Isle Of Dogs

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA


Alexandra Horowitz

Principal investigator of the Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College/Columbia University

Isle of Dogs— Living with dogs living with us

Best-selling author and dog-cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz takes us inside the eyes, nose, and brain of humankind's best animal friend. Part of the 2018 National Evening of Science on Screen.

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA

Film Synopsis

In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island garbage dump. When a boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet, the outcasts embark on an epic journey.

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins a journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the New York Times best-seller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (2009), On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (2013), and Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (2016). She is an adjunct associate professor at Barnard College/Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in creative non-fiction and canine cognition and heads the Dog Cognition Lab. She lives with her husband, young son, and two large, sniffy dogs in New York City.