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Visually Appealing: STL’s Contemporary Art Museum Wants Your Cat Videos

Felines are fickle subjects when it comes to video (and almost everything else).

The reclusive stars that rule my home scoff at commands to do something cute for the camera. Plus, their 23-hour-a-day sleep schedule leaves only a small window for any possible action shots of bathing, eating or chasing the elusive red dot. What would Frank Capra do?

Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio
Sam and Max show zero interest in a film career.

Even if you’re not a big-time director, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis wants to see your attempts at cat videos. It’s part of CAM’s July 18-19 Cat Video Festival,in conjunction with Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center.

Videos are limited to one minute in length. Submissions must be in by midnight, Monday, July 7. All entries will be shared online July 8-13. The winning selection will be announced July 15 and will screen both nights of the festival. The chosen videographer will get in free with a guest. More submission rules are available on the CAM website.

The festival offers an immersion into the art of film meow. It will feature a 73-minute compilation of internet-favorite cat videos including the popular Grumpy Cat. The elegant Henri will make an appearance as will other cats who are simply ornery.

Cat costumes are encouraged but actual cats are not allowed (see: herding). Pre-screening activities will include face-painting and creating upcycled cat toys. A cash bar is available and catty conversation is to be expected.

Watch the musings of the wry Henri in his debut video.

Cat Video Festival

Where: Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., 63108

When: Friday and Saturday, July 18-19; Doors open 5:30, screening 7:30

How much: $10 general, $20 VIP (Very Important Purr-sons)

Tickets/Information: CAM website

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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