G-Dog – Review

July 1, 2012   A Chanlin Films/American Film Foundation/Sanders & Mock Prods. presentation. Produced, directed, written by Freida Mock. With: Greg Boyle, Shayna Welcher, Hector Verdugo, Fabian Debora, Louis Perez, Kyle Shoaf, Brian Moon, Veronica Vargas, Kamala Harris. (English, Spanish dialogue) In an era with a paucity of real heroes, a genuine one emerges in “G-Dog”: the inexhaustible Jesuit priest Greg Boyle, whose Homeboy Industries has saved countless lives in Los Angeles’ gang-plagued neighborhoods. Freida Mock’s documentaries have been only as good as their subjects (and sometimes, as with her portrait of playwright Tony Kushner, not even that), but here she has made a movie that vitally captures an extraordinary character in extraordinary circumstances. Boyle’s story will reach across a long roster of fests and easily garner distrib interest, with socially minded tube play assured.