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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #51: Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper Take the Cat Video Phenomenon to Another Level With 'Lil Bub & Friendz'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire April 17, 2013 at 4:21PM

We all love cats. We're all guilty of spending ridiculous amounts of time indulging in cat videos, cat memes, and for some of us, even following famous cat Twitters. Grumpy Cat may be the most well-known cat of last year, but filmmakers Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper propose there is a more famous, more lovable -- and definitely more positive -- celebrity cat: Lil Bub. It may seem absurd that the cat video phenomenon has gone to the level of a full documentary feature, but "Lil Bub & Friendz" explore this craze and introduces us to some of our favorite famous kitties across the country (don't deny your excitement).
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We all love cats. We're all guilty of spending ridiculous amounts of time indulging in cat videos, cat memes, and for some of us, even following famous cat Twitters. Grumpy Cat may be the most well-known cat of last year, but filmmakers Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper propose there is a more famous, more lovable -- and definitely more positive -- celebrity cat: Lil Bub. It may seem absurd that the cat video phenomenon has gone to the level of a full documentary feature, but "Lil Bub & Friendz" explore this craze and introduces us to some of our favorite famous kitties across the country (don't deny your excitement).

What it's about: Juliette: CATS
Andy: Love and death

About the filmmaker: Juliette: Beauty and the beast.

Andy: Juliette, you are not a beast. Don't be so hard on yourself.



What else do you want audiences to know about your film? Andy: This originally started off as a 10 minute project about the Minneapolis Internet Cat Video Film Festival but as soon as we were in the presence of Lil Bub I got goosebumps and knew that it could be a feature.



What was your biggest challenge in developing this project? Juliette: The ending.

Tribeca Film Festival "Lil Bub & Friendz"

What would you like Tribeca audiences to come away with after seeing your film? Juliette: Overwhelming happiness and joy.

Did any specific films inspire you? Andy: Definitely E.T.

What do you have in the works?  Andy: Grumpy Cat Strikes Back.

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.



Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on April 17 for the latest profiles.

This article is related to: Tribeca Film Festival, Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers, Lil Bub & Friendz