About the film
This is a love story about a woman with a broken heart, the dog who saved her life every day for nine years, and what it means to let go.
Marty had a heart condition that used to make her faint every day. Adele was the world’s first cardiac alert service dog and she stopped Marty from fainting at all. They were the perfect team. They were soulmates. Adele could literally sense the beating of Marty’s heart.
But nothing can last forever, and when Adele gets too old to continue working, Marty must figure out how to let go of her best friend and find a new partner who can take over the job of protecting her heart.
With Adele by her side, Marty went from being unable to walk around the block without passing out, to leading an adventurous, joy-filled life as a wife and mother. She doesn’t want to go back to how it was before Adele, but going forward is just as scary.
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CAST AND CREW
Letting Go of Adele is representative of Long Haul Films’ commitment to making films by and about women.
Director / Producer – Melissa Dowler
Melissa’s mission as a director is to share the untold stories of women and people from diverse backgrounds. Her first documentary short, 24 Hours At The South Street Diner was an official selection at IFF Boston, the Woods Hole Film Festival and New Filmmakers New York. She is co-founder of production company Long Haul Films, and co-founder of She Sees, a volunteer organization inspiring the next generation of diverse female filmmakers.
Melissa’s next project is Restarting The Motor City, a documentary feature about the revitalization of Detroit.
Director of Photography / Producer – Tom Dowler
Tom is an ex-pat Brit who started making films at the University of York, where he founded the University Cinematography Society and went on to a Masters in Feature Film Development at Goldsmith’s College in London. Tom has photographed all of the documentary projects produced by Long Haul Films, including the forthcoming Restarting The Motor City.
Cinematographer – Megan Lovallo
Megan is a product of Boston University’s film program and two-time winner of the prestigious Redstone Film Festival for her short film, Off To The Races. Megan’s cinematography work includes documentary shorts, branded content and promotional films.
Marty suffers from a heart condition that made her faint almost every day for twenty years, until Canine Partners for Life paired her with Adele.
Darlene is the founder and Executive Director of Canine Partners for Life, the service dog organization that raised and trained Adele.
Dr. Januzzi is Marty’s cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
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