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Susie’s Hope Premiers at Riverrun Film Festival

Super Smiley Megan Blake Hero Dog Awards

Photo (L to R): Megan Blake, Super Smiley, Donna Lawrence, Susie, at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2012
Photo by Kim Swartz

“Susie’s Hope” is a animal advocacy feature film based on the true life story of a North Carolina dog who was set on fire in 2010. Susie survived and now is an inspirational spokes-dog standing against animal cruelty. Donna Lawrence, the survivor of a vicious pit bull attack, adopted Susie, an abandoned pitbull mix who was the victim of severe abuse from her previous owner – beaten, set on fire and left for dead.

“Susie’s Hope” is directed by Jerry Rees and starring Emmanuelle Vaugier as Donna Lawrence, Susie’s real-life person. Other cast includes Andrea Powell from “Twilight – Breaking Dawn”, and Jon Provost who created and played the character Timmy in the iconic television series “Lassie.” Megan Blake,The Pet Lifestyle Coach(TM), from Pet Life Radio’s “A Super Smiley(TM) Adventure” plays Susie’s trainer in the film. Blake’s dog, Super Smiley, makes a special cameo appearance as well.

For Megan Blake the role was truly an act of love: “It was such an honor to work on this film that delves into the horrific cruelty people sometimes inflict on innocent animals, but then turns to share an amazing journey of hope, forgiveness and of the power we all have to affect change, create new legislation and to share the depth and immense value of these animals.”

The world premier of “Susie’s Hope” was April 13th at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The show sold out immediately, so two additional screenings were added on April 16th and 20th. For ticket information go to

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