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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
The cats are back by popular demand. Enjoy a 75-minute romp through the internet’s finest cat videos, sharing in the delight of thousands of cat lovers worldwide. Curated by Will Braden, creator of the Henri, le Chat Noir videos, this year’s collection includes the most touching, hilarious, and artistic internet cat videos of our time. Since its debut in 2012 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the festival has inspired hundreds of news headlines and launched an international tour.
CatVideoFest is a social benefit corporation dedicated to bringing the joy of cat videos to the masses and raising money for cats in need. Partner Boston Forgotten Felines, a nonprofit group of dedicated caretakers who feed, TNR (trap, neuter, return), and re-home friendly cats, will have information available about their organization. The evening will also include a visit from Berklee mascot Mingus the Cat and some fun activities in the lobby.
“Proof that 13,000 fans of cat videos can’t be wrong.” — BuzzFeed
“You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can’t do is stop watching them. Yes, we’re talking about internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both.” — Los Angeles Times
“Watching silly cat videos is good for you.” — Wall Street Journal
About Cat Video Festival
The Internet Cat Video Festival was first produced and curated by the Walker Art Center. It traces its history to August 2012, when the Walker Art Center planned a small experiment as part of its outdoor summer programming on Open Field, the green space adjacent to the building. What if there was an evening program dedicated to the Internet phenomenon of cat videos? Would anyone come to watch videos they could easily view with a few clicks at home or work? Word quickly spread internationally via social media and the press, including the New York Times, BBC, Japanese and Australian television, Brazilian newspapers, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Cat Fancy, Slate, Time, CHEEZburger, and many more. As a result, 10,000 people gathered on Open Field to enjoy the first Internet Cat Video Festival.
While the Walker Art Center called it quits in 2015 after four successful years, CatCon partnered with Will Braden, and now CatVideoFest carries on its proud tradition. Susan Michaels, creator of CatCon said, “«We are longtime fans of Will's accomplishments in the cat video realm, not just in his curation of the Internet Cat Video Festival for the past 2 years, but his endlessly entertaining take on the world around us via his cat, Henri, le Chat Noir. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Will, as there is no man who knows the ins and out of the wonderful world of cat videos better than he!»
About Will Braden
Will Braden is the festival’s director and host. He’s also the auteur behind the wildly popular Henri, le Chat Noir series, which has achieved critical internet acclaim. Henri is a male longhair tuxedo cat who was adopted from a Seattle shelter. His videos have been viewed over a million times, and have been featured on news outlets such as the Huffington Post and ABC News. Of Henri 2: Paw De Deux, film critic Roger Ebert simply said, “best internet cat video ever made.”
In an exclusive 2014 interview with CatWisdom101.com, Braden said, “Everybody appreciates the cat videos on some level…I mean, you’d have to be a monster not to laugh at a cat.”