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Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion? — Trailer from Jason Willis on Vimeo.


Cat­nip is all the rage with today’s mod­ern feline, but do we really under­stand it?

Is it a source for harm­less kicks, or a poten­tially crip­pling addic­tion? Is it a tool to expand one’s con­scious­ness, or a down­ward spi­ral­ing path that can even­tu­ally lead to insanity?

Once and for all the facts about this con­tro­ver­sial sub­stance are frankly dis­cussed, in the long-lost drug edu­ca­tional film that never-was, “Cat­nip: Egress to Oblivion?”.


Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion? — Cast, Cats and Crew

Jason Willis - Writer and DirectorTerry Easley - NarratorGiovanni Dominice - Giovanni Dominice, M.D.Neil Kight - Dr. Neil Kight, ESQNova - Vocal Interview SubjectJules - Vocal Interview SubjectMaddux - Vocal Interview SubjectWilbur - Vocal Interview SubjectHawthorne - Featured Case StudyJack - Featured Case StudyJimmy - Featured Case StudyJohnny - Featured Case StudyFrankie - Featured Case StudyJohnny II - Featured Case StudyPookie - Featured Case StudyZoe - Featured Case StudyAdditional Case Studies

Exter­nal link to Flickr set.


Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion? — Stills and Related

"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - One Sheet Poster"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 01"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 02"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 03"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 04"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 05"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 06"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 07"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 08"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 09"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 10"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 11"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 12"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 13"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 14"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 15"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - Still 16"Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?" - "Nip Trip" Black LIght Poster

Exter­nal link to Flickr set.


Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion? — Reviews

The Atlantic - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The Atlantic - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Sundance Program Guide, 2013 - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Lawrence.com / Lawrence Daily Journal-World - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Laughing Squid - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Film Independent - Short Fix - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Short of the Week - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Vimeo Staff Pick - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Catster - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Buzzfeed - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The Vic and Sade Notebook - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?IMDB - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Metafilter - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Brobrubel's Blog - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Digital Film Tree - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The San Francisco Egotist - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Movie Reviews from a Spiritual Perspective - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Live Leak - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Propaganda3 - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Miss Cellania - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?366 Weird Movies - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Teleomorph - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?E-Verse Radio - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?A Role Model - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Roger Ebert's Journal - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Audio Visual Empalavras - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Hors-D'oeuvre - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Tube Filter - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The Verge - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Lawrence Daily Journal-World/ Lawrence.com - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?All About Indie Filmmaking - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Geek O System - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Grande Dame - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Joey Devilla - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Death and Taxes - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Punch Baby - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Badass Digest - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Media Bistro - Galley Cat - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?io9 - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Huffington Post - The AgitatorTucson Sentinel - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?ChelsMark - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Daily Grindhouse - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The Awesomer - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?C86 - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Film Army - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Crome Yellow - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?The Liberal Curmudgeon - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?How Stuff Works - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Tucson Weekly - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Digital Hunter - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Arizona Daily Star - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Bramare - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?Claude Annalisa Hoadley - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?USA Today - Associated Press - Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?

Exter­nal link to Flickr set.


Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion? — Elec­tronic Press Kit

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 01Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 02Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 03Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 04Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 05Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? - EPK 06

Exter­nal link to Flickr set.


Hello there Cat fanciers! I have made you some­thing ridicu­lous! In fact, I’ve even writ­ten you a song!

Allow me to present the long-lost 1970’s class­room drug edu­ca­tion film that never-was, “Cat­nip: Egress to Oblivion?”

Inspired by some of the amaz­ing edu­ca­tion­als unearthed by Some­thing Weird Video over the years, “Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion?” fea­tures COMPELLING NARRATION by Mr. Terry Easley, EXPERT TESTIMONY by Doc­tors Gio­vanni Dominice and Neil Kight, as well as a DAZZLING HOST of kit­tens and cats who came to the project via friends both near and far (with an extra spe­cial tip o’ the hat to Desi Aragon, Lee Bucyk, Kim Kysar, Ruby Mash­burn & Martha Lucille Sanders).

The total bud­get for this film was $25, all of which was spent on catnip.

Meeeeeeee­owch!

And hey! Be sure to check out the Face­book group too!


What’s this? Why it’s a SUPER EXCITING TEN-SECOND BONUS INTRO from when “Cat­nip: Egress to Obliv­ion?” played at the totally awe­some Dis­pos­able Film Fes­ti­val in San Fran­cisco, CA.

(As part of the event, they ask that their direc­tors come up with lit­tle 10 sec­ond “self por­traits” to screen before the show­ings, so this was mine.)

“Jason Willis / Self Por­trait” — 2013 Dis­pos­able Film Fes­ti­val (San Fran­cisco, CA) from Jason Willis on Vimeo.


And hey! Here’s my dar­ling cat Nova run­ning through a gamut of emo­tions as part of her screen test. What range!

Screen Test — Nova the Cat from Jason Willis on Vimeo.


Writ­ten and Directed by Jason Willis

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