Fresh Film director Fredgy Noël moves from commercials and documentaries into black comedy with her latest short film The Dogfriend. Telling the story of a young woman struck by supreme loneliness during the 2020 global pandemic, she wishes for her dog to become her boyfriend… and then endures the myriads of consequences when her wish comes true.
Fredgy created the Dogfriend with a female heavy crew and other female creatives of colour at the helm, creating a careful-what-you-wish for dark comedy about the monster that is straight, cis, white male privilege (when gone unchecked) and equally a story about the various cycles and iterations of loss.
Ultimately, it’s about a woman who chooses herself, despite the enormous fear of being a woman alone. It weaves together undeniable themes of this past year; solitude, loneliness, whimsy and absurdity, while also integrating the mountainous and ongoing, collective conversations we’ve shared around gender, race and systems of privilege. Last but not least, it is an ode to the great city of New York, which has proven, now more than ever, to be a unique and strange haven of magic and possibility.