The Cat-vant Garde Film Show
Cats make a natural subject for avant-garde filmmakers, who often film in domestic settings and are drawn to the feline’s contemplative, enigmatic, and photogenic nature. This selection, in the spirit of the first avant-garde cat film festival Intercat, which took place in 1969—long before cats took over the Internet—shows that cats inspired some of the masters of experimental film, including Stan Brakhage (Nightcats, Cat’s Cradle), Joyce Weiland (Catfood), Pola Chapelle (How to Draw a Cat), and many more.
Nightcats (Stan Brakhage, 1956, 16mm, 8 mins.)
Cat’s Cradle (Stan Brakhage, 1959, 16mm, 6 mins.)
Max (Stan Brakhage, 2002, 16mm, 4 mins.)
Airshaft (Ken Jacobs, 1967, 16mm, 4 mins.)
Ophelia/The Cat Lady (Tom Chomont, 1969, 3 mins.)
Two Cats (James Fotopoulos, 1999, 1 min.)
Catfood (Joyce Wieland, 1968, 16mm, 13 mins.)
Zip-Tone-Cat-Tune (Bill Brand, 1972, 16mm, 8 mins.)
How to Draw a Cat (Pola Chapelle, 1973, 16mm, 3 mins.)
Cat’s Amore (Martha Colburn, 2001, 16mm, 3 mins.)
If This Ain’t Heaven (Roberta Cantow, 1984, 16mm, 28 mins.)
Psycho Pussy Slaughter (Kat Bauer, 2007, digital projection, 10 mins.)
Death Love (Kat Bauer, 2015, 16mm, 8 mins.)
Please note: The screening of The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid and Maya Deren, 1947, 16mm., 22 mins.) has been postponed to a later date.
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