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Please write us. Just click on "contact us". Ask us anything you want. Chelsea will be happy to respond to all inquiries and if pressed, I will, too.

Apologies in advance for any typos, missing words, poor punctuation and incoherent, run on sentences. You’d be amazed what the spell and grammar check lets me get away with. If only my English teacher did the same. And please don’t tell me to read Strunk and White, okay?

Check out all the press we've been getting by clicking on the "news" page. You'll several articles including the New York Times and Ladies Home Journal and many of our appearances from the Today Show to Howard Stern.

Oh, we started a chat room. You can actually go there 24/7 and chat away with your friends. You can even have a private chat. Please sign the "guestbook" if you want to be kept informed about the status of our film, A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary please sign the guestbook. Click on "synopsis".

Here's what people are saying.

"Every true dog lover will see themselves in this documentary."

Joan Rivers

"It's "adogable"!
Joy Behar, co-host ABC's The View

"Excellent, funny and touching film. And commercial. Gayle Kirschenbaum proves that talent and endurance are so crucial, and they walk together."
Laszlo Santha / filmmaker-NYU Film School Professor

"The film is great. Very funny and touching."
Max Westerman (RTL TV)

"Gayle Kirschenbaum is a female Woody Allen."
Bill Cote/ Filmmaker

"The film has a very original voice."
Stu Zuckerman WNET

Monday, April 18, 2005- see blog for entries

Thursday, March 10, 2005
Last night was such a special night. HBO hosted along with the ASPCA and Cabrini Hospice a party and screening of our film. It was packed. People loved the movie and kept coming up to me and Chelsea glowing.. telling us that they experienced all emotions, they laughed, they cried. Some were still wiping the tears from their eyes. The film has screened at many film festivals and the film is a real crowd pleaser and people have the same reactions. I'm told Chelsea and I are a team. But last was different than the film festivals. In a way, it was like a coming out party. No, I'm not gay and as far as I know Chelsea isn't too. I spent years being a television producer, doing work I was hired to and guided to do what they wanted. Finally, I made a film without anyone else telling me what to do. I did what I wanted and people have gone wild about it and most validating is that HBO has, also so much that they licensed the film. There was so much love in that room. I just love being in front of the camera and spreading the love to all. They asked me if I was still single. I had to answer vaguely because I receieved beautiful roses from a wonderful man last night who wasn't there. To those who came, thank you so much for joining me and sharing this experience. I make films not for me but for you, to communicate to you, to make laugh and sometimes cry, to share something, to inspire. What good would it be if I was making films just for myself. Chelsea last night was treated like the biggest star. The chef gave her filet mignon in a silver cup. What more can she ask for? She was held, loved, photographed and adored by all. What more can a Diva get? HBO has been wonderful and I have speak specifically about Sara, the executive they have assigned me. She has been so supportive, has put up with all our demands and has just given us lots of love. I did just learn that she was a cat person. She never even revealed that til last night when she mentioned it in her introduction. Well, I have to get going but I just have to thank you all. There is more to come. We will be switching to a blog soon. So you can hit the blog button on the bottom right. And we are now working on the DVD which will be available in a couple of months. And we have the companion book which is being shopped. Also, a newsletter. What would you want in a newsletter? Let us know. Bye and have a great day!

 

Monday, March 7, 2005
Woke up feeling gloomy. Fell asleep last night at 9:30. That's unusual. Saw a wonderful exhibit at the New York Jewish Museum about salons started by women and of course, Gertrude Stein was featured. I'd love to have a Salon...once a week, interesting, talented people gathering to eat and exchange ideas. To me, there is nothing more exciting than bringing great minds together. Chelsea, of course, appreciates a great evening of bark. Did I tell you that a few weeks ago she had birthday party? It turned out it was a pool party but we didn't bring her bathing suit. She went in anyway in her birthday suit. What a swimmer, she is? She loves doing her laps. So, why do I feel gloomy? It's about love and relationships. I met a wonderful man. We clicked from the beginning. Lots of laughter and chemistry. Our romance took off but you might say the timinng is not perfect for him. So, we are on hiatus. I want to give him all the time and space he needs. I only hope I hang in there. I've not been in this situation before. This a big learning curve for me. Chelsea is doing okay, though. She is definitely my anchor. What would I do without her? As eager as she is to have a Daddy, she wants to make sure it's right. I do know that it felt great having a man in my life who was so loving and supportive. I wish him well and as they say, if it's meant to be it will. If not, then it wasn't. This Wednesday night, HBO is hosting up at their place a party and screening of A DOG'S LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY. I have asked the ASPCA and Cabrini Hospice to be co-hosts. Essentially, we put their names on the invite and they invited their people. Boy, do I want to help both of them. Especially Cabrini. Their hospice unit is incredible and Mary Cooke is the director and she is doing a great job. They need financial help. My mind is beginning to wonde as you probably have noticed on to what has to get done. Chelsea is still sleeping. Tomorrow she is hitting the salon to get a full makeover. You know how many times people tell me how beautiful she is and how her face is not like other Shih Tzus. Chelsea does not have a pushed in nose or underbite. She is Black with Caucasian features. Okay, until next time. It might be on the blog. Will keep you posted.
By the way, we in the midst of looking for a publisher for the companion book for the film. If you have any ideas, please email me.

Saturday, March 5, 2005
Okay, I'm now looking into blogs. This will disappear and we will soon have a blog. Any suggestions as to which software to use?
The big news is that A DOG'S LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY will premiere on Cinemax (HBO's channel) March 15th at 7:30 PM. Please watch and write to us. Also, we will be releasing the DVD later on. The version running on Cinemax is 36 minutes but soon to come on the DVD is the extended version with lots of extras. Check out the next issue of NY Dog Magazine. Chelsea and I are featured in it.
We will keep you posted with any other news. Love, appearances, etc.

Chelsea

Saturday, February 26, 2005
Wow. Months have passed since you heard from us. I had a wonderful trip to the west. Celebrated my birthday with LA friends at a Moroccan restaurant. Came back home. Chelsea enjoyed her time with her sister Roxy and her family. January swept by. We are heading to a festival in Tiburon. www.tiburonfilmfestival.com.
So please come in you are in the area. It's just north of San Francisco. I'll be there with my friend.

 

Sunday, December 19, 2004
New York. Last night I had a birthday party. Small and intimate, just the way we like it. When I was born my folks bought a movie camera and started documenting my life. I took this old footage and cut a short piece about my life. I was pretty damm cute. My mother always said hope you have a child just like you. I did. She's just a big hairy. Chelsea. Strong willed, independent, quick and sexy. Holiday plans? Yes, off to Taos for a few days and then to LA for a birthday celebration and to bring in the New Year. Is 2004 over? Wow? Chelsea and I wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I'm in Portland, Oregon visiting an old friend who has moved up here. Nice place. A little rainy but there are cafes with internet access all over the place. Very user friendly. And the politics here suit me. Chelsea is home with her sister Roxy. We just got horrible news that Roxy has lymphona. Anyone have experience with their little canine child having this? Roxy is not Chelsea's real sister but belongs to friends of ours in our building. They love Chelsea and she often hangs out with them. This is so devastating and bizarre. Roxy doesn't look or behave sick. She is filled with spunk but they felt a lump in her throat and then noticed several others. I will search for info on this. Chelsea and I headed down to Florida to celebrate her grandfather's big birthday. 85. And looks pretty damn good.

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Election Day - Bush VS Kerry. Chelsea and I were at the voting booth this morning at 6:30 AM. She was a swing vote but I snagged her. It's Kerry all the way. I believe this election will probably have the largest turn out ever. We shall see.

On a personal note, I had a blind date recently. The first in a long time. Nice guy, handsome, smart, was kind to Chelsea. Was even happy to consider him as just a friend due to our common interests. So this is what happened. We were chatting away or I should say I was chatting away. Chelsea was sitting next to me tucked in her bag with her head sticking out. She enjoyed a little pat on the head from him now and then. Suddenly a woman spotted my date and interrupted us to say hi. She apologized and was gone within seconds. His comment was "Doesn't she look great? Is she with a man?" Come on! What's with you? Were you feeling so comfortable around me that you can share your desires for another woman on our first meeting or were you just concerned about her social life? Okay, that was it. We wrapped up the night soon after. Next. . . Where are you -- my significant other, father of my child, partner, lover, best friend, devotee of Chelsea and moi? I know you are out there but just have a lousy sense of direction and haven't found us yet.


Sunday, October 31, 2004
Happy Halloween! What are you going as? Chelsea is a
Bat.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
It's raining in NY and the weather has gotten cold. This weekend Chelsea and I have the NY Premiere of our film. Click here for details. It's been bought by HBO/Cinemax and they've included in a film series called Frame by Frame. We have a foreign distribution company called Ocule. Check out their site. Pretty neat. There is a 52 minute and 36 minute version. Then there will be a DVD released next year with lots of additional fun and poignant footage. If you are interested in getting it please email and I'll keep you posted when it's available. "Contact me and Chelsea".

Chelsea hasn't been feeling well. Yesterday she was hanging with her best friend Roxy and Roxy's family. I kept getting calls about her throwing up and "shitting" all over. Jane said, "I can't believe how much she shits for a small dog!" That's for sure. I know Chelsea's shit so well. After spending years picking it up you really get familiar with it. You know what I mean. I gave her lots of love last night.

Nothing new in the romance department. I seemed to be completely preoccupied with work. Obsessed might be a better word. Last weekend I took an intensive seminar on marketing. So, soon this site will kick into a money making operation. All links will be either affiliate programs or joint venture. If you have a doggie related business or a business which you think relates to dog lovers and film goers and you want to establish a relationship, please email me. Gotta go! Wishing you a happy day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Chelsea and I flew to San Francisco last Friday for our screening. Since 9/11 she's been a bit on edge about flying. This time she took a pill and was much more relaxed. We stayed at the W Hotel, pretty fancy and dog friendly. Chelsea got the royal treatment--massages, special treats, down pillows covered with satin cases. She wanted a jacuzzi but I had to stop at that point. The screenings went quite well and we got to see old friends. Don't you love when you lose contact with someone and show up back in their life a few years later and they now are married with kids? It's been a great summer.Chelsea and I got to travel quite a bit. Nothing new to report in our love life but quite honestly we are not at all focused on this. We have much work to do. If our guys show, we'll be ready . Lots of love from us. Don't forget to enter the photo contest.

Saturday, September 4, 2004
I'm in New Hampshire with Chelsea. This is God's Land. So beautiful.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
News everyone. Chelsea and I are off to San Francisco. Our film is part of a documentary series. It's playing at the Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco - tel: 415 641-7657
Box office 415 647-2822
Friday, September 10
at 5:00 PM and Saturday, September 11 at 2:30 PM. You can check out the Film Arts website where it says Frame by Frame series and you will see a picture of Chelsea. Click on it and you will get all the details. Please spread the word to all dog lovers and film-goers.

Sunday, August 22, 2004
Chelsea is up in New Hampshire at summer camp. She's with Roxy, her step sister dog. I'm leaving today for a cruise. Not exactly my vacation of choice but I've been invited by a dear friend to join him and his family. They are celebrating a few milestone birthdays. Don't ask!

I have this dislike for Las Vegas. That's probably because I don't to gamble and hate the sound and look of casinos and I'm not big on large variety shows. Cruise ships are like floating "Las Vegas(es)".

The good news we have two stops in Florida and the first one is near my brother. Haven't seen him in more than two years and will get to visit with him and his family. They had twins three years ago. And the next day we have another stop in Florida and I'll get to see my folks. And that day falls on my mother's birthday. Pretty fantastic.

Wouldn't it be great if you could take your little pooch with you on the ship? BTW, this old friend is not a potential future spouse, just in case you were wondering. On paper, he sounds perfect. ER doctor, Jewish, smart, kind, similar roots. He's the first to admit he is commitment phobic. I have to give him credit because he did try marriage once. That's one more time than me.

Before I forget, Chelsea and I will be in San Francisco the weekend of September 10th with our film. We will give you details as to when and where it is screening.

Okay, have to go now. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 12, 2004
Raining on and off in New York.   An old friend from Los Angeles is in town, Jonathan Sack, a brilliant composer.   Keep your eyes out for his name on films. Chelsea loves him.   Jonathan really knows how to give her a good massage. In fact, have to make this brief we are meeting him for breakfast.   More later.

Friday, August 6, 2004
After our screening last Sunday, Chelsea and I took the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard where we were met by our old college buddy, Bob. He’s vacationing there with his wife and kids. It’s beautiful but was hot and muggy with overcast. I was warned of poison ivy so I held Chelsea quite a bit in my arms as we trekked down to the beach. We didn’t last long because a wind came in and we were all chilled. We then took a ride to Oak Bluffs where there are beautiful ginger bread homes with large wrap around porches. I know understand what people mean when they say there is something for everyone on Martha’s Vineyard. Although we didn’t see all the towns from the three we did see, I got the point. It was so humid that everything felt wet and sticky. Air condition is not commonplace on the island and although we were staying in a magnificent home there was no ac. Now I don’t want you to think Chelsea and I are JAPS but we were staying on the lower level and it felt and smelled pretty bad like mildew. The next day we woke and had a delicious local breakfast, Codfish hash with eggs and then headed to the ferry. We made it back to the mainland and drove to a farm in Middleboro to visit another friend for lunch. He’s a composer, owns a record label and has an impressive recording studio, never mind lots of horses. Weather was still hot. About 4 PM on Monday we headed north to New Hampshire to visit Chelsea’s stepparents, Jane and Theresa and her stepsister, Roxy. If you’ve been reading this diary you know that they live in my building in a huge loft and have fallen in love with Chelsea since last year. Chelsea spends more time at their home than at our home because I’m out often. But her new adopted family has a summer home up in Northern New Hampshire in Tamworth and they are gone for three months. So, I promised Chelsea we would go and visit them and that’s where we are now. Actually, they live in a very old, small and charming home that Theresa fixed up with her own two hands. I’ve disappeared early this morning and headed about 40 minutes north to North Conway to sit in a café and collect my thoughts and catch up. Chelsea is home with the gang. Yesterday I did the same and they met me here and we took a little road trip to Jackson and then Mt. Washington Hotel and up to Bethlehem. I love the mountains. This is my kind of terrain. High altitude, fresh air, lakes. I’m in heaven.
Well, gotta go. Lots of love to all.

Sunday, August 1, 2004
Chelsea and I are in Woods Hole, MA at the film festival here. Our finished film, A DOG’S LIFE: A DOGAMENTARY just had its premiere and the audience loved it. It seems to be a real crowd pleaser. We even had one Irish setter attend. He slept through it but his owner says he only sleeps at movies he loves. Will keep you posted of its whereabouts next. Mark your calendars for San Francisco in September. Will give you the exact date soon. Please sign our “guestbook” or email us directly to get on our “emailing list”. Don’t’ worry we don’t give out your info to anyone else and we don’t send many emails out.

Woods Hole for those who don’t know is the place you get the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. It’s pretty damn nice here. The local paper, Falmouth Enterprise, ran a feature story about our film with a large pix. Chelsea is such a publicity hound. She loves to see her face in print, on the big screen, everywhere in fact. She can’t wait till it appears on billboards across America. She’s been pushing me to get her face up on a billboard in Times Square. “Back down, Chelsea. One step at a time. And remember, once you have that kind of fame you also lose your freedom.” Will you guys, tell her that, please? You’ll get there, don’t worry.


Sunday, July 11, 2004
Chelsea and I are heading up to Cape Cod on July 31st. On August 1st our film appears in the Woods Hole Film Festival on the Cap. Woods Hole is part of Falmouth and where you get the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Check out www.woodsholefilmfestival.org or go to "festival screenings" on our site. Please come if you’re in the area and book your ticket now.
Chelsea has an ear infection so she’s on medication. She doesn’t seem to care much about it and wasn’t even scratching it. I noticed something was going on when I was cleaning her ears and one just looked dirtier and wasn’t getting clean. Last weekend Chelsea and I and another friend went for a bike ride. She has her choice where she sits, either in the basket right behind me (I obstruct her view) or in the side basket. She took the side basket this time.
Another beautiful summer day in New York. Gonna hit the pool. Enjoy where ever you are.


Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Please check out the contest page. After much deliberation Chelsea has chosen a new winner. So what’s cookin? The weather is beautiful in New York today. Chelsea is hanging with Roxy. We are both devastated because Roxy is going away to her summer house for three months in New Hampshire. What will we do? We will definitely make a trip up to visit but we are looking for another playmate here in the West Village. Know anyone? We are both beginning to feel depressed. Perhaps me more since I have really haven’t told her how long Roxy’s going for.
Me.. no real news to report. Romantic status the same. Doesn’t seem to bother me. Have a lot on my plate and as you know Chelsea does keep me busy. Just had a haircut yesterday and left looking like Shirley Temple. Not so sure this is the look for a grown woman. They were working with my natural curl. Chelsea didn’t recognize me when I came home. She thought I was a poodle and couldn’t stop barking. I had to bark back so she’d know it was me. Chelsea probably wouldn’t appreciate me talking about her bowel movements so don’t tell her I told you the following. She is a big shitter for a little dog. Someone said she was prolific. If only I was as prolific a writer as she was a shitter. It is pretty amazing to see what comes out of her and how often. Any of you Shih Tzu parents out there have a similar story about your kid? More … later. Enjoy the summer. Will keep you posted. And remember sign the guest book and you’ll be kept update regarding screenings, press, merchandise, love life and so on.

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