NY CAT FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
PROGRAM #1 "NOBODY OWNS A CAT" (70 minutes)
Pure Fluff (5:00) Sean Skelton’s documentary sketch of a professional cat groomer, who shows how it’s done. Winter Break (5:00) Rick Hamilton’s funny story of a preschool teacher who has only her cat for company during winter break. Jetty Cats (56:00) Sheila O'Rourke’s sweeping overview of cats throughout human history, while exploring the contemporary debate about Trap-Neuter-Return as the best management for community cats by looking at a long-surviving feral cat colony on a seaside jetty in Southern California. Amleto (2:00) Jeff Malmberg’s visual “poem” to the morning ritual of a Tuscan cat.
PROGRAM #2 "LITTLE WORKS OF ART" (68 minutes)
Rescue (2:00) Filmmaker Lava Sheets’s self-portrait of the isolation and depression of being disabled, imagining the consoling thoughts of her devoted kitty, Apple Brown Betty. Akamatsu the Cat (10:00) Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary about life with a disabled kitty cat, Akamatsu, who was hit by a car and paralyzed but went on to live another 4 vibrant years with the use of a wheelchair . Portrait of a Cat Fighter (4:00) Graceann Dorse’s mockumentary spoof gives a funny peek at what a New Jersey “cat fighting ring” run by mahjong-playing old ladies might look like. Guardians of Recoleta (21:00) Blake & Adrienne Kuhre (who run their own non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles) examined the community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of the cats removed by well-meaning American rescuers. Gus the Cat (5:00) Lisa Donato’s quirky film about Gus, who seems to think he is a cat and can hide his identity from others, although the people around him can see right through his mask. Mittens from Kittens (4:00) Kim Best’s quirky documentary showing how one woman’s nusiance cat fur is another woman’s inspriation to spin and knit it into useful items. Scaredy, the Cat (8:00) Markie Hancock’s heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who avoids everyone where she was adopted - at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park- except for a few choice people whom she eagerly greets. Little Works of Art (13:00) Kim Best ‘s look at Harold "Cat Man" Sims' and his self-styled American Museum of the House Cat in Sylva, NC, which houses over 10,000 cat-related objects and honors cats as "little works of art." In addition, it supports Sims’ own no-kill, open space cat shelter and adoption efforts.