Ben Moon is an Oregon based photographer and filmmaker. In June 2015 his production company, Moonhouse, created a short film about a very personal subject — his journey with colorectal cancer and a touching goodbye to his devoted dog Denali. The viral documentary received 15 million views online and won the Best of Festival and People's Choice awards at the 2015 5Point Film Festival.
“There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.” — Ben Moon
Ben wrote this tribute on his Facebook page last February, “Three years ago today, I said goodbye to my best friend Denali. This amazing dog was at my side for 14 1/2 years, and his steady friendship gave me the strength and courage to stand on my own… this film honors his memory in a way that I am forever grateful for.”
Dogs certainly have a way of knowing us unlike any other. It feels good to be reminded in such a beautiful way of what's really important in life. This video will leave you teary-eyed, it’s one of the most powerful films I've ever seen. Have some tissues handy when you watch this film about Denali.
In an interview on National Geographic with Mary Anne Potts, Ben shared an update on his life as a cancer survivor, the gifts of life shared with a dog and introduces his new pup, Nori. Ben said in the interview, "On her very first day, we brought her home to the beach, and I later realized it was the same place that Denali spent his last days. It’s amazing how things come full circle."