ON-Lion Letter

In the new Moving Picture Institute (MPI) documentary film Dog Days, after losing his job in 2009, Coite Manuel sets off to build his dream business with the help of two unlikely women -- Deane, his harp-playing aunt, and Siyone, an East African hot-dog vendor and single mother of four.  

Staking his meager life savings on a vision to revive Washington, D.C.'s dwindling hot-dog vending community, Manuel faces bewildering challenges, from hostile city regulations to an entrenched local monopoly to the sudden popularity of food trucks.

Even though success doesn't come easily, Dog Day’s characters fight to maintain hope in the face of adversity.  Co-directed by Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby, the film is a captivating portrait of American entrepreneurship -- exploring themes of immigration, vocation, and the power of perseverance.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports MPI.

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