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Press Releases Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival Features Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat, Lil Bub, Henri, Host Julie Klausner, and a Cat Butter Sculpture

Book-Signing and After Party Added: Festival is First Meeting of Celebricats and Their Creators


Minneapolis, August 7, 2013—The Walker Art Center presents its second Internet Cat Video Festival on Wednesday, August 28, 7 pm, at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand. Last year the Festival (#catvidfest), the first of its kind in the nation/world, drew a crowd of over 10,000 to the Walker. Originally conceived as a modest celebration to bring online communities together in the real world, #catvidfest has now become its own viral sensation. Over the last year the Festival has spawned an international tour including events in Boston, San Diego, Austin, Memphis and Portland with upcoming festivals in Vienna, Austria and Jerusalem, and numerous lecture and conference presentations including SXSW and TEDx.

The Internet Cat Video festival returns with the same spirit of community and collaboration, but packed with even more special guests, music, interactive artist projects, awards, celebrity cats, fireworks and other feline inspired fun. The second Internet Cat Video Festival is comprised of over 80 new videos selected by a team of jurors. As with last year’s festival the clips are organized into various “cat”-egories including Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Foreign, Musical, and Lifetime Achievement. New for this year is a local “Cat–on-a-Stick” category awarding the best Minnesota produced piece.

Tickets
$10 (all reserved seating) Note: Admission to the State Fairgrounds must be purchased in addition to the Internet Cat Video Festival ticket.


Tickets available: online at mnstatefair.org
By phone at (800) 514-3849
In person at the State Fairgrounds Box Office

Special Guests and Video Debuts

In addition to the new 70-minute reel of Internet Cat Videos, this year’s festival will feature the first time the leading celebri-cats and creators present together for the same event. Scheduled guests include Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Keyboard Cat Creator Charlie Schmidt, Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Kittens Inspired by Kittens star Maddie Kelly, Paul Klusman and TJ Wingard (An Engineer’s Guide to Cats). Will Braden debust a new video from last year’s Golden Kitty winner, Henri Le Chat Noir, made exclusively for the festival. Also debuting is a new video produced by the comedy website Funny or Die, featuring #catvidfest host Julie Klausner.

Hosted by Julie Klausner

This year’s festival is hosted by Julie Klausner, a New York based comedy writer/performer, podcaster, and author. Her podcast, How Was Your Week, was recently called “one of the few essential podcasts” by the New York Times and was named one of the best 10 comedy podcasts of the moment by Rolling Stone and in GQ’s Comedy Issue. Currently, she works as “Media Ambassador” for Vulture.com, for which she writes frequently, makes weekly videos for the site, and goes on TV on behalf of Vulture to discuss pop culture topics. She wrote a memoir called I Don’t Care About Your Band and a novel called Art Girls are Easy. She also writes for television, including Billy on the Street. She currently lives with a cat named Jimmy Jazz in lower Manhattan.

Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival Awards

Which video will walk away with the #catvidfest hardware? Last year, Will Braden’s now iconic Henri Le Chat Noir #2, described by the late film critic Roger Ebert as “the best internet cat video ever made” took home the coveted Golden Kitty Award as the People’s Choice Best of Festival. The Golden Kitty helped to boost Henri’s popularity and resulted in endorsements, dozens of interviews and even a book released this past spring. This year, the Golden Kitty returns, along with new awards for each of the categories. The Golden Kitty will be decided via online vote at walkerart.org. In celebration of the new cat Monopoly piece and our award-winners, Hasbro has designed and cast new awards to be given out at the festival including a Golden Kitty.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement awards are the Hall of Fame for internet cat videos. Last year three videos were inducted, including Kittens Inspired by Kittens and Keyboard Cat. Who will make the cut this year? This year’s lifetime achievement honorees will be selected by a distinguished panel of curators, journalists, and cat culture bloggers and revealed at the Internet Cat Video Festival.

Internet Cat Video Festival State Fair Program Information

It’s not just about Internet cat videos, it’s about watching Internet cat videos together.

The Internet Cat Video Festival tests the boundaries of online communities and crowd-sourced public content to create a fun, playful event for all ages.

Prior to the screening of the festival at dusk, the evening the event will feature several special musical performances, artist projects and surprise guests. Will Braden (Henri) will return to present the Golden Kitty to this year’s winner and to debut a new Henri video exclusively for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Minnesota’s own Maddie Kelly (Kittens Inspired by Kittens), Paul Klusman and TJ Wingard (An Engineer’s Guide to Cats) and several other cat video creators will also be on hand.

Cat-inspired music by Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade and Koo Koo Kanga Roo will proceed the screening. Koo Koo Kangaroo will perform songs from their forthcoming EP inspired by celebrity cats and their creators titled VIRAL: Songs about cats and other stuff. The EP will be available as a free download in late July via the Walker website. Koo Koo Kanga Roo will also debut a new crowd-sourced music video featuring local cats and their owners at the conclusion of their set.


Butter Cat!

In celebration of the Great Minnesotan-Get-Together tradition, the festival will feature a cat butter sculpture to be displayed at the event. Now who is the prettiest princess?

Dress Up As Your Favorite Cat!
Dress up as your favorite real world or Internet cat and win prizes and featured on Animal Planet’s website. Animal Planet will have photographers on hand roving the audience to find the best cat costumes to feature during the event.

Collaborate and Interact with Artist Projects
In the spirit of Open Field, the Walker Art Center project which spawned the festival, there will be several interactive artists projects throughout the event including live painting by local artist Rudy Fig, an interactive sound project by Maria Mortati, A Silent Disco with Funny or Die, Letterpress Printing with Lunalux and much more.

Learn More about Animal Resources and Welfare
The festival will include representatives from the local Animal Humane Society and other animal resource non-profits to help educate attendees to cat related issues.

Related Events
Book Signing and Public Program


Internet Cat Video Festival Book Signing
Thursday, August 29, 2–5pm
Walker Art Center Shop and Cinema
Book Purchase or Donation Required

Meet the creators and stars of the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center the day following the festival. Will Braden (Henri, Le Chat Noir), Grumpy Cat and Lil BUB will be on hand to sign their recently released books and meet fans. Books and related merchandise will be available for sale onsite. In addition meet co-host Julie Klausner, Charlie Schmidt (Keyboard cat), Chris Torres (Nyan Cat), Paul Klusman and TJ Wingard (An Engineer’s Guide to Cats) and local stars Pudge the Cat and Maddie Kelly (Kittens Inspired by Kittens). A portion of the proceeds of the event go to Animal Welfare Resources in the Twin Cities and to support the Walker Art Center Education Program.

Going Viral: The Life of a Cat Video Creator
Thursday, August 29
Walker Cinema, 7 pm, free

Limited Tickets available at Bazinet Lobby Desk at 6pm the night of the event
*Program will be available online on the Walker Channel following the event

Since the debut of the Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker last summer, interest in the phenomena continues to grow. On the day after second festival at the State Fair, join video creators Will Braden (Henri, le Chat Noir), Charlie Schmidt (Keyboard Cat), Chris Torres (Nyan Cat), Mike Bridavsky (Lil BUB), Ben Lashes (Grumpy Cat Agent), Maddie Kelly (Kittens Inspired by Kittens), Paul Klusman and TJ Wingard (An Engineer’s Guide to Cats) and Internet Cat Video Festival producer Scott Stulen for a discussion on their experiences and the universal appeal of felines. And fear not: the program includes videos.

Internet Cat Video Festival After-Party
The Walker Art Center presents the Official Internet Cat Video Festival Closing Party Extravaganza:

Thursday, August 29, Doors: 9pm, free, 21+
Kitty Cat Klub (315 14th Ave SE - Minneapolis, MN 55414)

Join us at the most appropriately named venue in the Twin Cities to close out the 2012 Internet Cat Video Festival events. We are expected to be joined by stars of #catvidfest including host Julie Klausner, Keyboard Cat creator Charlie Schmidt, Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Henri creator Will Braden and much, much more. Live music by Kitten Forever, a Twin Cities punk rock trio that has been described as “If Japanther had a little sister that was a cheerleader and obsessed with The Misfits”, and an impressive lineup of Twin Cities cat and music obsessed DJs will be providing cat themed music throughout the evening. A purrfect close to two cat-filled days.

With:

Kitten Foreverhttp://kittenforever.bandcamp.com/

DJs:
TRL (Tom Loftus of Modern Radio Record Label)
Black Lacquer (Scott Stulen of #catvidfest / Walker Art Center)
Stacy Schwartz (Cakein15)
Kyle Matteson (Twin Cities music/cat nerd)
Ben Lashes (LA based Manager of Grumpy, Nyan and Keyboard Cat)

Plus cat videos projected throughout the night.

RSVPs will receive priority access. Space is limited and it’s first come, first served. RSVP will be available via Eventbrite starting Monday August 13th at http://www.kittycatklub.net/index.html

Internet Cat Video Festival T-shirts on sale now
Internet Cat Video Festival Tour logo t-shirts are available for $20 via the Walker’s Shop: Purchase/View

Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival Public Information:
walkerart.org/catvidfest
@catvidfest
(#catvidfest)

Media Contact:

Rachel Joyce rachel.joyce@walkerart.org
B Roll of last year’s Festival and images available upon request.

The Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually. Showcasing Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Great Minnesota Get-Together is always 12 Days of Fun Ending Labor Day. Visit www.mnstatefair.org for more information. The 2013 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug. 22–Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Walker Art Center
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists, as well as modern masters, including Andy Warhol, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Kara Walker. In addition to traveling exhibitions and its world-renowned collection, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, and theater, and the best in film from around the world and down the block. The Walker’s 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture parks. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities landmark—the playful fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. The Garden features more than 40 works of art and the Cowles Conservatory.

Walker Art Center
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists, as well as modern masters, including Andy Warhol, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Kara Walker. In addition to traveling exhibitions and its world-renowned collection, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, and theater, and the best in film from around the world and down the block. The Walker’s 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture parks. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities landmark—the playful fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. The Garden features more than 40 works of art and the Cowles Conservatory.

Internet Cat Video Festival 2013