Has the Bay Area become the crazy cat lady of the West Coast? I’m asking because this Saturday there are not one but TWO feline-centric video festivals being held here -- one in Oakland, the other in San Francisco -- and both are aiming to be massive celebrations of the Internet’s flagship product, the cat video.
San Francisco’s Roxie Theater is hosting a cat video festival so big it has intergalactic in the title. Organized by Roxie Theater programmer Mike Keegan and SF Sketchfest’s operations manager Jay Wertzler, the First Annual San Francisco Intergalactic Film & Video Feline Festival for Humans (SFIFFAVFFH) will consist of 12 hours of cat videos shown on the big screen, the intended medium for many of the pieces being shown at the festival. Broken into three acts, highlighted works from the festival include the world “purr-miere” (their word, not mine) of Cat Agent, a series of an animated shorts from Kent Osborne of Adventure Time, and clips from found footage curators “Everything Is Terrible,” credited with bringing So Your Cat Wants A Massage? to the Internet-using public.
Across the Bay in Oakland, the East Bay SPCA will be holding its second annual Save a Kitten at OakCatVidFest, an event that mixes the Bay Area's love of cat videos with the desire of its residents to save every lonely kitty living in a shelter. Along with a curated selection of cat videos provided by the Minneapolis-based Walker Art Center and shown on the 100'x100' Great Wall of Oakland, the festival will include opportunities to adopt homeless kitty kats and create feline-inspired art in its "Cativity" section.
(It should be noted that last year's OakCatVidFest was so popular, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan declared that day to be "Internet Cat Video Day.")