The fur will be flying March 10 at A/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem when it screens Cat Video Fest 2019 – which is exactly what it sounds like: A collection of “found feline footage” celebrating cats of all shapes, sizes and breeds, produced by Will Braden, who also composed the musical score. Cats at play, cats at rest, cats that behave, cats that don’t. All cats, all the time. As the end credits proclaim: “All praise to our feline overlords!”
“We screened the Cat Video Fest a few years back, and it was huge, so I’ve been waiting for another program to be released so we can do it again,” said Lawren Desai, executive director and curator of A/perture Cinema. “Cat videos are huge, and people just love them.”
The theater will also be doing a cat photo contest and displaying the submissions in the gallery. For more information about that, check out the website. A portion of ticket sales for the event will benefit Forgotten Felines of Forsyth, “which does amazing and often unknown work to help cats in the area,” she said.
Bronwyn Lane, a dedicated volunteer at Forgotten Felines of Forsyth, said the organization “was formed in 2004 by a group of people with extensive animal rescue experience who saw a need in the community to get the community cat population under control. Fundraising for feral cats is pretty hard because we don’t foster or adopt cats out, so there are no cats people can come see, and no adoption fees to provide for expenses. Events like Cat Video Fest or the street cat documentary Kedi – which A/perture was also kind enough to partner with us when the opportunity came around – really help boost our exposure and raise a good amount of money to help community cats. In addition to fund-raising events, we also take donations through our website and participate in the Amazon Smile program.
“Even today, the majority of animals euthanized at shelters are feral cats, which makes ‘TNR’ (Trap-Neuter-Return) such an essential tool in controlling homeless pet populations and reducing euthanasia rates at shelters, including Forsyth County’s,” she explained. “I started volunteering in 2012 when I received assistance with a feral colony behind the office building where I work.”
As Lane noted, the partnership with A/perture has been a successful one. “I had originally contacted Lawren three years ago about renting a theater for a fundraiser screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox,” she recalled. “In the middle of our making arrangements for that, Lawren said they had an opportunity to do a screening of the Cat Video Festival and asked if we would like to partner up with them for that instead. Of course, we agreed, because it was more relevant to our work. Together, FFF (Forgotten Felines of Forsyth) and A/perture put together a three-day screening event of the festival, and it was a huge success, so we’re really happy we have the opportunity again this year.”
“Being a part of this event is a no-brainer,” Desai said. “It’s a great way to have a little fun for a good cause. Because we are ourselves a charity, we like to support other groups when it makes sense for us to, and doing an event like this is just one of the ways we’ve found to do that.”
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Cat Video Fest 2019 will be screened 3 p.m. Sunday (March 10) at A/perture Cinemas, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $12.50 (adults) and $6.50 (children). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.722.8148 or visit the website. For more information regarding Forgotten Felines of Forsyth, visit the official website. For more information about Cat Video Fest 2019, check out the website.