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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Cat Rescuers

2018, Rob Fruchtman and Steve Lawrence, USA, 87 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 27th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 27th 7:30pm
  • Sat, Sep 28th 3:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 28th 6:15pm
  • Sun, Sep 29th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 30th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 2nd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 3rd 7:30pm
Chicago premiere!

“Should prove catnip to feline lovers.”—Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

“Effective documentary...No animal lover should be surprised to find themselves holding back tears.”—Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times

Cats rule the streets of New York City, approximately 500,000 of them homeless and increasing by leaps and bounds, according to this feline-centric documentary following the self-funded efforts of Sassee, Claire, Stu, and Tara, dedicated volunteers who roam the haunts of feral and abandoned cats, offering food and a helping paw. Filmmakers Fruchtman and Lawrence relate the individual stories of these rescuers—variously, a legal investigator, an artist, a fire department technician, and a nurse—as they pursue their wily quarries with the humane strategy of TNR (trap-neuter-release). While scores of the felines were born feral and resistant to contact, many are pets that were cruelly ditched to fend for themselves by former owners. Bonding with the furry orphans is inevitable, but finding the resources and additional caring humans to alleviate their plight is more challenging. DCP digital. (BS)

Co-directors Rob Fruchtman and Steve Lawrence will appear via Skype after the 7:30pm screenings on Friday, September 27 and Thursday, October 3! On Oct. 3, Frances Spaltro, Medical Coordinator for Hyde Park Cats, will also be present; and Erica Roewade, Co-Founder, Cats in Action and Administrator, Chicago Community Cats Facebook Group, will moderate.

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