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Cat films and games at Short Live # 1

Cat films and games at Short Live # 1

Thursday, April 9th 2015

At the closing of the day starts Short Live, a talk show with different guests and a variety of subjects each day. The nagging question of the first evening was: what do we like about cats films?

"Cats confuse us," says philosopher Arjen Kleinherenbrink. "They are both smart and stupid. On the one hand we recognize ourselves in cats: we project our own emotions on them, making us feel like part of nature. On the other hand seeing cats acting stupid makes us feel superior. Therefore we can some distance remains and we can just laugh about them. "

Cats are aliens
According to Kleinherenbrink, it's this combination of recognition and feeling superior that's the secret behind the success of cat films. The popularity of watching feline acrobatics is indisputable. The Cat Shorts program which is screened this evening in honor of the tenth anniversary of YouTube, was sold out very quickly. Therefore an extra screening has been added on Sunday (17:00). 
Why have cats become the legends of YouTube? In other animals, such as monkeys, we recognize much of ourselves. But cats are closer to us, explains Kleinherenbrink. And what about our four-legged friends? "Dogs are too stupid, sorry." Festival director Kirsten Ruber adds another reason to why cats are fascinating, their unpredictability. "Cats look cute but they are also fucking aliens. You never know what they will do."

Experimental
Of course, the conversation went beyond cat videos. Moderator Lisa Doeland talked with filmmaker Douwe Dijkstra about his film Supporting Film. Ruber explains why the prefeature short film should return to the cinema. "Makers of short films deserve a bigger stage, because they make stunning and interesting films." Short film projects offer room for spontaneity, partly because there is less money involved. For young filmmakers short film is ideal for experimentation. Dijkstra: "For me it's all about developing myself and learn new things. A big project, can quickly go over your head, with short films you can go step by step." Even as a viewer he can appreciate an experimental film. "Many films aim to explain everything, so that everyone understands it. But it is nice when you as the viewer can think and fill in the gaps." That everyone fills these holes differentley makes it even more interesting.

Short story writer Rutger Lemm concluded the talk show with a talk that had nothing to do with films, but a little bit with filling in the gaps. His story titled 'Game' involved his worries about the difficulty to distinguish between real and not real, between game and reality. Afterwards visitors left the Pavilion chuckling, back to reality.

Want to join the next Short Live? Grab a beer and a chair tonight, tomorrow and Saturday from 22:00 to 22:45 pm in the Pavilion."Cats confuse us," says philosopher Arjen Kleinherenbrink. "They are both smart and stupid. On the one hand we recognize ourselves in cats: we project our own emotions on them, making us feel like part of nature. On the other hand seeing cats acting stupid makes us feel superior. Therefore we can some distance remains and we can just laugh about them. "

Cats are aliens
According to Kleinherenbrink, it's this combination of recognition and feeling superior that's the secret behind the success of cat films. The popularity of watching feline acrobatics is indisputable. The Cat Shorts program which is screened this evening in honor of the tenth anniversary of YouTube, was sold out very quickly. Therefore an extra screening has been added on Sunday (17:00). 
Why have cats become the legends of YouTube? In other animals, such as monkeys, we recognize much of ourselves. But cats are closer to us, explains Kleinherenbrink. And what about our four-legged friends? "Dogs are too stupid, sorry." Festival director Kirsten Ruber adds another reason to why cats are fascinating, their unpredictability. "Cats look cute but they are also fucking aliens. You never know what they will do."

Experimental
Of course, the conversation went beyond cat videos. Moderator Lisa Doeland talked with filmmaker Douwe Dijkstra about his film Supporting Film. Ruber explains why the prefeature short film should return to the cinema. "Makers of short films deserve a bigger stage, because they make stunning and interesting films." Short film projects offer room for spontaneity, partly because there is less money involved. For young filmmakers short film is ideal for experimentation. Dijkstra: "For me it's all about developing myself and learn new things. A big project, can quickly go over your head, with short films you can go step by step." Even as a viewer he can appreciate an experimental film. "Many films aim to explain everything, so that everyone understands it. But it is nice when you as the viewer can think and fill in the gaps." That everyone fills these holes differentley makes it even more interesting.

Short story writer Rutger Lemm concluded the talk show with a talk that had nothing to do with films, but a little bit with filling in the gaps. His story titled 'Game' involved his worries about the difficulty to distinguish between real and not real, between game and reality. Afterwards visitors left the Pavilion chuckling, back to reality.

Want to join the next Short Live? Grab a beer and a chair tonight, tomorrow and Saturday from 22:00 to 22:45 pm in the Pavilion.

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