The NY Cat Film Festival will be Here. along with No One’s Allergic to Movies.


Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary “Akamatsu the Cat” focuses on the filmmaker’s tender care of a disabled pet.

Ian Christopher Goodman

Don’t expect a big, scene-stealing role for Grumpy Cat, the pet whose scowling face launched a thousand internet memes. Or for Lil Bub, Maru or those many various other YouTube feline celebrities.

The first NY Cat Film Festival will be very much its own animal.

Tracie Hotchner, the festival’s founder, regards online pet videos with about as much enthusiasm as a cat might display for a week-old untended litter box. “I find which their intention will be mostly to laugh at, along with make fun of, the animals,” she said in a telephone interview. Her festival, which debuts at the SVA Theater in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, features two programs of short films, ranging in length by two minutes to nearly an hour. They are made, she said, “with intelligence.”

“The intention,” Ms. Hotchner added, “will be to illuminate who cats are along with how they fit into our world. along with which illumination will be not about cuteness.”

A Vermont author along with public-radio host, Ms. Hotchner began the favorite NY Dog Film Festival in 2015. (the item follows on Sunday.) although with all due respect to man’s best friend, This particular year’s cat festival tickets have been outselling their canine counterparts three to one, even though, as the title of the first cat program says, “Nobody Owns a Cat.” Witness the hostile customers in Sean Skelton’s “Pure Fluff.” Made several years ago, the item follows Howard Bedor, a professional cat groomer, on his Manhattan house calls. (Mr. Bedor has since died.)

This particular will be not to say which the festival’s 12 films stint on tenderness. Lava Sheets’s autobiographical documentary, “Rescue,” focuses on a sweet-natured pet consoling a disabled owner, while Ian Christopher Goodman’s autobiographical documentary, “Akamatsu the Cat,” focuses on a sweet-natured owner consoling a disabled pet.

Akamatsu the Cat: 10-minute documentary Video by Ian Christopher Goodman

The festival’s true stars, however, don’t live in anyone’s home. Sheila Gail O’Rourke’s “Jetty Cats” gives a historical overview of animal rights while documenting its title subjects, feral along with abandoned cats occupying a Southern California jetty. (A warning to parents: There are several disturbing images.) The film examines the T.N.R. (Trap, Neuter, Return) movement, which aims to catch along with neuter such animals along with rerelease them.

Jetty Cats Trailer Video by Sheila Gail O’Rourke

which practice has fueled debate, along with another documentary, “Guardians of Recoleta,” by Blake along with Adrienne Kuhre, explores an alternative. The film looks at feral cats in Buenos Aires, particularly the doted-on “guardians” of a major tourist attraction, the Recoleta Cemetery. Well-meaning Americans take some of the cats to Chicago, converting them to indoor pets, with decidedly mixed results.

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