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Lia Chang Party Photos: Richard Atkinson’s DOGS LIE, Starring Samrat Chakrabarti, Frank Boyd and Ewa Da Cruz

I was welcomed into the engaging sphere of Dogs Lie director Richard Atkinson, when he invited me to the pre-launch party for the Vanguard Cinema release of his latest indie thriller starring Samrat Chakrabarti, Frank Boyd and Ewa Da Cruz on Monday, April 23, 2012, at the elegant Wall Street apartment of co-writer Ronnie Cohen and her husband Larry.

(Back Row) Spencer Snyder, Frank Boyd, Arnie Mazer, Todd Gearhart, Richard Atkinson, Colin Lewis. (Front Row) Albert Elmazovski, Joanna Atkinson, Ronnie Cohen, Jessica Dickey, Rebecca Anne Mills and Jane Beale. Photo by Lia Chang

(Back Row) Spencer Snyder, Frank Boyd, Arnie Mazer, Todd Gearhart, Richard Atkinson, Colin Lewis. (Front Row) Albert Elmazovski, Joanna Atkinson, Ronnie Cohen, Jessica Dickey, Rebecca Anne Mills and Jane Beale. Photo by Lia Chang

Dogs Lie castmembers Frank Boyd, Richard Brown, Arnie Mazer, Todd Gearhart. (Seated) Jessica Dickey, Rebecca Anne Mills. Photo by Lia Chang

Dogs Lie castmembers Frank Boyd, Richard Brown, Arnie Mazer, Todd Gearhart. (Seated) Jessica Dickey, Rebecca Anne Mills. Photo by Lia Chang

Dogs Lie is based on an Off-Off-Broadway play written by Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale, and the pair collaborated with director Richard Atkinson on adapting it for the screen.
Dogs Lie actor Frank Boyd is flanked by co-writers Ronnie Cohen, Jane Beale and director Richard Atkinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Dogs Lie actor Frank Boyd is flanked by co-writers Ronnie Cohen, Jane Beale and director Richard Atkinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Dogs Lie scored two awards, for “Best Film” (USA) and the “Feature Film Audience Award,” at the 2011 ITN Distribution Film and New Media Festival in New York. Dogs Lie won “Honorable Mention” at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2011 and was an “Official Selection” at The Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) in NY, the La Femme International Film Festival in LA, and the Filmi SE Asian Film Festival in Toronto, where it was the “showcase feature.”

Samrat Chakrabarti and Dogs Lie director Richard Atkinson. Photo by Joanna Atkinson

Samrat Chakrabarti and Dogs Lie director Richard Atkinson. Photo by Joanna Atkinson


Before arriving at the party, Atkinson caught up with Samrat Chakrabarti, who was en route to attend the screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, to hand deliver his “hot off the presses” DVD of Dogs Lie. Chakrabarti plays Iqbal Khani, a likeable, conscientious clinician and romantic opportunist in the film.

Frank Boyd, who stars opposite Chakrabarti as Josh Logan, a clinician who is a compulsive jokester with a competitive streak, can currently be seen at The Public Theater in Elevator Repair Service’s GATZ, the award-winning, critically lauded theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, which has been extended through May 13.

Frank Boyd (Photo by Lia Chang)

Frank Boyd (Photo by Lia Chang)


Boyd is also a company member of the TEAM, the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment. The New York City based theater company dedicated to dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today, is holding its Hunka Hunka Burnin Benefit on May 10, at the New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St. in New York. Click here for tickets and here to see their exciting lineup of 2012-2013 theatrical projects.

In Dogs Lie, Boyd and Chakrabarti play clinicians thrown together with eight patients at a luxury NY sleep clinic for a night of monitoring and observation. They are both drawn to the beautiful Lucia ( Ewa Da Cruz), a patient, who finds herself the center of attention as her life seemingly spins out of control. Nothing is quite as it seems, and as the night progresses dark secrets are revealed. Romance, blackmail and murder ensue as humor and irreverence give way to devious self interest.

The Dogs Lie Digital Download is currently available at Bigstar.tv. You can purchase the Dogs Lie DVD through Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.

Dogs Lie is a Top Movie llc production, with international distribution by
Don Schafer at www.TrueAmericanBusiness.com. Contact info@dogslie.com Website http://www.dogslie.com
Dogs Lie Facebook Page

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Richard Atkinson’s DOGS LIE, Starring Samrat Chakrabarti, Frank Boyd and Ewa Da Cruz
DOGS LIE, Starring Samrat Chakrabarti, Frank Boyd and Ewa Da Cruz, Nabs ”Best Film (USA)” and ”Feature Film Audience Award” at 2011 ITN Distribution Film and New Media Festival
Click here for more articles on Samrat Chakrabarti.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Gary Wilmes and Scott Shepherd Set for Elevator Repair Service’s GATZ at The Public, March 14-May 13

WNYC’s The Greene Space presents “An Evening with David Henry Hwang” featuring Oskar Eustis, Brian D’arcy James, BD Wong, Jennifer Lim, Francis Jue on May 7, 2012
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Frank Boyd and Lia Chang (Photo by Richard Atkinson)

Frank Boyd and Lia Chang (Photo by Richard Atkinson)


Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
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