In conjunction with our second annual presentation of the Walker Art Center’s touring Internet Cat Video Festival, we pounce on the opportunity to screen some of our favorite cat-centric films leading up to the Festival! First up, Studio Ghibli’s excellent Kiki’s Delivery Service, featuring a novitiate witch and her talking cat. Following that, we screen the late French cine-essayist Chris Marker’s The Case of the Grinning Cat, a witty and thought-provoking piece that reflects on French politics, art, culture and more at the start of the 21st century while tracing the mysterious appearances of a cartoonish grinning cat throughout the streets of Paris. Valentine’s Day brings a screening of Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante, widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, featuring a houseboat overrun with cats; cats also overrun the overgrown estate of Grey Gardens, from cinema verité masters, the Maysles brothers, shown in a new digital restoration. Finally, François Truffaut’s delightful Day for Night, about the filmmaking process itself, features a memorable feline cameo not to be missed!
The latest edition of the Internet Cat Video Festival will feature approximately 100 cat videos culled from nominations by the public in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animated, Musical, Action, Vintage, and Documentary. Audience members will be encouraged to prrrrr on their favorites as part of this super entertaining interactive evening that will include kitty cat trivia and prizes, an on-screen parade of patrons’ own favorite felines, and a complimentary sequined cat mask for everyone! Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening will be Asst. Prof. Leah Shafer ’94/’99/’08 (Media and Society, Hobart & William Smith College) who has written about the popularity of cat videos on the Internet (her “Cat Videos and the Aesthetics of the Superfurry” is forthcoming in Film Criticism). She will be joined by Bruce Kornreich, Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the Cornell Feline Health Center, for the pre-show activities. The Internet Cat Video Festival is produced and curated by the Walker Art Center. Cosponsored with the Cornell Feline Health Center.