After the annual premiere in New York City, Tracie Hotchner takes the NY Cat Film Festival around the country each year, showing two different film programs. The NY Dog Film Festival programs will screen the day after at every destination.
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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.
*Programming subject to change