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"KITTY DECIDES" MUSIC VIDEO TO BENEFIT ANIMAL RESCUE COMING SOON


Kitty Decides trailer at Vasquez Rocks

 
An egg-shaped trailer painted bubblegum pink stands alone in a desert, framed by rocks jutting dramatically skyward. From inside, a woman in a skintight catsuit emerges and begins to dance to a percolating electronic beat punctuated by purrs and meows. 

Los Angeles, CA -- Production has wrapped for KITTY DECIDES, a web installation by media performance artist Amy Raasch. A treatise on cat behavior and the international obsession with the online feline, the music video/performance event premieres Spring 2015. Proceeds from the project will benefit animal rescue efforts.

"Many cats love being pet...until the moment when they do not," says Raasch, whose multi-media performances embrace animal themes. "That is when play gets serious. The song and video were inspired by that moment."

Artist Amy Raasch on set


"Some perceive cat's changing moods as precarious, but they are not so different from humans. Lovers change their minds, family members snap at each other, people step on each others' necks to advance their careers. Unlike animals, humans don't have an excuse when they act like animals." 

Playwright, actor and musician Raasch's forthcoming media installation, GIRLS GET COLD, is a mash-up of music, film and theatrical storytelling that examines animal behavior in humans and vice-versa. "There will be talking animals," promises Raasch. KITTY DECIDES, The project's debut video focuses on cats, many of whom have already become Internet sensations, including Wiggle CatKitty vs. Robot and the infamous OMG Cat.

Raasch also discovered new talent, garnering amateur video from pet owners who believe their cats belong on camera, as well as capturing experienced stage performer, Tuna, in her element.

Music was produced by songwriter David PoeKelly Jones, whose 80s-reminiscent viral video for the Foo Fighters, White Limo, quickly garnered millions of views on YouTube, directs.

Each year, Americans spend over $56 billion on pet care and rack up billions more views of online cat videos every day. Most of the time, the benefit to the cats they love to watch = $0. With proceeds benefitting animal rescue efforts, KITTY DECIDES aims to inspire cat video devotées to support rescue organizations in need, including Stray Cat Alliance, NKLA and Santé d'Or.
 
With a rock band of seven-year-old "grrrls," a handful of curious rescue kittens and the artist alternating between a Julie Newmar-inspired catsuit and leopard print, hoodie-footie pajamas, principal shooting for KITTY DECIDES took place at Vasquez Rocks, the desert park near Los Angeles, which provided a memorable backdrop for 1960s episodes of Star Trek. Cameras rolled on Raasch as she danced fervently in 100-degree sun. "The right way that Kitty likes," she purrs into the lens. "The wrong way, when kitty BITES!"

Nearby, in a pink, air-conditioned 1956 Pleasurecraft trailer, a rescue cat named Tuna clicks on a remote control, watching videos on an orb-shaped vintage television. "We watch cats. Cats watch us," muses Raasch, adjusting the ears of her leopard-spotted onesie. "What do we learn from our virtual pets?"

 
  • Amy Raasch live at the #MilesMemorialPlayhouse 2015. The live multimedia performance includes music and stories about love and animals. Pictured here: a bear who falls in love with a bee. #MHPLive #LosAngeles #music #multimedia #lovemakesusanimals
    Amy Raasch live at the #MilesMemorialPlayhouse 2015. The live multimedia performance includes music and stories about love and animals. Pictured here: a bear who falls in love with a bee. #MHPLive #LosAngeles #music #multimedia #lovemakesusanimals
  • First choice: hawk. Loved interacting with birds of prey at @skyfalconry. #falconry #birdsofprey #redtailedhawk
    First choice: hawk. Loved interacting with birds of prey at @skyfalconry. #falconry #birdsofprey #redtailedhawk
  • Dear friends - #KITTYDECIDES, my web installation to benefit animal rescue, now has its own Instagram: @kittydecides! I'll still be here, but I wouldn't want you to miss the electropop cat party getting started over at @kittydecides. Come on by for music, cats, and treats! #musicvideo #music #animalrescue #catparty
    Dear friends - #KITTYDECIDES, my web installation to benefit animal rescue, now has its own Instagram: @kittydecides! I'll still be here, but I wouldn't want you to miss the electropop cat party getting started over at @kittydecides. Come on by for music, cats, and treats! #musicvideo #music #animalrescue #catparty
  • Words to live by at @pussandpooch. #KITTYDECIDES
    Words to live by at @pussandpooch. #KITTYDECIDES
  • @stovepipe_the_traveling_cat in the foreground, @sirsorbet and @sunglasscat napping snugly in the background. The cats seem to love the fuzzy chairs at @pussandpooch, and I know what they mean. I don't know what it is about the vibe in that place -- I never want to leave! Thanks to Scott, Janene and @the_la_cat_club for another excellent soirée. #KITTYDECIDES
    @stovepipe_the_traveling_cat in the foreground, @sirsorbet and @sunglasscat napping snugly in the background. The cats seem to love the fuzzy chairs at @pussandpooch, and I know what they mean. I don't know what it is about the vibe in that place -- I never want to leave! Thanks to Scott, Janene and @the_la_cat_club for another excellent soirée. #KITTYDECIDES
  • Loved meeting @stovepipe_the_traveling_cat at @the_la_cat_club party at @pussandpooch last night. This beautiful cat was saved from a kill shelter at the eleventh hour, and now delights people worldwide with his ability to travel anywhere. His human, Eric, was a dog guy before Stovepipe, and simply didn't know that cats generally prefer not to be removed from their territory for any reason. I grew up in a large family, and I guess if you can bundle up 5 kids in snowsuits, you can take a cat out of town. If the cat wants to, of course. As always, #KITTYDECIDES. Thanks to #KarenMcGill, mom to @sunglasscat & @sirsorbet for the photo.
    Loved meeting @stovepipe_the_traveling_cat at @the_la_cat_club party at @pussandpooch last night. This beautiful cat was saved from a kill shelter at the eleventh hour, and now delights people worldwide with his ability to travel anywhere. His human, Eric, was a dog guy before Stovepipe, and simply didn't know that cats generally prefer not to be removed from their territory for any reason. I grew up in a large family, and I guess if you can bundle up 5 kids in snowsuits, you can take a cat out of town. If the cat wants to, of course. As always, #KITTYDECIDES. Thanks to #KarenMcGill, mom to @sunglasscat & @sirsorbet for the photo.
  • "We must sing until the song puts forth roots, trunk, branches, birds, stars..." Certain chords from the #EricWhitacre compositions sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in yesterday's dress rehearsal made me want to burst into tears. Congrats to @kteddles on her profound singing and speaking solo, and to the entire chorale for an evocative impersonation of rain. Catch this brilliant concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend if you can. @kaitmchugh
    "We must sing until the song puts forth roots, trunk, branches, birds, stars..." Certain chords from the #EricWhitacre compositions sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in yesterday's dress rehearsal made me want to burst into tears. Congrats to @kteddles on her profound singing and speaking solo, and to the entire chorale for an evocative impersonation of rain. Catch this brilliant concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend if you can. @kaitmchugh
  • Had a blast chilling with @sirsorbet at the @kittybungalow party at @pussandpooch. Rumor has it that his distinctive curly whiskers may be due to a shelter confinement in the past. Thank goodness he's made it to the good life now! I wonder if we'll get to see him again tomorrow at @pussandpooch for @the_la_cat_club party. See you there! #KITTYDECIDES #AdoptDontShop #cats_of_instagram
    Had a blast chilling with @sirsorbet at the @kittybungalow party at @pussandpooch. Rumor has it that his distinctive curly whiskers may be due to a shelter confinement in the past. Thank goodness he's made it to the good life now! I wonder if we'll get to see him again tomorrow at @pussandpooch for @the_la_cat_club party. See you there! #KITTYDECIDES #AdoptDontShop #cats_of_instagram
  • At the edge of a continent. #Territory #LoveOrInertia #VeniceBeach.
    At the edge of a continent. #Territory #LoveOrInertia #VeniceBeach.
  • My handsome vintage tiger planter does a great job guarding my computer. Anyone know where I can find some green, cateye-shaped crystals approximately 5mm to enhance my new friend's vision? #KITTYDECIDES
    My handsome vintage tiger planter does a great job guarding my computer. Anyone know where I can find some green, cateye-shaped crystals approximately 5mm to enhance my new friend's vision? #KITTYDECIDES
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