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Paul to watch a collection of the best feline-focused shorts at the Internet Cat Video Festival.(Judy Griesedieck and Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) In their gradual, devious, yet inexorable march toward global domination, cat videos have taken over the Internet, free and not-so-free time, and the culture, extending way beyond their customary online cat beds of You Tube and Buzz Feed’s “This Week in Cats.” “How Cats Took Over the Internet” is an exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image.But part of the glory in documenting cats exists in the challenge, they say. You cannot get them to do what you want them to do,” explained Gwen Nelson of Clara City, Minn., in a pink housecoat (thank you, Salvation Army) covered with stuffed toy cats, an additional toy litter in her stroller, 13 in all, the stroller usually reserved for her actual cats, Eddie and Emmie. Nothing is more stress-relieving,” said Nelson, a nurse who works in neurology, offering further evidence of Myrick’s findings.
An experienced and talented photographer, from Germany.
Heselton and her son were among a crowd of 13,000 enthusiasts who flocked to this new ballpark last week, not for minor-league baseball but for a festival devoted to — wait for it — cat videos.
Attendance set a record, for the venue and the Internet Cat Video Festival, now in its fourth purrrr-inducing year.
The Henri videos, shot in black and white, narrated by Braden in French (with English subtitles) and soaked with feline ennui, are an homage to François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and are regularly featured at the festival. She’s 2, rambunctious and not ready for her Internet close-up.
“Filming cats, you want them more calm and less expressive,” said Braden, revealing perhaps the only known instance in video entertainment where maturity is prized over youth, and being an older female is an asset.
Experienced directors, often more interested in craft than content, can lose sight of the videos’ ultimate intent, which is to make people laugh, evoke “aawwwws” or, preferably, both.