Humans are not the only ones in need of rescuing and in the city of Los Angeles, the members of SMART (Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team) have stepped up to save lives. Led by Armando Navarrete, this division of trained and passionate animal lovers risks life and limb to rescue every kind of creature in need, from horses to mountain lions to cats and dogs!
Follow Armando as he struggles to get his team off the ground, survives death-defying rescues and finds love, all in the midst of LA’s heartbreaking animal shelter system. Never giving up, Armando and his team have saved over 1000 lives and created new tactics, technology, and inspiration for similar programs to develop in more cities.
Shot over the course of three years, SMART is a great example of how a team of passionate and dedicated people can become real-life superheroes.
Share this amazing story with your community by licensing the film for a screening. As with most films, a public performance license is required to screen the film privately or publicly for a group of people. We have created the following packages to help with your screening or educational use.
Special Discount for Grassroots Organizations and Non-Profits
5 DVDs & 1 Screening License – $50
Public Performance License – $150
Educational Use License – $150
SMART has partnered with Gathr to make hosting a screening in your city easier than ever. Gathr allows people in the US to request a screening of SMART at a theatre in their city (US ONLY). If enough people purchase tickets to the show then the screening gets “tipped” and the film is booked for a one night screening with the theatre. If the screening request fails to reach its required number of tickets, then no one is charged and the screening is canceled.
RESERVE YOUR TICKET TO A SCREENING NEAR YOU
Check the map for a screening near you and reserve tickets! If you don’t find one, then request a screening and become a Movie Captain of your very own SMART theatrical screening!
HOST A SCREENING – BECOME A MOVIE CAPTAIN
Hosting a screening is easy: you just pick the date, time, and theater where you want to host your screening and Gathr will set everything up for you. All you have to do is help promote the film and get people to reserve tickets. Gathr will even provide a toolkit and promotional materials to help you in your efforts. Request a screening today and start promoting your event to hit the minimum number of reserved tickets to “greenlight” your show.
“Armando and his SMART team are real life heroes for animals, pets and their owners from all walks of life. They provide a crucial service, sometimes putting their lives on the line in order to help any animal in peril. As Ryder from PAW Patrol might say, ‘No job’s too big, no animal’s too small!’ “
Keith Chapman, Creator, PAW Patrol
“Watching SMART is one of the most heartening experiences possible. Uplifting and inspiring, it renews hope for all animals, humans included.”
Cathy Comstock, University of Colorado
“SMART is a most welcomed documentary about the selfless work of people who put animals in need first and foremost. Rescue and rehabilitation are essential parts of the process of ‘rewilding our hearts,’ and I hope this incredibly important and timely film reaches a global audience.”
Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence
“SMART is certainly about animal control, animal rescue, animal shelters and the kind of people who dedicate their lives to a purpose. More than that, though, it’s about a man having the vision and dedication to face a problem rather than ignore it. It’s about one person creating change. No matter what you do for a living, Armando Navarrete shows that it is still possible to make the world a better place. I was, and continue to be, inspired.”
Ann Potter, Shelter Manager, Multnomah County Animal Services
“SMART opens up the lives of a team of amazing Los Angeles animal control professionals. But it also reveals that this same “heart” exists around the country, where dedicated animal control officers are saving lives, fixing broken promises and healing animals and people. Thank you for sharing this story.”
Dr. Lesli Groshong, CVMA 2015 Veterinarian of the Year
“SMART is an important story about the extremes of compassion. The team’s emotional and physical sacrifices show that there should never be any limitations on kindness for animals. SMART is inspired.”
Shelley Frost, Director, Animal Film Festival
“What got me about the film was the heart and the passion. People doing the right things for the right reasons. SMART is a wake-up call that we all need to hear… and see!”
Jason Feiner, Director of Student Affairs, Lewis & Clark College
Director, Producer, Cinematography
Justin Zimmerman / Bricker-Down Productions
Kimberly Rose Zimmerman
John W. Snyder
Donaldson + Callif
Douglas Hanford Snyder
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