Photo Gallery | Crazy cat lovers unite for film festival on V-Day
Written by: Lindsey Brown and Kelsey Jacobson
Valentine's Day dates and viral Internet cat videos. Two things that are normally done in intimate settings.
Thursday night at the Brooks Museum of Art, a packed auditorium spent what is "supposed" to be a romantic night laughing until their jaws hurt.
The Internet Cat Video Festival made its way to Memphis from its home museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It was an hour of one cat video after another. Some funny, others strange, but there was definitely something for everyone who attended -- and it made for a unique Valentine's date, no doubt.
"It is also what happens when you take something that is an online experience, usually something that you are kind of privately looking at your phone watching a video or on your laptop, or at work when you're supposed to be working, and what happens when you take it offline and people come together to watch these together which is interesting to us," said Scott Stulen, film festival organizer.
There was more than just just the cat video film festival though. Before and after the two showings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., those in attendance could enjoy specialty cat-themed cocktails or participate in any of the cat-related art projects, which were purr-fect for all ages.
The film and festival were created at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center.
The last seven videos played at the festival were a countdown to the video that was nominated to the festival by the most people.
The video, entitled "Henri 2, Paw de Deux", earned the Golden Kitty Award from the festival. The man who uploaded the winning video to YouTube is a filmmaker from Seattle, who has since signed a book deal and has made appearances on the Today Show and Good Morning America -- all because of his viral cat video.
As a proud mommy of "Bridget the cat", Action News 5's Lindsey Brown loved the event. She couldn't imagine a better way to spend what can be a lonely night, than giggling at the silly antics of adorable and funny felines.
In case you weren't able to attend the sold out event, the Walker Art Center put together a YouTube channel of all the videos that were shown during the festival, click here to see that channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC0B137D835A3C970
To watch the video that earned the Golden Kitty Award, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M&list=PLC0B137D835A3C970&index=79