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‘Boundaries’ director Shana Feste has a message for male critics about her dogs, dad and pot movie

‘Boundaries’ director Shana Feste has a message for male critics about her dogs, dad and pot movie

Making a movie that's based on some of the most intimate, vulnerable and contemptible moments of your life is an ambitious undertaking — even more so if its cast includes your own dog.

Loretta, the endlessly friendly 8-year-old terrier mix of writer-director Shana Feste, initially wasn't supposed to appear in "Boundaries," the Sony Pictures Classics dramedy in which Vera Farmiga plays a single mother on a cathartic road trip with her troublesome father (Christopher Plummer), her troubled son (Lewis MacDougall) and a motley crew of rescued animals. When the scene needed another stray dog for the on-screen journey, Loretta seized the supporting role.

"Every time...

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