The 1st Annual NY Cat Film Festival™ is a medley of short films – documentary and narrative – that honor the mysterious felines, who have fascinated mankind for centuries and continue to enchant us.
Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people – even when living independently as community cats. This festival celebrates that attachment, while giving back to animal welfare groups that protect cats and elevate their status in the world.
Ten percent of all ticket sales will go to Fix Our Ferals, whose mission is to humanely end overpopulation of cats and dogs in San Francisco’s East Bay. They make spay/neuter accessible and affordable for cats and dogs cared for by the members of the public and rescue organizations.
PROGRAM #1 “NOBODY OWNS A CAT” (60 minutes)
Pure Fluff (4:00) Sean Skelton’s documentary sketch of a professional cat groomer in New York City, who shows how to tackle this combative challenge. Reunion (9:00) Megan Lohne’s tale of an animal psychic, who works his magic on grieving pet parents mourning their cat. Rescue (2:00) Filmmaker Lava Sheets’s self-portrait of the isolation and depression of a disabled woman, who realizes her devoted kitty, Apple Brown Betty, is consoling her. Jetty Cats (32:00) Sheila O’Rourke’s sweeping overview of cats throughout human history, looks at a long-surviving feral cat colony on a seaside jetty in Southern California and explores the debate about Trap-Neuter-Return as the best management for community cats. Winter Break (5:00) Rick Hamilton’s look at the thoughts of a school teacher who has only her cat for company during winter break. Amleto (2:00) Jeff Malmberg’s visual “poem” to the morning ritual of a Tuscan cat. Mittens from Kittens (4:00) Kim Best’s documentary shows how one woman was inspired by the nuisance of cat hair into spinning and knitting it into useful items.
PROGRAM #2 “LITTLE WORKS OF ART” (61 minutes)
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.” Akamatsu the Cat (10:00) Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary about life with a disabled kitty cat, Akamatsu, who was 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 gives a funny peek at an imagined New Jersey “cat fighting ring” run by little old ladies. Guardians of Recoleta (21:00) Blake & Adrienne Kuhre (who run their own non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles) examine the community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of some kitties removed by well-meaning American rescuers. Gus the Cat (5:00) Lisa Donato’s quirky film about Gus, a man who seems to think he is a cat. Scaredy, the Cat (8:00) Markie Hancock’s heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who was adopted at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park but avoids everyone except for a few choice people whom she eagerly greets.