Director Gorman Bechard is best known for his music documentaries like "Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements" and "What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf Live at Cat's Cradle." He's currently in post-production on his next music doc, "Who Is Lydia Loveless?", which chronicles Columbus' own breakout artist.

Director Gorman Bechard is best known for his music documentaries like "Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements" and "What Did You Expect? The Archers of Loaf Live at Cat's Cradle." He's currently in post-production on his next music doc, "Who Is Lydia Loveless?", which chronicles Columbus' own breakout artist.

But it's a different kind of documentary that brings Bechard to Columbus this Thursday. Studio 35 will play host to the Ohio premiere of his "A Dog Named Gucci," a look at some heart-wrenching tales of dog abuse that sparked a movement to toughen criminal punishments for the crime.

"After three rock docs I really wanted to do something that made a difference in the world," Bechard said. "And (my wife and I) have such a passion for dogs, which grew out of a love for our own shelter dogs. It just seemed like the natural progression."

"Gucci" centers on an abuse case that made headlines in Alabama and tells its tale through a collage of interviews. It's not an easy film for a dog lover to watch, but it stirs passions and acts as a call to action. "It shows that we need to be the voice for animals, and we can each make a huge difference in the world," said Bechard. "We have the ability to change laws. But we need to step up, to speak up."

Bechard will attend Thursday's premiere - as will the parents of Nitro, an Ohio dog whose story is also featured - and participate in a post-show Q&A.

As for the forthcoming Loveless doc, there's currently a Kickstarter to help cover the cost of post-production and final tweaks, but Bechard already can't contain his excitement. "The film rocks," he said. "I love this movie. It's hands-down my favorite of my rock docs."