KittyKind Inc, an all-volunteer animal welfare organization and one of the oldest cat adoption groups in New York City, will be hosting a farewell screening of the wildly popular Walker Internet Cat Video Festival June 29th and 30th. Produced by Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, the Internet Cat Video Festival began in 2012 as a “communal experience” for fans of the online phenomenon of viral cat videos. What resulted is nothing short of a sensation. After beginning an international tour in 2013, the Walker Internet Cat Video Festival has attracted crowds of tens of thousands around the world for four straight years.
Unfortunately, KittyKind’s screening of the Internet Cat Video Festival, which will take place at Anthology Film Archives from 7:30 to 9:30pm on Wednesday June 29th and Thursday June 30th, is the last time the Walker Internet Cat Video Festival will ever be in New York City. “We think that cat videos will live on without us, and we’re really excited for other people to take up the mantle and program their own festivals,” Walker Art Center design director Emmet Byrne told the Star Tribune earlier this year.
The Walker Internet Cat Video Festival is a 70 minute compilation of videos curated by Will Braden, creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos, and includes the most touching, hilarious and artistic internet cat videos of our time. There will be complimentary beverages, wine, and hors d’oeuvres following the screening, from 9 to 9:30pm. Hors d’oeuvres are generously provided by East Village favorite Lil’ Frankie’s. All ages are welcome and cat attire is strongly encouraged! Proceeds of this screening will benefit KittyKind and provide life-saving support for cats awaiting adoption. Tickets can be purchased at kittykind.org/film.
Though New York City is saying goodbye to the Walker Internet Cat Video Festival, the Walker Art Museum has donated its internet cat archives to the Minneapolis Historical Society and rumors of the next phase in the festival’s life (a new CatVidFest) are already purr-collating. Says KittyKind President Marianne Mathieu, “KittyKind experiences how powerful the love of cats can be in uniting the community every day. We are honored the Walker Art Center has chosen us as a partner for the farewell tour of the Internet Cat Video Festival. The Internet Cat Video Festival will help us to save many animal lives. We know there are exciting things in store for these incredible internet cat archives in the future.”
To learn more visit http://www.kittykind.org or call KittyKind at 212-726-2652.