The Dogs of El Niño—The Madeline Island Sled Dog Race | Chicago Reader

The Dogs of El Niño—The Madeline Island Sled Dog Race

This video documentary about the annual dogsled race on Lake Superior's Madeline Island is interesting in its details: sled dogs poop on the run; a woman wins races by giving “lots of love” to dogs who won't run well for others; a guy injured in a collision with a tree is determined to compete the following day. But while the contestants say they're having fun, the camerawork—static shots and logy pans of the dog teams crossing the ice and running through the woods—doesn't exactly convey it. And if, as the narration states, dog sledding is all about solitary communion with the wilderness, then why the need for the dogs or the competition? Cyndi Moran and Eric Scholl directed. 58 min.

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