“The Dogs of Lexington,” which was shot by Oklahoma City Community College film students, takes viewers inside the prison and tells the stories of the dogs and the inmates, illustrating how the program changes lives. Mellott said that, like so many people who have been exposed to the Friends For Folks program, he came away from the experience of making the documentary a true believer.
“The combination of seeing how these men were treating the animals and then hearing them speak about what they do, and how they feel about the program ... it's just that everyone we were talking to who was in this program seemed so insightful about themselves,” Mellott said. “I came away from my first time there, without cameras, thinking that they've made progress. I'd hire any one of these people.
“It's about taking a heart that's hard and softening it,” he said.