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Cute Cat Alerts

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Did you miss seeing your cat on the big screen at the 2015 Walker Internet Cat Video Festival?

Well, have no fear! Cute Cat Alerts are here! As an added bonus, we’ve paired the audio from Ed Vogel’s audio project The Secret Music of Cats.

For those having a listen, Vogel’s music is an “inventory” of all the notes he collected from the “Discover the Secret Music of Cats” activity at CatVid. The Sonata using themes from “the inventory” development is a work in progress.

Cute Cat Alerts were collected, designed and produced by the great Andrea Brown!

 

Catvidfest 2015: The Official Reel

Did you miss the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival at CHS Field on August 12? Have no fear, the reel is here! We present you the 2015 Internet Cat Vid Fest!

Did you miss the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival at CHS Field on August 12? Have no fear, the reel is here!

We present you the 2015 Internet Cat Vid Fest!

CatVidFest Recap (or, Thanks for the Meow-mories!)

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Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, August 12, 2015, CHS Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

Thank you for a fantastic 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival! It was a beautiful and meow-morable evening! Here are some moments from of the event! Enjoy

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In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s Cat Puppet

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s Cat Puppet

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Human Cat Stretching with Anne Fink (Kiki) from Blooma

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Human Cat Stretching with Anne Fink from Blooma

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Making cat head pieces with ArtStart

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Cat head pieces in place

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

A cat-breading photo op

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Maru’s Box photo op

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Yuya Negishi’s Kitty Disco Mural

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Yuya Negishi’s Paint Your Own Cat Mural

 

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Cute Cat Alert: Here’s how audience-submitted cat photos appeared on Catvidfest’s big screen

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Cute Cat Alert, The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, August 12, 2015, CHS Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

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Barb Abney emceeing Catvidfest 2015

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Saintly City Cat Club

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Saintly City Cat Club

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Coffee House Press shows off the new Catvidfest-inspired book, Cat is Art Spelled Wrong

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Taking home the 2015 Golden Kitty Award: Kris Flanagan, Michael Gabriele, and Alana Grelyak for Cat Behavior Explained

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman tosses the ceremonial ball of yarn at the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival

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The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, August 12, 2015, CHS Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

Internet Cat Video Festival, 8/12/2105, CHS Field, St. Paul, MN

Catvidfest Interview: David Perez, Saintly City Cat Photographer

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Tacaria breaking for a stretch. Photo: David Perez

I became familiar with the cat portraits of David Perez, when I requested images from the Saintly City Cat Club for the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival. I honestly could not take my eyes off of them! I felt like David had a unique eye, and wanted to interview him for the Walker blog. (more…)

Catvidfest Interview: Jim Davis and Garfield the Cat

In honor of the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, we reached out to Garfield creator Jim Davis and his cartoon cat creation to discuss the world of Internet cat videos.

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Garfield Creator, Jim Davis, and Grumpy Cat – 2014

In honor of the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival, we reached out to Garfield creator Jim Davis and his cartoon cat creation to discuss the world of Internet cat videos. (more…)

The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival How-To Guide

Okay… You’ve got your tickets to the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival! You’ve voted for the 2015 Golden Kitty Award! You’ve snapped a picture of Blue Beard and submitted it to “See Your Cat on the Big Screen!” You’ve created a one of a kind costume for the Cat Costume Contest—and yes you look exactly like your cat “Kitty […]

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You’ve got your tickets to the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival!

You’ve voted for the 2015 Golden Kitty Award!

You’ve snapped a picture of Blue Beard and submitted it to “See Your Cat on the Big Screen!”

You’ve created a one of a kind costume for the Cat Costume Contest—and yes you look exactly like your cat “Kitty Perry”!

It’s a week before the festival! Now what?

Countdown to Internet Cat Video Festival 2015 

In just days the Walker Art Center will take over St. Paul’s CHS Field and become a haven for cat lovers!

To help communicate the full range of fun and delight we have planned for you, and, more importantly, to help you plan for the event, we have compiled this guide that will hopefully answer your questions and make your 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival your most fun and memorable yet!

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2013 Internet Cat Video Festival at the State Fairgrounds

Tickets! Tickets! Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are on sale here!
All seats are general admission. And hold on to your ticket stub – it gets you FREE admission to the Walker Art Center (a $14 value). Will call will be at the CHS Field box office adjacent to the main entrance starting at 6:30 pm.

Can I bring my cat?
No. Please leave all pets at home including cats and dogs. Due to the venue’s rules, animals are not allowed at this event with the exception of service animals.

What time do the videos start?
The actual cat videos will start at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm).

What happens before the videos?
We encourage you to come early to check out the cat video festival artists, community partners and sponsors!  We’ve got a bunch of fun and quirky cat-tivities planned especially for you!

Live painting by Yuya Negishi
Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
We Have Cats Roaming Improv
The Animal Humane Society
Saintly City Cat Club
The Cafe’ Meow
And much more!

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Art Start’s Head Piece Activity

Will the Internet Cat Video Festival be ADA accessible?
The event will be ASL interpreted, and wheelchair-accessible seating is available. We also have an area that will be roped off for ADA access. For more information about accessibility, call 612.375.7564 or e-mail access@walkerart.org. Folding chairs are available for those joining friends/family with wheelchairs on the concourse level of the stadium. The ASL viewing area will be directly in front of the stage on the field.

Where will I sit?
The festival is general seating. You may have heard that it was super packed in the past – this year is no exception; we expect 10,000 guests at this year’s festival. But no worries, there is room enough for everyone! Take a seat in the stands or find your place on a blanket in the field.

CHS Field is big enough for everybody, and the act of watching cat videos together will make you feel that much closer to your neighbors, literally and emotionally.

How do I get to CHS Field?
CHS Field is conveniently located off of I-94 and Highway 52 at 360 Broadway Street, St. Paul, MN 55101.

Transportation
Plan ahead! Consider biking, walking or taking public transit to Catvidfest.

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Bike – The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is planning a ride to CHS Field from Gold Medal Park in downtown Minneapolis! What better way to see the festival than biking with a cackle of cat lovers! Check out this link—Group Ride to Internet Cat Video Festival Facebook Invite—for more information.

There are also NiceRide stations’s all over downtown St. Paul!

Bus / Light rail – The Metro Transit Light Rail (Green Line) drops off right at Union Depot. Walk two blocks and you are at CHS Field.

Walk – It’s going to be a lovely evening. Stretch those legs!

Drive & Park
Check out this fantastic map that CHS Field made. It lists all the available parking in the area.
Here’s a map of parking in Saint Paul.

Cat-iquette

  • No reserved seating is available; all space is first-come, first-served.
  • No lawn chairs, as they makes sightlines difficult for your new friends behind you.
  • No shade is available on the field, so bring proper sun protection.
  • Have fun!

Food & Drink

  • No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed, but there will be plenty of choices from CHS Field vendors during the festival.
  • CHS has ballpark fare: pizza, burgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, cheese curds, sandwiches, fries, etc. Concession stands are located all around the concourse.

What if it rains?
We hope it doesn’t! But in case of severe weather, this event will be held Tuesday, August 25, and your original tickets will be honored.

Final Words
We are just so happy you are joining us for the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival! It’s going to be a fun and fantastic feline feista!

On the day of Cat Vid share your photos and your fun using hashtag #catvidfest. Questions? Hit us up on Twitter (@catvidfest) or Facebook.

Catvidfest Artists, Sponsors, & Community Partners, Too!

The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival isn’t just about cat videos – this year’s festival will feature a host of local artists, community partners, and sponsors! Come out early, between 6:30–8:30 pm, to participate in a number of fun cat-tivities celebrating cats in a quirky and original ways! 2015 CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL ARTISTS AND ACTIVITIES Edward Vogel: The […]

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Cat Painting by Yuya Negishi

The 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival isn’t just about cat videos – this year’s festival will feature a host of local artists, community partners, and sponsors!

Come out early, between 6:30–8:30 pm, to participate in a number of fun cat-tivities celebrating cats in a quirky and original ways!

2015 CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL ARTISTS AND ACTIVITIES

Edward Vogel: The Secret Music of Cats

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Ed Vogel

Join maker and Piano Lab originator Edward Vogel in this one-of-a-kind of activity exploring the sound of your cat’s name! Match your name to notes on a keyboard by creating your own color-coded score. Name scores will be played and collected for sonata.

 

We Have Cats: Live Roaming Cat Improv

We Have Cats Improv

If your cat worked a day job, what would it be? Discover the answer to that and other hilarious feline comedy mysteries with We Have Cats: Live Roaming Cat Improv!

 

Human Cat Stretching (Yoga)

Join Blooma Yogi, Anne Fink for some cat-inspired stretching!

 

Face-Painting by Karen: Feline Faces
Turn your face into your favorite feline!

 

Art Start’s Artists: Make Your Own Cat Headpiece

Art Start’s Cat Head Piece

CAP-tivating Cats! Join ArtStart‘s ArtScraps Artists and create your own unique cat cap/headpiece using all sorts of funky and fun repurposed materials from ArtScraps! Then settle in for a purr-fect evening of cat videos.

 

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater: Roaming Cat Puppet

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Me-Yow! A roaming cat puppet brought to you by a Minneapolis favorite! Need we say more?

 

Yuya Negishi: Live Painting / Giant Cat Mural 

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Cat painting by Yuya Negishi

Japanese Mural Artist Yuya Negishi will create a giant one of a kind mural in honor of this year’s Internet Cat Video Festival! Guests are invited to paint a mural on another canvas as well!

 

2015 CAT VIDEO FEATURED VISUAL ARTISTS 

Jessie Lawson: Flying Cat Art House

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Image by Jessie Lawson

Meet the prolific Flying Cat Art House artist Jessie Lawson and enjoy her unique cat creations!

 

Susan Gainen: Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian

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Meet whimsical wildlife documentarian Susan Gainen and the wonderful world of animals that stop in her studio to sit for portraits, tell their stories and eat her snacks!

 

2015 CAT VID FESTIVAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Animal Humane Society: Make Your Own Cat Toys

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Animal Humane Society

Visit the Animal Humane Society at Internet Cat Video Festival and make a toy for your favorite feline!

 

Twin Cities Pet Rescue: Kitty Plinko

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Twin Cities Pet Rescue

Take a pause and try your paws at Twin Cities Pet Rescue’s game of Kitty Plinko!

 

Saintly City Cat Club, Inc.: Saintly City Cat Archives

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Saintly City Cat Show, Inc. Photo: David Perez

Browse the archives of the Saintly City Cat Club and learn about this unique organization!

 

The Twin Cities Cat Fanciers: Cat Collage and Coloring

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Photo: David Perez

The Twin Cities Cat Fanciers invite you to color and collage some cat images from their collections!

 

Caring For Cats: Temporary Cat Tattoos

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Caring for Cats is an all-volunteer, no kill shelter located in Northeast Minneapolis. The volunteers at Caring for Cats will share temporary cat tattoos with you!

 

Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter

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Animal Ark embraces and follows a no-kill philosophy in their work to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home 800 of Minnesota’s lost and homeless companion animals. Learn about this unique organization with a cool hands-on activity!

 

Minneapolis Bicycle Coaltion: Ride to the Festival

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Take a meow-cifient bike ride with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition from Gold Medal Park to the CHS Field for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Visit the Facebook Invite for more information.

 

OTHER MEOW-NIFICENT STUFF

 

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Coffee House Press, Cat is Art Spelled Wrong

Selling tote bags and copies of the book inspired by CatVidFest: Cat is Art Spelled Wrong. Co-published by the Walker Art Center, 14 of the most interesting writers we know, all asking and answering the same question: why can’t we stop watching cat videos.

 

Catvidfest Photo Ops

• “Hey, That’s My Cat!” Use this link to upload an image of your favorite feline(s) and we’ll put them on the big screen at Catvifest 2015!

• Bread Your (Inner) Cat: You’ve seen the breaded cats, now it’s your turn! Join the ranks of internet meme-stardom!

• Cat Costume Contest: Dress like your favorite feline and win cats prizes!

• Maru’s Box: Channel your inner Maru in a giant cardboard box and shoot for the stars…or at least the upper seats of the stadium!

Official Festival Merchandise
Get your very own Internet Cat Video Festival t-shirt, hat, and other cool stuff from the Walker Shop.

2015 CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Chuck and Don’s: Collect treats, buttons and coupons from your favorite hometown pet supply store!

 

ONSITE SPONSORS

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Home for Life Animal Sanctuary

Home for LifeMake a cat-inspired postcard with Home for Life, a non-profit animal sanctuary.

The Café Meow: Learn about Minneapolis’s first cat café. Meet The Cafe’ Meow staff and volunteers, learn about this unique new cafe’ and enter a raffle for a chance to win cool Cat Prizes

TrufoodThe Wellness TruFood Wagon will be educating cat parents on the nutritional benefits of TruFood food and treats. Have your picture taken and enter to win prizes!

See Your Cat on the Big Screen + Lessons from a Master Cat Photographer

Me-Yow! Trying to decide which image of your cat to share on the giant screen at CHS Field during the Walker Art Center’s 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival? How exactly does one get Maggie May or Seaman Jack (made up cat names) to even pose for an image? What are the secrets to capturing your […]

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Andy Warhol slide from the Walker Art Center Archives

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Trying to decide which image of your cat to share on the giant screen at CHS Field during the Walker Art Center’s 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival?

How exactly does one get Maggie May or Seaman Jack (made up cat names) to even pose for an image? What are the secrets to capturing your cat’s most evocative and delightful moments?

Meet master cat photographer, Walter Chandoha. Walter has been photographing our friend the feline for nearly 60 years. His images are said to be the inspiration behind Andy Warhol’s 1954 book, 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy. (The title of the book, minus the d, was given by Warhol’s mother).

In this New York Times interview, Walter highlights some of his techniques and best moments from cat photography.

Inspire us, Master Cat Photographer Walter Chandoha!

Now, it’s your turn! INSPIRE US WITH YOUR CAT PHOTOGRAPHY!

We want to see your cat on the BIG SCREEN at CHS Field!

Follow the link above to upload a photo of your feline friend(s) and we’ll share it on the big screen at CHS Field at the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival on Wednesday, August 12.

 

 

 

GOLDEN KITTY 2015: Voting is Open!

Me-Yow! The time has come to choose the Golden Kitty: The People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival. This year’s festival, curated by Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir has a host of meow-nificant internet cat videos! Which will be your favorite? WATCH, THEN VOTE FOR A WINNER! Out of thousands of cat-ivating clips, […]

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Me-Yow! The time has come to choose the Golden Kitty: The People’s Choice Award for the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival. This year’s festival, curated by Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir has a host of meow-nificant internet cat videos! Which will be your favorite?

WATCH, THEN VOTE FOR A WINNER!

Out of thousands of cat-ivating clips, here are the five nominees for the 2015 Golden Kitty. Only one will win, and you get to decide!

And the nominees are…

“Pavlov’s Kitty”

“Back Off!!” 

“Cat Behavior Finally Explained”

“Brain Freeze”

“Hover Cat” 

How to vote: There are three ways to vote for your choice for the Golden Kitty. You can:

Example: I vote for Henri 2: Paw de Deux #votegoldenkitty #catvidfest
(Obviously, Henri is not up for the award again this year.)

VOTING CLOSES on JULY 31st at MIDNIGHT.

The winners will be revealed at the 2015 Internet Cat Video Festival on Wednesday, August 12th.  And remember, just because you may not see your favorite video on this list, doesn’t mean that it’s not in the reel or we don’t have something special planned for it.

Until then, watch, deliberate, and vote!

 

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