For a movie premiere at the Lincoln Center in New York City, you’d expect the star to be maybe Matt Damon or Gwyneth Paltrow. The star of this movie, however, is Aeris the cat. But Aeris is no ordinary cat; he’s a kitten dying from a fatal disease.
When young New York City-based filmmakers Aly Miller and Paul Castro Jr. suffered the heartbreak of a kitten with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), they said, “We’ll make a movie so the world will know about FIP to raise money for a treatment, and spread the word about purchasing cats from pet stores.”
With dogged determination, these cat lovers raised the money to make the film, a professional short movie which will be screened ultimately at various film festivals, but is being shown first at the prestigious Lincoln Center. The screening is a fundraiser for the Winn Feline Foundation Bria Fund, which raises dollars for FIP studies. And incidentally, those studies are now paying off more than most might have thought, as Dr. Niels Pedersen, professor emeritus at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is actually closing in on a possible treatment.
However, more funds are needed to get there.
Aeris will be screened November 3 at the Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th.
Doors open 7 p.m.
As part of the program, filmmakers Miller and Castro will introduce the movie. Susan Gingrich, who created the Bria Fund and is exceedingly knowledgeable about FIP, and myself will be there on November 3 to answer questions regarding current FIP research and where that is leading. I will also talk about the Winn Feline Foundation, which is celebrating 50 years.
All attending will receive a copy of a 50th Anniversary Commemorative book, 50 Years of Celebrating Feline Health. Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit that solely serves to support cat health by funding studies around the world.
Also, there will be lots of raffle items available.
Following the event, don’t miss the yowling after party at the Library Bar on Hudson (358 West 58th Street). We will celebrate those cats now surviving with FIP and celebrate the spirits of those lives lost.
Please join us before tickets sell out: