Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cat Video Fest 2019 Set for Row House Cinema

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cat Video Fest 2019 Set for Row House Cinema

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Pittsburgh is one of 150 U.S. and Canadian cities to get the Cat Video Fest 2019. It's March 10-21 at the Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville, (15201).

Before the 6 p.m. opening night screening of a 70-minute compilation of cat videos, adoptable cats will attend in the care of Frankie's Friends and Black Cat Market. Humane Animal Rescue will bring cats on March 15.

In each city, local rescues will get some of the proceeds. In Pittsburgh that will be Frankie's Friends and Humane Animal Rescue.

Go to rowhousecinema.com for times and dates of Cat Video Fest and to order tickets, which are $8 for afternoon shows and $10 in the evenings. Some dates are already sold out, so check the website.

If there's a world record for the person who has spent the most time watching cat videos, Will Braden of Seattle would be a strong contender. The graduate of the Seattle Film Institute has been "curator" of Cat Video Fest since 2015. Last year he watched 18,000 cat videos to cull 115 winners for the fest. See his website, catvideofest.com, to learn how to submit a video that could make your cat a star.

Mr. Braden, 39, won the Golden Kitty Award at a cat video fest in 2012 in Minneapolis. Henri, a tuxedo cat adopted from a shelter, starred in Mr. Braden's entry and in many other videos on the internet as well as a 2013 best-selling book "Henri, Le Chat Noir" (the black cat.) Mr. Braden's current cat is Nin, adopted from a shelter.

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