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Cat video festival to stop in Oklahoma City

On Saturday, the Internet Cat Video Festival will make its Oklahoma stop from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn in Oklahoma City.
By Paighten Harkins, Staff Writer Published: July 16, 2014
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David Bizzaro sits on a bench at the vet’s office with his cat, Toby. Bizarro filmed “The Girl From Normandy,” which will be shown at Oklahoma City’s Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday. The video featues a different cat, Rita. Photo provided
  
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David Bizzaro sits on a bench at the vet’s office with his cat, Toby. Bizarro filmed “The Girl From Normandy,” which will be shown at Oklahoma City’s Internet Cat Video Festival on Saturday. The video featues a different cat, Rita. Photo provided PHOTO PROVIDED - PHOTO PROVIDED

If you could harness the power of a cat video, you just might get world peace.

At least that’s what David Bizzaro says.

Bizzaro, a videographer and puppeteer who recently left Oklahoma City for Manhattan in New York, first had the epiphany after the Internet Cat Video Festival circuit picked up his video, “The Girl From Normandy.” When Bizzaro attended the event in Brooklyn, he noticed that people — no matter their age, gender, religion, creed, race, beliefs or interests — connected to the videos, as if the videos transcended human barriers or prejudices.

“For some reason, cat videos brought us all together, and it didn’t matter,” Bizzaro said. “If there was a way to use that to bring peace to the rest of the world.”

On Saturday — or Cat-urday, as the organizers refer to it — Oklahomans can see what Bizzaro means. The Internet Cat Video Festival will make its Oklahoma stop from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn in Oklahoma City.

In addition to the cat-themed face painting, a live band and booths for browsing, attendees can watch Bizzaro’s video and several other viral cat videos as part of the main event, which should begin around 9 p.m.

Bizzaro said his video, a short French nouveau film about his cat, Rita, started out like many other cat videos.

“I feel like with cat videos, the thing that always prompts them is just boredom,” Bizzaro said.

Bizzaro had just received a new camera and was about to go out on the road to shoot a documentary, when he got the idea for “The Girl From Normandy.”

Unlike most cat videos, which feature a cat doing something goofy like jumping in a box, Bizzaro wanted his video to follow a particular style and tell a story. He decided to make a French nouveau film because he saw elements in those films he could apply to his own cat. He shot “The Girl From Normandy” throughout Edgemere Park and in a Jefferson Park apartment.

“When you see women in (those films), they’re kind of cat-like, in that they’re always emotional, you know, kind of creative, and they explore, and they long,” Bizzaro said.

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Internet Cat Video Festival

When: 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Great Lawn.

Admission: Free.

For some reason cat videos brought us all together, and it didn’t matter. If there was a way to use that to bring peace to the rest of the world.”

David Bizzaro,

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