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Intercat '69

Cats on Film!

1940s-70s, approx. 98 minutes, 16mm

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Chicago Filmmakers


Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm
Location: Chicago Filmmakers


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 6:30pm
Location: Columbia College Chicago - Hokin Hall | 623 S. Wabash, room 109



The fascination with cats has been around long before YouTube. There was ancient Egypt, of course, but there was also the First International Cat Film Festival (INTERCAT '69), which took place at the Elgin Theater in NYC in December 1969. The brainchild of filmmaker Pola Chapelle, the festival brought together more than five hours of cat-related films. This program, showing in two parts and totaling roughly five hours, is something of a “best of” and includes work from the 1940s-1960s by both celebrated filmmakers and little-known artists. Included are OMA by Peter Knuppel, CATS by experimental animator Robert Breer, ENVY by Italian film legend Roberto Rossellini, THE PRIVATE LIFE OF A CAT by avant-garde film icon Maya Deren and her then-husband Alexander Hamid, the title sequence from WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by famed film credit designer Saul Bass, and FISHES IN SCREAMING WATER by Pola Chapelle. (1940s-60s, approx. 98 minutes)

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2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Grantees

Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, which has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to twelve Chicago digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,850 to $10,000.
The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The goal of the fund is to support media arts projects intended for online distribution. Guidelines stipulated that digital media of any length or genre would be considered, but projects needed to promote progressive social change, be appropriate for youth, and be made available for viewing for free online in order to reach the widest possible audience. The fund was intended to support artists with varying levels of experience; both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for emerging and younger artists. 

Awarded projects include: 

Battle Flag (working title) by Logan Jaffe // Block Zombies by Leon Kelsick // Drifting Toward the Crescent (working title) by Laura Stewart // For the Records by Anuradha Rana & Doris Rusch // Kentucky Fried High by Robert Carnilius // Muslimahs in the City by Fahima Mohamood // Natural Life, Interactive Online Archive by Tirtza Even // Sex Offender Laws Impact Youth by Jo Anne Smith // The Forum by Benjamin Jaffe // The Half-Life of War by Kyle Henry/Northwestern University // The Schools Project by Bob Hercules/Media Process Educational Films // Uptown, 2084 by Drew Dir/Manual Cinema

Click here for project synopsis and panelist bios.  

All projects are scheduled for completion and online viewing by May 15, 2015 

Applications for the 2015 grant will be accepted beginning in January 2015. 



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