Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Cat Rescuers

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 minutes

The Cat Rescuers
The Cat Rescuers
The Cat Rescuers
The Cat Rescuers
The Cat Rescuers

New York City streets are home to at least half a million feral or abandoned cats. Thankfully, the city also has an abundance of generous people who want to give these furry creatures better (and safer) lives. Although THE CAT RESCUERS features plenty of adorable kitties, the documentary’s real stars are the kind-hearted souls who make personal sacrifices to save these animals. Fierce and protective Sassee dedicates much of her free time to looking after vulnerable cats. Mild-mannered Stu (dubbed “Superman to the cats” by one neighbor) rises before dawn to feed Brooklyn strays before heading to his day job. And sensitive activist Claire, the co-founder of nonprofit Brooklyn Animal Action, has devoted nine years of her life to rescues. Yet the beauty of THE CAT RESCUERS is how much the felines also help their saviors. Ambitious Tara, for example, fosters and cares for cats because they helped her survive personal trauma, addiction, and maybe even loneliness. Give this film a loud purr and two paws up. —A.Z.

CIFF43 Screenings

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Capitol Theatre

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence

Rob Fruchtman is a director, producer, and editor of documentaries and television programs. He won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Director Award for “Sister Helen”, which aired on HBO. He has won three Emmys for his work with PBS. Steven Lawrence is a producer-director whose documentaries have appeared on PBS, MTV, and A&E. His work has received an IDA Documentary Achievement Award, 3 Cine Golden Eagles, the Special Jury Award from the Locarno Film Festival, and the Golden Butterfly from Movies That Matter.


Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence

Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence

Rob Fruchtman

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