Deacon