Young and Hungry

New Documentary Looks at the Struggle of D.C.’s Hot Dog Vendors

The plight of D.C. hot dog vendors has been a hot-button issue amid the growth of the food truck scene and new vending regulations. Now, it's also the subject of a documentary seeking funding on Kickstarter.

The film, Dog Days, traces the partnership between a veteran hot dog vendor struggling to make ends meet and an unemployed entrepreneur looking to help sidewalk vendors find new ways to compete. Filmmakers Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby spent four years following Siyone, a cart operator and East African refugee, and Coite Manuel, a former industrial engineer who started a business called Food Chain to supply carts with gourmet options other than hot dogs.

The filmmakers, who won a student Academy Award for the documentary As We Forgive, have already spent $200,000 of their own money on the project. Now, they are trying to crowdsource an additional $30,000 for to help pay for post-production elements like editing, music, and graphics.

Check out the trailer above and the Kickstarter page here.