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    ... From: Linda Moore To: Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 10:54 AM Subject: [HOL] OFF-TOPIC: Fw: Cat
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      From: "Linda Moore" <ljmoore@...>
      To: <Holisticat@...>
      Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 10:54 AM
      Subject: [HOL] OFF-TOPIC: Fw: Cat killing glorified in movie...please write


      > Please help stop this atrocity done in the name of art and see that
      > these creeps are punished! Please cross post widely!
      >
      > Linda Moore
      > >
      > >----- Forwarded Message -----
      > >From: "Sherry" <perfectpet@...>
      >
      > >This is outrageous!!! Plz act & let the film people & Toronto
      > >authorities know what you think about this!!
      > >
      > >Cat killing glorified in movie............please write
      > >
      > >this is not off topic..it should be of concern to all those involved
      > in
      > >the care and welfare of animals....peggy
      > >
      > >-----Original Message----- From: In Defense of Animals
      > >[mailto:alerts@...] Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 6:01 PM
      > >
      > >Subject: Toronto Int. Film Fest. to screen "Casuistry: The Art of
      > Killing
      > >a Cat"
      > >
      > >Greetings,
      > >
      > >IDA has learned that the Toronto Film Festival plans to screen
      > >"Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat" during their "Real to Real"
      > >program. This film glorifies atrocities committed by three youths in
      > 2001
      > >when they videotaped themselves skinning alive a domestic cat and
      > called
      > >it art. Several of the police who watched the videotapes had to stop
      > >watching; some of them cried.
      > >
      > >The three youths were all given slaps on the wrist and are now out on
      > the
      > >street today capable of committing further atrocities.
      > >
      > >Below please find the column that appeared in the Toronto Sun, (also
      > >available at
      > >
      > http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Toronto/Mike_Strobel/2004/08/28/
      > >605479.html).
      > >
      > >What you can do:
      > >
      > >Please write to Toronto Film Festival Officials and let them know that
      > >you are disgusted.ツ Tell them you are boycotting the festival if this
      > >film is not pulled.
      > >
      > >Contact: Lynnette Gryseels, Press Officer Michele Maheux, Managing
      > >Director Toronto Film Festival E-mail: lgryseels@...;
      > >tiffg@...; proffice@...;
      > >customerservice@... Tel.: (416) 934-3200 Fax: (416)
      > 581-0214
      > >
      > >Sample letter:
      > >
      > >To the organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival:
      > >
      > >I was horrified to learn that Linda Feesey's film, ・廚asuistry: The
      > Art
      > >of Killing a Cat,・・is scheduled as part of the Toronto Film
      > Festival.
      > >As you likely know, the film discusses the notorious case of 2001 in
      > >which Jesse Power, Anthony Wennekers, and Matt Kaczorowski videotaped
      > >themselves torturing a cat.
      > >
      > >We would welcome efforts to raise awareness about this act of cruelty.
      > >However, you may not be aware that the producer, Linda Feesey, is an
      > >associate of the cat torturers. (For example, her 2002 film, Mr.
      > Kafka's
      > >Holiday, starred Jesse Power's friend Jubal Brown, who was outspoken
      > in
      > >his support of Power during the cat video case.) Casuistry is another
      > >opportunity for Power and his friends to defend their horrendous
      > actions.
      > >According to the review in the Toronto Sun, the film features many
      > >apologists for the cat torturers. The killers show no remorse for
      > their
      > >crime.
      > >
      > >By including this film in the Festival, you are not only condoning,
      > but
      > >encouraging Jesse Power and his ilk in their actions of extreme,
      > >premeditated, and illegal cruelty to animals. We urge you to remove
      > this
      > >film from your program. Please let me know as soon as possible what
      > >action you will take.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, _______
      > >Monday, August 30, 2004 COLUMNIST Sat, August 28, 2004 It gets even
      > >loopier
      > >
      > >By MIKE STROBEL -- For the Toronto Sun
      > >
      > >Casuistry: (1) The act of deciding questions of right from wrong. (2)
      > >Clever but false reasoning.
      > >
      > >And here we thought the Kensington cat snuff film was evil, pure and
      > >simple.
      > >
      > >That we were right to revile the three goofs who made it and be
      > repulsed
      > >by their work. That nothing, nothing, could justify it. Now along
      > comes
      > >Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat. It premieres at the Toronto Film
      > >Festival Sept. 14. The producer gave me a tape, since I wrote about the
      > >case.
      > >
      > >You need not be a cat-lover to remember: Jesse Power, Anthony
      > Wennekers
      > >and Matt Kaczorowski, all 20-ish, made a snuff film one Friday night
      > in
      > >2001.
      > >
      > >For 17 minutes, they tormented, tortured, and oh, so, slowly, killed a
      > >gentle, striped female cat in a Kensington house. The unlucky pet was
      > >later found skinned in a beer fridge. It was art, said Jesse Power,
      > the
      > >lead goof.
      > >
      > >A few of Toronto's loopier artistes defended them, but hardly anyone
      > else
      > >did. I mean, this was the Bernardo/Homolka of animal cruelty cases.
      > >
      > >Now, at last, the Three Stooges have their say. Casuistry: The Art of
      > >Killing a Cat is produced by Linda Feesey and directed by Zev Asher.
      > She
      > >made Sex and Cerebral Palsy. He made What About Me: The Rise of the
      > >Nihilist Spasm Band. They are not Disney.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >To set the mood, they open Casuistry with scenes from a 1980
      > "performance
      > >art" flick, in which two cats are disembowelled and worn as hats.
      > Istvan
      > >Kantor filmed that gem. He has since won a Governor General's Award.
      > But
      > >Jesse Power is the star of Casuistry. (It's his special word, right
      > >before "cat" in the dictionary.) He's even the soundtrack, yowling his
      > >Anti-Meat Eating Song. He speaks first in shadow, then, as he warms to
      > >the topic, in full view.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >His bangs dangle sexily. His eyes toy with the camera. "Man, am I
      > >charismatic," they say. "And misunderstood." And a whiner. The cops
      > "went
      > >all righteous on me." Or, "I never got to eat the cat, but a lot of
      > other
      > >people are feasting off of this cat."
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Or, things got gory because he and his pals were "disorganized" and
      > one
      > >of them gave him a dull razor. Plus they were dozy on drugs. And,
      > anyway,
      > >"everything takes a long time to die, no matter what it is." He got 90
      > >days, on weekends. He blames the papers, and society, and the young
      > woman
      > >who called the cops (in hopes of a reward, says our Jesse).
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >Pal Wennekers even manages to blame cats, "just a smarter version of
      > >rats, an artifact of human culture." Sometimes, bull-fights or
      > squealing
      > >swine flash across Casuistry. Remember, Power's "art video" was to
      > show
      > >the "hypocrisy" of pets in a world of abattoirs. And, step right up,
      > see
      > >Jesse Power chop off a runt chicken's head. See him cuddle a rotting
      > pig,
      > >play puppet with a baby orangutan's corpse. There is none of the
      > >Kensington tape.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >The filmmakers couldn't get their hands on it. They also couldn't find
      > >any backers, even in usually fertile arts councils and grant offices.
      > >Total budget was, oh, $500. Apologists were a dime a dozen, though. A
      > >friend of Matt's tells us how the guy is a talented writer and once
      > asked
      > >for a teddy bear. "Artists" say things like: "Young men, as they're
      > >growing up and learning how things work, they always kill something.
      > It's
      > >part of growing and developing as a young person." Det. John
      > Margetson,
      > >the humane society and the like, bring some balance and sense, thank
      > >goodness. "I cannot condone, or condemn, what (Power and Co.) did,"
      > says
      > >Zev Asher, down the line from Montreal. "I think it was a misguided
      > >adventure, that they were inebriated and did something sick and
      > stupid.
      > >"I think Jesse is an artist. I don't think this was art at all, though
      > I
      > >understand what he was trying to do." I dunno. You should see those 17
      > >minutes, Mr. Asher. I have. So when Jesse Power smirks that maybe
      > he'll
      > >be "torn apart by a cougar" when he goes camping...it's hard not to
      > root
      > >for the cougar.
      >
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