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Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum with her dog, Chelsea, the star of a 52-minute "dogamentary."
The documentary is going to the dogs.

Emmy-winning producer Gayle Kirschenbaum has turned her tiny Shih Tzu, Chelsea, into the star of a new movie.

Kirschenbaum outfitted the 13-pound fur ball - whose favorite getup includes heart-shaped diva shades and a pink visor - with a special 3-ounce doggie-cam to capture life from a pooch's perspective.

The images the filmmaker ended up with - everything from an encounter with Katie Couric to dating in the city and even an eye-popping miracle - are the subject of "A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary."

Describing the 52-minute video as a mix of "Sex and the City," "Best in Show" and "Lassie," Kirschenbaum, a self-proclaimed "stage mother," said the film is "about looking for love and finding it in an unexpected way."

The producer fell for Chelsea - who was originally owned by her brother - at first sight in 1995.

Soon, the energetic brunette realized that Chelsea's powers extended beyond her cute appearance and charming disposition.

While Kirschenbaum was filming downtown on 9/11, a shattered woman asked her whether she could hold Chelsea for comfort.

When she noticed Chelsea's soothing effect on the woman, Kirschenbaum said she heard "a call to action."

After training as a therapy dog, the pooch provided comfort twice a week at a center set up for family members of 9/11 victims.

When the center closed, Chelsea began working at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Manhattan and Cabrini Hospice, where she is credited with bringing a terminal patient out of a coma.

Kirschenbaum has submitted "A Dog's Life" for consideration in the Sundance Film Festival competition. While she waits to hear back, she will unleash the film Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Westbeth Arts Center, 55 Bethune St. door. For free tickets, call (212) 714-8364 or E-mail Kirschenbaum at info@dogamentary.com.

Originally published on November 9, 2003

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Newest film star takes a bow(wow)

Filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum with her dog, Chelsea, the star of a 52-minute "dogamentary."
The documentary is going to the dogs.

Emmy-winning producer Gayle Kirschenbaum has turned her tiny Shih Tzu, Chelsea, into the star of a new movie.

Kirschenbaum outfitted the 13-pound fur ball - whose favorite getup includes heart-shaped diva shades and a pink visor - with a special 3-ounce doggie-cam to capture life from a pooch's perspective.

The images the filmmaker ended up with - everything from an encounter with Katie Couric to dating in the city and even an eye-popping miracle - are the subject of "A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary."

Describing the 52-minute video as a mix of "Sex and the City," "Best in Show" and "Lassie," Kirschenbaum, a self-proclaimed "stage mother," said the film is "about looking for love and finding it in an unexpected way."

The producer fell for Chelsea - who was originally owned by her brother - at first sight in 1995.

Soon, the energetic brunette realized that Chelsea's powers extended beyond her cute appearance and charming disposition.

While Kirschenbaum was filming downtown on 9/11, a shattered woman asked her whether she could hold Chelsea for comfort.

When she noticed Chelsea's soothing effect on the woman, Kirschenbaum said she heard "a call to action."

After training as a therapy dog, the pooch provided comfort twice a week at a center set up for family members of 9/11 victims.

When the center closed, Chelsea began working at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Manhattan and Cabrini Hospice, where she is credited with bringing a terminal patient out of a coma.

Kirschenbaum has submitted "A Dog's Life" for consideration in the Sundance Film Festival competition. While she waits to hear back, she will unleash the film Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Westbeth Arts Center, 55 Bethune St. door. For free tickets, call (212) 714-8364 or E-mail Kirschenbaum at info@dogamentary.com.

Originally published on November 9, 2003

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