November 10, 2017

Forget the 'Cat Lady' Archetype: Good Art Works Harder in 'Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats'

“I had never seen anything like this before.”

It’s not just enough to find an eccentric character and let their quirks motivate your film. A good documentary reaches past the eccentric spectacle for a story of universal human experiences. Otherwise, in filmmaker Jacob Feiring’s words, it’s “futile.” Feiring took that to heart when he decided to follow Samantha Martin’s shoestring cat circus for over five years to create Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats, premiering at DOC NYC this weekend.

“My concerns surrounding this subject matter led to a very observational approach.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool