CO-DIRECTORS

Perri Peltz

Perri Peltz is a distinguished journalist and public health advocate. She is currently co-directing and co-producing a "Conversation" series on race with The New York Times Op-Docs. She co-directed and co-produced the documentaries, "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr." (Sundance Film Festival; HBO) and “The Education of Dee Dee Ricks” (HBO). Perri executive produced “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers,” which screened at the United Nations, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Perri is currently in production on a film about alcoholism in the U.S. for HBO.  

Perri hosts two radio shows on the SiriusXM Network: “The Perri Peltz Show” and "Doctor Radio Reports.” Her earlier work as a television news journalist includes serving as a reporter and anchor for WNBC,  a contributor for NBC’s “Dateline,” an anchor at MSNBC, a news correspondent for ABC’s “20/20,” and an anchor for CNN. 

Geeta Gandbhir

Geeta Gandbhir has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and has won two. As editor, films have been nominated twice for the Academy Award, winning once, and have also won three Peabody Awards. 

A feature documentary she produced with Perri Peltz and directed with 2x-Academy Award Winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, A Journey of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the United Nations. She is currently co-directing and co-producing a Conversation series on race with The New York Times Op-Docs, and she co-directed and edited the film, Remembering the Artist, Robert De Niro, Sr. with Perri Peltz for HBO.  Additional notable works as an editor include, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley for HBO, which was nominated for an Emmy, When the Levees Broke, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, Music By Prudence, Budrus, If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, and God is the Bigger Elvis which was nominated for the 2012 Academy Awards. Her film, Which Way is the Frontline From Here? with author and Academy Award nominated director Sebastian Junger was nominated for the 2014 News and Doc Emmys. 

Filmmaker Statement

Can a prison inmate be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society? What about a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? These are the questions that converge in Prison Dogs. We set out to examine these issues by following a select group of prisoners given a rare opportunity and responsibility: Raising, training, and caring for puppies who will become service dogs for veterans with PTSD.  Dogs in prison — an unlikely pairing. These puppies lived with their inmate handlers in their cells, 24/7, for up to 2 years.

It is common knowledge that the levels of incarceration and recidivism in the United States have reached staggering heights. What is less well known is how the elemental love of a puppy can break down barriers and release those who are literally and figuratively imprisoned, restoring inmates’ and wounded soldiers’ sense of self and well-being. How the shared experience of bonding with a dog can forge friendships in the least likely of places.