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From 20 October ACMI Cinemas and MPavilion co-present Heart of a Dog, featuring musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson ruminating on love, loss and her beloved dog, Lolabelle, who passed away in 2011. Anchoring the film through the death of her rat terrier, Anderson creates a unique dream-like essay stitched together by stories from a variety of sources. From her childhood to Buddhist teachings about the afterlife, to thoughtful reflections on data collection. Featuring artwork created by Anderson, such as violin compositions, hand-drawn animation and 8mm home movies, Heart of a Dog sees the artist delve into her own life and creativity to explore the nature of storytelling and how it helps to give people’s lives meaning.Paying tribute to a wide range of artistic influences, Anderson incorporates contributions from her late friend and sculptor Gordon Matta-Clark, author David Foster Wallace, and her late husband Lou Reed, whose music concludes the film.