AUTOSTRADDLE: “Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats” Is About the Price of Following Your Dreams and Also Circus Cats
"It’s about human and feline potential and how us strays and weirdos put the glitter eyeshadow on because we know we’re actually superstars in waiting. It’s about claiming the autonomy to choose to leap through the hoop instead of being forced through by someone else’s normative narrative."
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"It’s not just enough to find an eccentric character and let their quirks motivate your film. A good documentary reaches past the eccentric spectacle for a story of universal human experiences. Otherwise, in filmmaker Jacob Feiring’s words, it’s “futile.” Feiring took that to heart when he decided to followSamantha Martin’s shoestring cat circus for over five years to create Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats, premiering at DOC NYC this weekend."
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THIRD COAST REVIEW: Film Review: Homespun Samantha’s Amazing AcrocatsA Lesson in Perseverance
"There’s something inherently watchable, charming and wholly entertaining about this hour-long work. Feiring takes something of a homespun approach to his filmmaking that matches his subject’s style of working her audience and piecing together her show. There’s such a sweet and unbreakable quality to Martin, even when we see her in her toughest times, and there are certainly one or two moments in Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats that are full-on inspirational."
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