Quarantine Cat Film Festival Benefits Owen Theatre

If you love cat videos, a new film festival is hoping you’ll spend some time in furry paradise and help a Branson theatre at the same time.

The Quarantine Cat Video Film Festival is a 70 minute compilation of cat videos that can be watched through a virtual cinema. The proceeds from the “festival” will benefit the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson.

“The pandemic forced the Branson Regional Arts Council to close the Historic Owen Theatre last March, yet our expenses to lease and maintain the facility have continued without any productions to help support our efforts,” Jim Barber, Executive Director of the Arts Council, said in a statement. “Until we are able to safely welcome audiences back into this 200 seat venue, we are relying on virtual education classes in the arts and outdoor events to entertain our area residents. This online film fest is a fun and unique way to assist in our ongoing fundraising activities.” 

The festival is a partnership of more than 60 independent theatres in the United States who were forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets are $12, with half the ticket cost going to the theatre whose portal is used to watch the film.

The virtual cinema film was thought up by the owners of the Row House Cinema in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The response has been better than we could have ever hoped and we have so much great content to work with,” said Brian Mendelssohn, the film’s director. “It’s going to be a really fun feature with hilarious and adventurous cats and, of course, some adorable kittens too.” 

Tickets to see the movie and support the Historic Owen Theatre can be found at the Branson Arts website.

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