Samantha's Amazing Acrocats
2016, Jacob Feiring, USA, 57 min.
- Fri, Feb 9th 8:15pm
- Sat, Feb 10th 3:00pm
The American dream scampers in on frisky cat paws for Samantha Martin, raised in tiny Princeton, Illinois, when she finds her life’s mission training rescue cats for her own unique traveling cat circus. While finicky guitar-playing, tightrope-walking, juggling feline stars with names like Tuna, Pinky, and Oz, are the center of this endeavor, often delighting audiences by demonstrating minds of their own, their mistress is the certified heroine of this documentary. Director Feiring followed the circus for more than five years, chronicling Samantha’s unflagging struggle to maintain the show against formidable economic odds, thrilling pet-loving patrons across the nation with laid-back routines, homegrown charm, and training tips, even as she deals with personal issues of love, loss, and fears for the future. ProRes digital. (BS)
February 9 & 10: Director Jacob Feiring is scheduled to appear for audience discussion at both screenings.
The February 9 discussion will be moderated by film critic Steve Prokopy (Third Coast Review). The February 10 discussion will be moderated by local filmmaker, author and film studies instructor Michael G. Smith.