May 15--GREENSBORO -- "Susie's Hope" is coming to a big screen in Greensboro.
The feature film about the abused puppy found in a local park and the woman who adopted her will play in a limited engagement June 7-9 at Carousel Luxury Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave.
"People are eager to see the movie," said Allison Hunt, the movie's national marketing director.
Susie and Donna Lawrence, the High Point woman who adopted her, will attend several screenings, Hunt said.
The film's April premiere sold out at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, and last weekend at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in Wilmington.
It also took home the Best Family Film award from the Wilmington festival.
Produced by Stone's Throw Films and Altair Casting & Production Services of Winston-Salem, the film tells the story of Susie, the burned and beaten mixed-breed pit bull puppy found in Greenfield Park in 2009.
Susie's case spurred efforts to increase the state's criminal penalties for animal abuse.
From Greensboro, the film will be shown on a sneak preview summer tour in Wilmington, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville and Winston-Salem, Hunt said. Dates and locations have not been set.
Producers are working to arrange the film's domestic and foreign release in theaters, on DVD and video on demand, and possibly on television, Hunt said.
Meanwhile, Susie is in the running for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards, in the Emerging Hero Dog category. To vote, go online to www.herodogawards.org, and click the "vote" link to find Susie's listing.
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 373-5204, and follow @dawndkane on Twitter.
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