The Champions


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 29, 2016 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Apr 30, 2016 5:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, May 4, 2016 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Film Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2015
Run Time:93 minutes
Production Country:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Darcy Dennett


“The Champions” is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and those who risked everything to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to euthanize the dogs.  It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope.

This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs — about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals.  Featuring the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society.

All odds were stacked against the pit bulls rescued from this notorious dogfighting ring. But no one could have predicted how the dogs would change the lives of those who risked everything to save them.

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

Filmmaker Darcy Dennett would like “The Champions” to incite even more change. Her hope is that the film will galvanize more advocacy for dogs, pit bull terriers and dogfighting survivors. “Above all,” she says, “I hope audiences walk away with a warm and overflowing heart.” And so far, her vision is being realized, as the experience of watching the film has been deeply emotional — in a good way — for so many viewers.