‘Cattapillar’: Rochester short film hits the big screen

December 15, 2018

It’s tricky, summarizing a short film without giving too much away. Writer and director Sera Horse, whose film “Cattapillar” starts and ends its theatre run on Friday, could only give away tidbits of information.

It’s “about a girl who goes crazy, kind of.” The genre? “Medical realism.”

The movie was filmed all around Rochester, with special emphasis on North Star Bar and the railroad tracks. It draws loosely from Lewis Carrol’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” And it’s about 20 minutes long.

It’s understandable that Horse didn’t want to give the plot away, so here are a few more tidbits from the enigmatic trailer: a woman pointing a gun. Dramatic music. And railroad tracks.

Note: the finished product is for mature audiences only.

Horse’s filmmaking journey began in New York City, where he lived for a number of years. He’d always had an interest in DSLR cameras and script-writing, and NYC’s readily available talent pool left him with “no reason not to try,” he said.

In November of 2014, he moved back to Rochester and finished editing his first short film. After some encouraging responses to the finished product, Horse considered his next project.

“I realized I didn’t have a lot of juice to make something that wasn’t the best I could do,” he said. For Horse, that meant a short film. “I realized that with a mounting horror, because it wasn’t like it was in New York City. I didn’t have the same resources.”

Fortunately, Rochester came through.

Though Horse pulled from other states for some supporting roles, his lead – neophyte Jamie McKee – and the vast majority of the cast are and were Rochesterites. Most of those cast members will get to see themselves on the big screen Friday night.

The film was mainly shot in October and November of 2016, but Horse filled in shots up through August of this year. He finished the final edits at the end of October, and quickly reached out to Marcus Theatres to set up the “World Theatrical Premiere” of his short film.

To get tickets, you’ll have to log onto Facebook and request one (or two) from Sera Horse or the “Cattapillar” Facebook page. Show those tickets on your phone to the Marcus Theatre folks.

If there are any seats available day-of, Horse said free printed tickets will be distributed at the front desk. However, as of the beginning of the week, there were fewer than 50 tickets remaining for the one-time showing.

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