Once In A Lifetime

“We Don’t Find The Dogs We Want;
The Dogs We Need Find Us.”

About Once In A Lifetime

Once In A Lifetime” is a documentary series exploring the human-canine bond told through the lens of the ongoing emotionally-charged and controversial past surrounding pit bull dogs.

Using home video shot during their time spent together, it chronicles the unique relationship between a dog named Preston, who was confiscated from a home where he allegedly was used for dogfighting, and his filmmaker human, Jeff.

Dogs are widely considered (hu)man’s best friend. Throughout history they have served a number of purposes; assisting us in both working roles such as farming and hunting, as well as for companionship.

But, since the 1980s one breed or type of dog has been at the center of political wars and declared a danger to the public if not appropriately regulated. They are said to be the most common dog found in dogfighting raids, and the primary villain singled-out in laws called breed specific legislation.

The dogs we are talking about are oftentimes simply called – Pit Bulls.


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Pitch Video

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A Love story told through the lens of the politics of pit bull dogs

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The Dog

On July 6, 2006, three dogs – including Preston, were taken from a home in Akron, Ohio by humane investigators during a drug bust where it was alleged they were being used for dogfighting. They were taken to the local humane society where they were kept as evidence for the case.

Things were grim for dogs like them in those days, and especially for dogs who came with suspected dogfighting backgrounds.

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The Filmmaker

My name is Jeff Theman, and I am the human behind River Fire Films. For over 45 years there has been two primary constants in my life – an inherent love for dogs and art.

From the moment I was able to pick up a pencil and put it to paper, I knew I’d spend the rest of my life creating things. From drawing and painting, to creative writing and photography, one form of artistic expression led to another and another, and so on and so forth. Nowadays, I spend the majority of my time as an independent filmmaker. But, above all, I am a story-teller.

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“Once In A Lifetime” Pitch Video
“Once In A Lifetime” | Pitch Video

Watch the above pitch video to learn about the events that forced this film project into existence.

“Remembering Preston” Promotional Video
“Remembering Preston” | Promotional Video

Watch the above promotional video titled – “Remembering Preston“, to hear from those who knew Preston.

“12 Years in 2 Minutes” Promotional Video
“12 Years In 2 Minutes” | Promotional Video

Watch the above promotional video titled – “12 Years In 2 Minutes“, to get a glimpse at Preston’s life.

“October 4th” Promotional Video
“October 4th” | Promotional Video

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