Internet Cat Video Festival SOLD OUT!

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Cat Sitting In A Chair — Internet Cat Video Festival (Photo:

Believe it or not, it was more difficult to procure tickets to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, than anyone expected.  Certainly, for Joel Shepard, video curator of the center, it was a surprise. Seven screenings completely sold out with people seeking tickets via Craigslist and emailing Shepard pleading for his assistance at gaining admission.

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Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival (Courtesy Walker Art Center)

The Internet Cat Video Festival, a cacaphony of online cat videos was curated by Will Braden of the Walker Art Center, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos, put together a collection that ran the gamut from the small (Vine videos) to the dramatic, including documentaries, and just about everything else in between.  The presentation of over 100 videos was full of laughs, oohs, and aahs, and, of course, the disappointment of those who could not partake directly.

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Purrkour – Didga the Parkour Cat, by CATMANTOO (Courtesy Walker Art Center)

However, not to let those who needed a good cat fix out in the rain, there were festivities to be enjoyed by those who were among the fortunate, holding tickets, and those who were not with a variety of feline-centric activities.  Among the offerings were Whisker Sour and Cat Nip cocktails, cat astrology readings, Chronicle Books with a Cattoo Parlor, and a presentation by The Cat Museum of San Francisco of Felines on Film. Perhaps most importantly, Animal Care and Control of San Francisco were on-site with cat adoptions on the Saturday.

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Martha Fehrman and Rachel Lepkowski post a photo of themselves on Instagram during the Internet Cat Video Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, January 24, 2016 (Photo: Scott Strazzante, The Chronicle)

For all the oddball and not-so-oddball videos that were central to the event, it seems that there may be a future in such cat-focused festivals.  If nothing else, if it encourages one new adoption, or perhaps someone learns through the astrologist that their cat has specific sign-based reasons for some of her preferences, then it would appear it is all good.  Then again, when is anything related to cats anything but?

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