Fw: Cat killing glorified in movie...please write
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From: "Linda Moore" <ljmoore@...>
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
> >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
> >a Cat"
> >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
> >when they videotaped themselves skinning alive a domestic cat and
> >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
> >street today capable of committing further atrocities.
> >Below please find the column that appeared in the Toronto Sun, (also
> >available at
> >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)
> >Sample letter:
> >To the organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival:
> >I was horrified to learn that Linda Feesey's film, ・廚asuistry: The
> >of Killing a Cat,・・is scheduled as part of the Toronto Film
> >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.
> >Holiday, starred Jesse Power's friend Jubal Brown, who was outspoken
> >his support of Power during the cat video case.) Casuistry is another
> >opportunity for Power and his friends to defend their horrendous
> >According to the review in the Toronto Sun, the film features many
> >apologists for the cat torturers. The killers show no remorse for
> >By including this film in the Festival, you are not only condoning,
> >encouraging Jesse Power and his ilk in their actions of extreme,
> >premeditated, and illegal cruelty to animals. We urge you to remove
> >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
> >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
> >That we were right to revile the three goofs who made it and be
> >by their work. That nothing, nothing, could justify it. Now along
> >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
> >You need not be a cat-lover to remember: Jesse Power, Anthony
> >and Matt Kaczorowski, all 20-ish, made a snuff film one Friday night
> >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,
> >lead goof.
> >A few of Toronto's loopier artistes defended them, but hardly anyone
> >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.
> >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
> >art" flick, in which two cats are disembowelled and worn as hats.
> >Kantor filmed that gem. He has since won a Governor General's Award.
> >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
> >all righteous on me." Or, "I never got to eat the cat, but a lot of
> >people are feasting off of this cat."
> >Or, things got gory because he and his pals were "disorganized" and
> >of them gave him a dull razor. Plus they were dozy on drugs. And,
> >"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
> >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
> >swine flash across Casuistry. Remember, Power's "art video" was to
> >the "hypocrisy" of pets in a world of abattoirs. And, step right up,
> >Jesse Power chop off a runt chicken's head. See him cuddle a rotting
> >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
> >for a teddy bear. "Artists" say things like: "Young men, as they're
> >growing up and learning how things work, they always kill something.
> >part of growing and developing as a young person." Det. John
> >the humane society and the like, bring some balance and sense, thank
> >goodness. "I cannot condone, or condemn, what (Power and Co.) did,"
> >Zev Asher, down the line from Montreal. "I think it was a misguided
> >adventure, that they were inebriated and did something sick and
> >"I think Jesse is an artist. I don't think this was art at all, though
> >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
> >be "torn apart by a cougar" when he goes camping...it's hard not to
> >for the cougar.
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