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Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?



“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. “

This is a short film I wrote and directed in 2012 for $25 (all of which was truly spent on catnip). After debuting (and winning!) at the Loft Cinema‘s “First Friday Shorts” competition, it was accepted into the American Film Institute’s AFI Film Fest, followed by a run at the Sundance Film Festival the following year.

That all seemed amazing enough, but then my little film actually WON the Sundance Audience Award for Best Short Film in 2013, and a SLEW of festivals and awards followed (many of which you can see on the poster frame above) — truly an astounding ride for which I’ll always be grateful.

Director - Jason Willis
Narrator - Terry Easley
Giovanni Dominice MD
Dr Neil Kight ESQ
Nova - Vocal Interview Subject
Jules - Vocal Interview Subject
Maddux - Vocal Interview Subject
Wilbur - Vocal Interview Subject
Hawthorne - Featured Case Study
Jack - Featured Case Study
Jimmy - Featured Case Study
Johnny - Featured Case Study
Frankie - Featured Case Study
Johnny II - Featured Case Study
Pookie - Featured Case Study
Zoe - Featured Case Study
Additional Case Studies

Above:  Cast, Cats and Crew

Cast, Cats and Crew
Pictures of the fellas and felines behind this thing, including what I think we can all agree was the finest cast of cats ever assembled for comedy or drama.

And hey! If you’re looking for longer biographical sketches of everyone involved (and really, who isn’t?), well then by all means head on over to the expanded Flickr gallery that I’ve got going right here.

One Sheet Poster
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Nip Trip - Black Light Poster

Above: Stills and Related

Stills and Related
Here’s an assemblage of images that were either used in the film, to promote the film, or that I just thought looked kinda cool.

As an awesome aside, I’ve been sent photos from folks who have printed up real world versions of my “Nip Trip” black light poster and hung ’em up on their walls. WAY TO WAVE THAT FREAK FLAG, FELINE FANCIERS!

Above: Reviews and Press

Reviews and Press
I’ll admit it — I stopped updating this one after the load got to be too bananas, but there’s still a lot of the juiciest/ funniest/ craziest mentions of the film from its initial media flurry to be found inside of this gallery.

Above: Related Videos

Bonus Video Nonsense
Really I could probably post about a dozen little videos in this spot that relate to the film, but does the world REALLY need to see me walking around my house with a cat perched upon my shoulder meowing directions at me for 5 minutes? (“Readers! What do YOU think? Let us know in the comments section!”)

Anyway, here are a few quickies. Enjoy!


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