“Footprints,” an engaging true story about the power of love to transform lives, will premiere Friday, Sept. 9 at a theater in Florida and four throughout New England including the local Flagship Cinema on Route 1, where it will play for one week only.

“Footprints” is the first film released by New Shepherd Films, an independent Christian film company based in Swansea, Mass., and is directed by cofounder Jim Huggins. It was filmed in 13 cities and towns across Massachusetts and Rhode Island and involved a cast and crew of more than 500 people. “Footprints” is a true story of recovery involving an abused and unadoptable German Shepherd dog named Cadie. The producers cast 11 German Shepherds for this film, seven of which were rescued dogs including the lead canine chosen to portray Cadie.

Based on a true story, the film tells the tale of a man who finds the healing power of love only after he has lost everything he valued and a dog who learned to trust and serve only after she had been abused and discarded as worthless. They each take a journey that neither knew would bring them together and along the way, they experience the transformation of being unwanted to becoming cherished. In the process, they impact lives around them in ways no one could have imagined.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.