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“A Little Magic” – First Motion Picture To Celebrate Dog Shows – Crowd Funding Campaign Starts February 8th

Helfgott-Turner Productions, Inc. announces the start of an historic crowd-funding campaign to make the first motion picture celebrating the world of dog shows, and showing the incredible love and magical bond people have with their dogs. This film, based on a true story, is called  A LITTLE MAGIC: The Trish and Cinnar Story.

In 1980, a young girl, Trish Kanzler, with no money and no backing, won Best in Show at Westminster with Cinnar, a red Siberian whose ear was bitten off! The story of how she got there – and her incredible journey with Cinnar – is a real life fairy tale.

Helfgott-Turner Productions, award winning TV and movie writer/producers, have brought together an amazing team of filmmakers including Director Roger Young, who has directed more than 40 films and has 3 Director’s Guild Awards, an Emmy and has worked with tons of stars including Brad Pitt and Tom Selleck; Director of Photography Donald M. Morgan who has shot more than 70 films and has won 6 Emmys and numerous ASC awards; and Composer Patrick Williams, who has scored more than 200 movies, and has numerous Oscar, Emmy and Grammy nominations and wins.  Plus, Writer-Producer Daniel Helfgott has made numerous award-winning films and television shows about ordinary people overcoming tremendous odds, and always about underdogs. The entire team has spent their careers helping to turn great stories into films, and all four of them are dog owner and dog lovers.

Trish and Cinnar

In fact, it was a dog who started this entire project. When the Producers’ last dog passed away, they searched for a new puppy. It was that young dog, an adorable Tibetan Terrier they named Kipling, who got them interested in the world of dog shows. It was a world they had never experienced before, but they were hooked! On Kipling’s way to becoming a Grand Champion, they heard people talking about Trish Kanzler and Cinnar. And when they found out that Hollywood had never made an uplifting and positive film about this sport, they knew they had to be the ones to do it.

The project is endorsed by Wayne Ferguson, President of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia which sponsors the National Dog Show, Mari-Beth O’Neill, Vice President of the AKC and head of the charity “Take the Lead”, and top US and Canadian Judge James G. Reynolds, who all believe that this movie will help the sport.  In fact, a portion of the movie’s profits will go to support the charity, Take The Lead.

The producers are working directly with the real person, Trish Kanzler, and her kennel, Innisfree Kennels. Trish is providing maple syrup from her own farm as one of the campaign rewards. Trish says “I support this film because I believe it will encourage young people to go into the sport.” She also believes the movie highlights that this is the one sport where anyone can compete — rich or poor, young or old, able-bodied or physically challenged, professional or amateur.

Unique rewards especially for dog lovers will be offered as part of the Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, but the one that seems to have dog lovers excited the most is the opportunity for you and your dog to be in the movie. A few of these will actually involve the chance to be at Westminster (at least in the movie) and even get into the ring for Best in Show.

Producer Daniel Helfgott with his wife and Tibetan Terrier, GCh. Sunsi's Rumble In The Jungle

The Producers are launching this historic Kickstarter campaign because they found resistance from Hollywood.  Producer Daniel Helfgott says, “The studios don’t believe dog lovers want an inspirational family movie.”  Helfgott-Turner Productions decided to go directly to the Dog Show World and Dog Lovers everywhere for support.

The Producers have started their pre-launch campaign and are asking dog show supporters and dog lovers of all kinds to sign up and encourage their friends to sign up for the newsletter at They need everyone to support the crowd-funding campaign that goes live on February 8th. By signing up, everyone will also learn more about the movie project and how they can participate in the fun, including how they can put THEIR dogs in the movie!

Click here to view a video about the campaign.

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