- A new film about cat daddies premiered in New York on March 30.
- The film shows the vulnerable sides of men.
- Revenues from the movie’s online screening will go to chosen cat shelters.
What does a cat mean to a man? In the case of David Giovanni, an immigrant living on the streets of New York City, it’s practically everything.
The heartbreaking story of his struggle to keep his cat Lucky alive during the COVID-19 outbreak is told in a new film called Cat Daddies, which looks at modern masculinity through the eyes of eight different male cat owners.
The idea arose after director Mye Hoang observed her husband softening after they adopted their first cat: a profound and difficult-to-understand transformation.
She saw several males who were hopelessly devoted to doting on their furry pals on Instagram and wanted to learn more; she wanted to capture the shifting realities of masculinity in society.
However, as COVID wreaked havoc on the country and made Giovanni homeless in a pandemic with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis, the film shifted gears and became more emotive, focusing on the incalculable significance of a cat’s presence in our lives.
These men lead extremely varied lives and may be found all over the country: a truck driver, a school teacher, an actor/influencer, a firefighter, a software developer, and a police officer.
They are, nevertheless, connected in their affection for their cats. From adventure to comfort to a sense of purpose, an experienced directing/producing team documented how each cat proved to be the cause for something special and distinctive in their companions’ life.
Hoang noted in an interview that the movie is about men being able to exhibit their sensitive and vulnerable sides, and how this should all be part of the concept of power and leadership.
“Cats promote caring for others, both animal and man. Now during a pandemic, we know very plainly how pets contribute to our mental health and wellbeing. In the end, this is a film about taking care of each other,” he added.
Giovanni claims in the film that his cat saved his life.
Cat Daddies, which premiered in New York on March 30th, won five major awards on the independent film circuit. Interested moviegoers can contact their local theaters and request a showing of Cat Daddies, or they can watch an online screening that will collect funds for cat shelters.
The first online showing will take place on April 9th at 7:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. PDT), with all revenues going to Flatbush Cats, a rescue facility run by one of the film’s cat dads.
The second will take place on April 16th at the Art Theater in Long Beach, California. Little Lion Foundation, Long Beach’s first and only kitten nursery, will benefit from the proceeds. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.
Source: Good News Network