Competition Documentary Feature
Samantha’s Amazing Acro-Cats
Directed by: Jacob Feiring
USA, 2017, 58m
Talent in Attendance on April 12th
Driving around the country in a bus full of superstar cats isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. As with any posse of divas, there are going to be meltdowns, technical difficulties, and lots and lots of cleaning. For 42-year-old Samantha Martin, who has wanted to be an animal trainer since childhood, her self-styled cat circus is her life. This film follows Samantha through personal tragedy, worries of abandonment, and the artist’s constant struggle for enough money just to break even. Samantha wears her anxieties on her sleeves, but she still rolls them up and works like a dog for those cats. Is the exhaustion worth it? When you see cats “playing” drums and guitar, there’s only one possible way to answer that question.