Vice, being Vice, visited the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, held last week in Minneapolis, Minn., and made a full-length documentary about the entire experience. It’s called Lil Bub & Friendz, was directed by Andy Capper and Danilo Parra. We asked producer Juliette Eisner, who keeps us up to date on all of Vice’s animal videos, to tell us a little bit about her experience at the festival, and why internet cat videos are so terribly interesting.
When one of the most renowned establishments chooses to create an event about felines, that is buzzed about all over the world, we think it would be crazy NOT to go see what’s up. Plus we are obsessed with cats. Meow.
We wanted to get some insight into why internet cats have taken over the world (and YouTube). But most importantly, we wanted to meet the very people behind the driving force that is the ever-growing cat obsession: the uploaders, the cat owners, the festival organizers, and the internet geeks.
Highs: Having drinks with Lil Bub at the hotel bar. Best. Date. Ever.
Lows: The gross hippie band that played the opening set before the festival. They thought they could distract people from their terrible music with some cat t-shirts and ears. Nope.
Internet cat video people are probably different than cat people who came before them in the sense that they now have machines that allow them to share their cats-periences on the interwebz… Equally as obsessed, though, I’d guess. Helllooooooo…. Egyptians painted cats on their walls ALL THE TIME.
I am zero percent a cat person but I am 100 percent on board with Lil Bub & Friendz. Based on this preview, it’s going to be super-adorable and super-weird.
Find out more about the Internet Cat Video Film Festival in the New York Times. Watch the award-winning internet cat videos on YouTube. And get ready for Lil Bub & Friendz, coming in fall from Vice. Thanks to Juliette Eisner for talking to us.