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Short Film Rates 5 Out of 5 Barks!

“Ollie” (2022) is the feel-good story of a yellow lab caught up in the confusing circumstances of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was written, shot, and edited by filmmaker Sadiel Gomez as a student assignment when he was enrolled at George Brown College in Toronto. It has garnered much acclaim on the festival circuit.


In the short 9-minute film, Ollie narrates his own story, endearingly voiced by Gomez. Ollie is portrayed by Gomez’s own dog Charlie. “It took countless hours to coax him into the right positions,” remarked Gomez. “And when I think back on this process, I appreciate the dedication required of any filmmaker working with animal actors.”


The film is continuing to win hearts and kudos on YouTube with 27K likes. One viewer proclaimed “Give the dog an Oscar. What a wonderful act!”


Gomez began studying video production at the University of Matanzas, resulting in several national award nominations for short films and music videos. Now located in Canada, he has since produced seven short films — each focused on different dimensions of life in Toronto.


Enjoy “Ollie”!

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