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Pet Project: Fido, Fluffy get screen time this month.

It is said that the world is divided into two types of people: cat people and dog people.

The evidence of this controversy is overwhelming. Humans are very passionate about their furry friends, whether they live with them or see them on the street.

The love for these companion animals is so abounding that it is really not surprising that a film festival exists, both for cats and dogs. This year marks the second annual “NY Dog Film Festival,” founded by Tracie Hotchner, and the first annual “NY Cat Film Festival”—because you can’t have one for very long without the other. The short films chosen for these festivals fill two programs each—two for cats, two for dogs—and range from informative to funny to sweet. There is a healthy mix of documentary and fiction.

The quality of the films also, oddly enough, ranges broadly. Some films seem to be well-bolstered slideshows with narration, while others have structured plots and characters. The cat festival, in its first year, seems to still be finding its whiskers, while the dog festival has more surefooted content. But no matter which program you watch, you will be struck with the realization that these are not just films about cats and dogs—they are films that show humans in relation to these companion animals. Cats and dogs serve as mirrors of our humanity. The way we react to these creatures, and pour our hope and love into them, is telling of the very people we are.

Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, these films will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh, and give you a chance to “ooh” and “aww” at lovable, furry creatures.

“The NY Cat Film Festival” and “The NY Dog Film Festival” will play on Nov. 10 and 11, respectively, at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg.


November Events
At Midtown Cinema 

Digital Theatre
Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.

“Everybody’s Talking about Jamie”
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Down in Front! Presents
“Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders” (1996)
Friday, Nov. 9, 9:30 p.m.

The First Annual NY Cat Film Festival 
Saturday, Nov. 10
Program 1: 12 p.m.
Program 2: 1:30 p.m.

The Second Annual NY Dog Film Festival 
Sunday, Nov. 11
Program 1: 12 p.m.
Program 2: 1:30 p.m.

3rd in the Burg $3 Movie
“The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1989) 
Friday, Nov. 16, 9:30 p.m.

Moviate Presents
“Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution” (2017) 
Sunday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.

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