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Internet Cat Video Film Festival

Friday, Jan. 17


If aliens from a faraway galaxy landed on Earth and were shown the Internet as their first introduction to its human inhabitants, the extraterrestrial beings could be forgiven for thinking cats are part of a hive mind hell-bent on world domination--a search of "cat video" on Google yields more than 1 billion results, some of which have tens of millions of views. Watching videos of our furry friends is usually a solitary activity... until now. With the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, strangers can sit together in one room and share laughs while watching 75 minutes of two tabbies on a treadmill, a kitten who leaps from a kitchen counter right into a trash can, a frisky feline ambushing a toddler, a capering kitty who attacks his reflection in a mirror, and much, much more.

Organizers suggest this festival "isn't about watching cat videos, it's about watching cat videos together," and a portion of the evening's proceeds benefit a local animal nonprofit. Plus, there's a special appearance by Charlie Schmidt and his Keyboard Cat.

So while tickets are a little steep at $20-$35, you can't really put a price on that kind of cat camaraderie.