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Press Releases Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival Golden Kitty Awarded to 8 Signs of Addiction

Minneapolis, August 14, 2014—The Walker Art Center presented the third Internet Cat Video Festival this evening and the people’s choice award, the Golden Kitty, was presented to 8 Signs of Addiction created by Rob Moore.

Chosen by online voting the Golden Kitty was shown as the finale of the festival and was awarded by Will Braden, Festival Curator, former Golden Kitty winner, and creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir. In the winning video, Shorty the cat knows what it’s like to battle addiction; she’s got it bad for her catnip banana. From obsession to hitting rock bottom, Shorty and her best buddy, Kodi, demonstrate the 8 Signs of Addiction in this hilarious commentary.

Video creator Moore comments, “When I brought Shorty home from a shelter nearly four years ago I knew she was a star. The fact that so many others now think so is just awesome. It’s also a great opportunity to remind people that shelters are full of amazing cats like Shorty waiting to be adopted and that black cats are most certainly not bad luck! I hope that she brings as much joy to her viewers as she brings to me each day.”

Moore is a digital media enthusiast who has been endlessly inspired by his cats and love of animals to produce The ShoKo Show on YouTube that has over 43 million views, 125,000 subscribers and 750,000 Facebook fans. He also works as a fitness trainer in Toronto where he instructs fitness classes and private clients. Find the cats online at www.TheShoKoShow.com

The YouTube playlist of videos from the festival is available via
http://bit.ly/catvidfest2014playlist

Catstarter: A Book about Cat Videos and What Makes Them So Irresistible

The enormous popularity of the Internet Cat Video Festival begs the question: why we can’t seem to stop watching cat videos? Attempting an answer is a new book of essays to be published in September 2015 by Coffee House Press, in collaboration with the Walker Art Center. Contributors include: Carl Wilson, Steven Burt, Joanne McNeil, David Carr, Elena Passarello, and others.

Last night, a Kickstarter to support the book launched at the Festival, and supporter rewards include early access copies, cat swag, and the opportunity for your cat to be part of cat video history.

The Kickstarter can be found at bit.ly/catvidfestbook.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Joyce rachel.joyce@walkerart.org
612.375.7635
B Roll and event images available upon request.

Internet Cat Video Festival Program, August 14, 2014

COMEDY

Cat vs. Lizard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h14wr4pXZFk

Cat Plays Theremin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ONJfp95yoE

Lego Promo Gone Wrong
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlDPtFTuZ7I

Cat Says Hey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWWLwtMLWCI

Two Cats and a Banana Box
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTeK6NGWRvc

Passive-Aggressive Cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mrlyByJhfY

Cat vs. the Mailman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4lhzQDOYbE

Cat rides sheep
“”)

Tous
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9hVbS4xj8o

Skimbles jump fail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfTtVENtBDc

Skimbles jump fail (take 2)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95-SGhIeA9k

DRAMA

Gizmo and the Hazelnut
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJqg—HcRE

Ohagi has Focus Well
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-rcvYfMFeE

Dog Pushes Cat Into Bathtub
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLo1sw-YpeQ

Pigeon Annoys Cat on Table
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0W0ftgc9FU

Pallas Cat Checks Out Camera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIXw-3H48yU

The Time of Love
“”)

Cat Asks for Directions
“”)

Henri 9 – “The Blight of Spring”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfMWMTLgtI

Cat Meows Welcome
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjeNh2lLXDU

Cat Tries to Apologize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNS7zzIzX-E

MUSICAL

Cat Interrupts Guy Playing Vibes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV6lkoB3wRw

Dreams are Real
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwOjC_Bk4e0

Vinyl Cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7dcSr04G8s

Guitar Cat
“”)

Midnight Juggernauts – “Systematic”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QglMzJT35Og

Beautiful Footage of Kittens by Snefferdy
“”)

DOCUMENTARY

CATastrophe Tips – Couch Scratching
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7O-xXIxbtw

Cat Drags Bag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmdtFZiS2Gk

Willie Helps with Toilet Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-V-CnKcF7Q

Cat Interrupts German Weather Forecast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP4zaMvV__4

Cat Uses Sign Language to Ask for Food
“”)

Cat Confessions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJErggxHnbQ

Sidekick Series – “The Story of Schrodinger”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_KClu8GCUA

ANIMATION

Ultimate Kitten Kombat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs6_jPcRqkE

Cat Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ58M1sAaWY

Mr. Marbles
https://vimeo.com/92445988

The Cats of YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jf6uLMXbEn4

VINTAGE

Vintage kitty “boxing match” (1894)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scI_XB5UGN8

The Sick Kitten (1901)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T33lNsnVFbI

“Psycho Kitties” Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aw6A_pBY78

Vintage Cat Show Footage (1931)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdSH1ROLn-4

Mickey the Fire Cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTl0o9uL4es

ACTION/ADVENTURE

Sammi Raising Paws
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V69au8BEpxw

Cat Walking Down Fridge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4VixiGLweY

Mission Impurrsible
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd3x91iD9Uk

Cat Bowling
“”)

Kittens Climbing the Wall
“”)

Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQTxSR4GpWU

Cats in Space
“”)

SPECIAL AWARD FOR CAT ACHIEVEMENT

Tara the Hero Cat
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-Opm9b2WDk

GOLDEN KITTY NOMINEES

5– Milo Wanted Attention


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViLwNTgfNS8

4– Jedi Kittens Strike Back


“”)

3– Gotcha


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVsI3Jz4d8c

2– An Engineer’s Guide to Cats, 2.0


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsl_auoGuy4

1– 8 Signs of Addiction (ShoKo)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-vyTE35EL0

The Internet Cat Video Festival 2014-15 Tour

After the screening at the Walker, the Internet Cat Video Festival now hits the road with 15 tour dates booked thus far including international premieres in Japan, Sweden, and Australia, and more to be added soon.

8/16/2014
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Vancouver, BC
http://www.pne.ca/thefair/exhibits-and-attractions/

8/15 – 8/24
Athenaeum Theater, Indianapolis IN
http://www.indyfringe.org/fringe14/cat-video-festival

8/23/2014
Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, Woodinville, WA
http://www.homewardpet.org/temp/videoFest.html

8/23/2014
Harbor Park, Rockland, ME
http://farnsworthmuseum.org/education/internet-cat-video-festival-and-fair

9/4/2014
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
http://plainsart.org/learn/public-programs/the-internet-cat-video-festival/

9/6/2014
Metro Theater, Chicago, IL
http://metrochicago.com/shows#Sep04

9/13/2014
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, VT
http://www.townhalltheater.org/calendar-and-tickets/

9/20/2014
Neco Republic, Gifu, Japan
http://www.neco-republic.jp/nekoichinekoza/

9/21/2014
Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
http://lafelinefilmfestival.com/

10/5/2014
Bicentennial Park, Sydney, Australia
http://www.rspcansw.org.au/get-involved/events/reigning-cats-and-dogs

10/9/2014
Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
http://sodrateatern.com/

10/19/2014
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu, HI
https://honolulumuseum.org/

10/30/2014
Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
http://www.berklee.edu/BPC

12/5/2014
Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg, VA
http://www.thelyric.com/

1/17/2015
Northbridge Piazza, Perth, Australia
http://northbridgepiazza.visitperthcity.com/upcoming-events

2014 Golden Kitty Winner: 8 Signs of Addiction by Rob Moore

Internet Cat Video Festival Graphic: Walker Art Center