Check out the photos from the Hollywood screening at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater
Thursday July 13th – Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 (room capacity 150+) at 7.30pm followed by Q&A. Screening part of the Old Pasadena Summer series.
Saturday July 29th – Matilija Jr. High School, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, CA at 4.30pm. Q&A chaired by actor and conservationist Ed Begley Jnr. Call 310 600 5356 to reserve a seat (300 seat capacity)
Saturday August 26th – TLC Chinese Theater, Auditorium 1, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California at 3pm, FREE Screening followed by Panel
RSVP to email@example.com or call 323-793-5150
If your local movie theater, school, community or neighbourhood is interested in sponsoring a screening of the film, get in touch via the website.
After a successful Earth Day screening at Oak Park High School, The Cat That Changed America featured in the Eco Tip environmental column of the Ventura County Star.
“Recently, the Oak Park Unified School District’s Environmental Committee hosted the screening of a documentary showing how reduced use of a particular hazardous material also benefits wildlife. “The Cat That Changed America” includes material powerfully presented by Poison Free Malibu to persuade viewers not to use anti-coagulant poisons for rodent control. Anti-coagulants kill mice and rats through internal bleeding, but poisoned pests take a long time to die. In the meantime, they often become food for wildlife, ranging from mountain lions to birds of prey, spreading the poison up the food chain.”
If you want to host a screening of this film for your community to raise awareness about the effects of anti coagulant rodenticides and the issues of connectivity facing all wildlife, get in touch via the website.
To celebrate EarthDay there will be a special screening on Thursday April 20th 2017 of The Cat That Changed America at Oak Park High School, 899 North Kanan Road, Oak Park, California 91377.
Screening starts at 7.00pm followed by Q&A with the Cast. Admission is Free. #Earthday
The star of The Cat That Changed America has much in common with the other A-listers in his adopted city of Los Angeles: the camera loves him, he has fans all over the world and he has mastered the trick of seeming relatable, despite hiding from the public in the Hollywood Hills.
In other respects, though, the mountain lion known as P-22 is an unlikely celebrity. The film, which had its LA premiere this week, tells the story of how it happened. At first P-22 was thought to be no more than an urban myth. Few people believed the scattered reports that a puma was roaming Griffith Park, the island of city-centre wilderness where the Hollywood sign stands. Then in 2012 a biologist captured images of the beast, 6ft 6in long, on a wildlife camera. The following year National Geographic filmed P-22 roaming his territory at night.
He has since been fitted with a GPS collar, which enables scientists to track his movements around the park and occasional sorties into nearby residential areas. Mostly he hunts wildlife on the hills and trekking trails but he is particularly partial to the deer in Forest Lawn cemetery, where Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Carrie Fisher, among others, are buried.
Last year he became the chief suspect when a koala vanished from Los Angeles zoo on a night when surveillance video and GPS data put him at the scene of the crime, but the city rallied behind him and he was allowed to stay.
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, California director of the National Wildlife Federation, says that Angelenos see themselves in P-22’s story. He is a migrant in a city of migrants who wandered from the Santa Monica mountains to the park, crossing two busy freeways in the process, only to find himself stranded and cut off from potential mates. “Who can’t relate to being dateless and stuck by traffic?” she says.
Tony Lee, director of the documentary, was beguiled by the romance of P-22’s story. “He’s the poster cat for urban survival.” P-22 now has his own Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tinder accounts — all maintained by Ms Pratt-Bergstrom, who has become so absorbed in the cause that “my husband feels like I’m having an affair”. She carries a giant cardboard cutout of the cat in her car and has a tattoo of his face on her left upper arm. In the film she compares P-22’s pioneer spirit to Neil Armstrong stepping on to the moon. She is trying to raise $50 million for a wildlife bridge across the 101 freeway. She is $47 million short, but optimistic.
The LA Premiere of The Cat That Changed America was on Thursday March 16th at the UCLA James Bridges Theater. The enthusiastic audience was very interested and energised and there were many laughs and gasps throughout the screening.
The panel was moderated by Laurel Hunt, the founder of the Green Screens Festivals, and afterwards the panelists – Alex Rapaport, Miguel Ordenana, Poison Free Malibu, Kim Lamorie and Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, were awarded a UCLA mug by Graduates Shane Malott and Paul Kurek. Ben Hoyle from the Times of London reviewed the film, saying that P22 has much in common with other A-listers who lives in the Hollywood Hills and that the camera adored him.
Photos Courtesy of Alex and Camille Rapaport and Colin Brown.
The Los Angeles Premiere of The Cat That Changed America will be at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA campus on Thursday March 16th at 7.00pm. The film will preview UCLA’s Green Screen Festival of Environmental Films. Tickets are free and can be obtained by following the link below:
“The Cat that Changed America” has been officially selected to have its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February.
You can find out the two screening times below and the full festival programme on the SBIFF website:
Friday February 10th in the Festival Pavilion behind the Lobero Theater, 33 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara at 11.00am, Reel Nature Filmmakers Seminar with Tony Lee and Alex Rapaport. FREE to the public
Friday February 10th in Fiesta Theater 2, 916 State Street, Santa Barbara at 4.20pm
Saturday February 11th in Fiesta Theater 1, 916 State Street, Santa Barbara at 1.00pm
Followed by Q&A with Tony Lee, Alex Rapaport, Beth Pratt, Miguel Ordenana and Joel Schulman
Tickets can be bought via the festival website http://sbiff.org
P-22 the most famous mountain lion in the world is a both a celebrity and messenger. So far he has managed to: survive the deadly traffic of Los Angeles; stealthily navigate the cities massive urban sprawl taking up residence in an area that represents 3% of a normal size home range for a mountain lion; and, recover from a potentially life-threatening case of rodenticide poisoning. For the most part P-22 has overcome the odds, but his story is a cautionary tale with an important message – one that is explored in the upcoming documentary film The Cat that Changed America.
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Mountain lions have been much in the news recently. In November, P-45, a radio-collared male mountain lion in the Santa Monica mountains broke into a pen and killed ten alpacas. Earlier this month, P-39, a female mountain lion, and the mother of three kittens, was killed trying to cross the 118 freeway near Chatsworth. Both incidents highlight the issues of urbanization, connectivity and fragmentation facing our mountain lions living in the Greater Los Angeles area.
It is very timely that my film, “The Cat that Changed America” will be released in 2017 when our proximity to and the issues of living with mountain lions figure so prominently in the headlines. The titular character is P-22, a 7-½ year old mountain lion living in Griffith Park, right in the heart of the city. His story is so captivating and inspirational I felt he deserved his own documentary feature film, “The Cat that Changed America”, which has been submitted to major film festivals in the US, including Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Francisco and Santa Barbara.
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