Tickets for each program are $10, $8 for Modern members. Purchase tickets online at www.themodern.org/films/ or in person at the Modern’s admission desk during operating hours. Films are shown in the Modern’s auditorium.
The NY Cat Film Festival™, scheduled for Saturday, May 26, has one program with two show times, 11 am and 2 pm. The NY Dog Film Festival™, scheduled for Saturday, June 2, has two programs. One program has two show times, at 11 am and 3 pm, and the additional program will be screened at 1 pm.
The NY Cat Film Festival™ – Saturday, May 26
The NY Cat Film Festival™ is a medley of short films – documentary and narrative – that honor the mysterious felines who have fascinated mankind for centuries and continue to enchant us. Cats have their own unique and indescribable bond with people – even when living independently as community cats. This festival celebrates that attachment while giving back to animal welfare groups that protect cats and elevate their status.
Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Winn Feline Foundation and Animal Hope.
11 am and 2 pm
(Total running time: 119 minutes, plus intermission)
Sean Skelton’s documentary is a sketch of a professional cat groomer in New York City who shows how to tackle this combative challenge.
Megan Lohne’s tale of an animal psychic who works his magic on grieving pet parents mourning their cat.
Filmmaker Lava Sheets’s self-portrait of the isolation and depression of a disabled woman who realizes her devoted kitty, Apple Brown Betty, is consoling her.
Sheila O’Rourke’s sweeping overview of cats throughout human history looks at a long-surviving feral cat colony on a seaside jetty in Southern California and explores the debate about Trap-Neuter-Return as the best management for community cats.
Rick Hamilton’s look at the thoughts of a school teacher who has only her cat for company during winter break.
Jeff Malmberg’s visual “poem” to the morning ritual of a Tuscan cat.
MITTENS FOR KITTENS
Kim Best’s documentary shows how one woman was inspired by the nuisance of cat hair into spinning and knitting it into useful items.
LITTLE WORKS OF ART
Kim Best’s look at Harold “Cat Man” Sims and his self-styled American Museum of the House Cat in Sylva, NC, which houses more than 10,000 cat-related objects and honors cats as “little works of art.”
AKAMATSU THE CAT
Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary about life with a disabled kitty cat, Akamatsu, who was paralyzed but went on to live another four vibrant years with the use of a wheelchair.
PORTRAIT OF A CAT FIGHTER
Graceann Dorse’s mockumentary gives a funny peek at an imagined New Jersey “cat fighting ring” run by little old ladies.
GUARDIANS OF RECOLETA
Blake and Adrienne Kuhre (who run their own non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles) examine the community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of some kitties removed by well-meaning American rescuers.
GUS THE CAT
Lisa Donato’s quirky film about Gus, a man who seems to think he is a cat.
SCAREDY, THE CAT
Markie Hancock’s heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who was adopted at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park but avoids everyone except for a few choice people whom she eagerly greets.
The NY Dog Film Festival™ – June 2, 2018
The NY Dog Film Festival™ is a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people, offering dog lovers a shared audience experience of canine-themed films from around the world that inspire, educate and entertain about the human-canine bond.
Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Saving Hope Foundation.
WHO RESCUED WHOM? (Total running time: 74 minutes)
11 am and 3 pm
FOR THE LOVE OF DOG
Kylie Cushman documents British dog owners describing the love they have for their canine companions, resulting in an endearing commentary on the way dogs improve our day-to-day lives.
In Jacob Frey’s animated story, a young video-game-obsessed boy is given a dog in an attempt to get him out of the house, eventually changing his outlook on life with a surprising ending.
A touching documentary about an Australian couple whose pack of disabled dogs “carries on regardless.”
AWESOME LIVING WITH ANDY
Made by sisters Patricia Denys and Mary Holmes, a documentary tribute to their darling disabled dog, Andy, who does just fine in his canine “wheelchair.”
DOGS IN THE PEN
Penelope Laurence’s documentary of a special program offered to female inmates to train shelter dogs as service animals.
John Kim’s powerful animated film about canine loyalty.
Elle Marsh’s documentary about the delightfully odd ways that dogs are part of life in Melbourne, Australia.
A happy-endings documentary by Kacey Klonsky about senior dogs.
IF I COULD TALK
Ben Moon on the appreciation of a rescued dog.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE WITH DOGS (Total running time: 77 minutes)
MY TRAIL DOG
Dean Leslie’s lyrical look at a man who is a loner who runs the Alps for the joy of it with his dogs, his closest companions.
Ben Moon honors Denali, his husky-pit mix.
WALKIES IN THE WIND
Charming animated film by Toby Mattison.
The most fearlessly athletic little dog you’ll ever meet.
ONE MAN & HIS DOG
Dean Saffron’s look at one Australian man’s joyous skate-boarding lifestyle with his Samoyed.
THE MYSTERY OF THE ARCTIC CAIRN
John Huston’s thrilling documentary follows a team of intrepid explorers and their four tempestuous Inuit sled dogs as they set out into the icy wilderness of the Canadian Arctic.
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