SHORT AND SWEET – ‘Catnip: Egress to Oblivion’.

Catnip is the number one fix for the trendy feline – but at what cost?catnipThe Sundance awards for 2013 were announced last week. Jason Willis’ hilarious ‘Catnip: Egress to Oblivion’ was nominated for Documentary Short Film, but sadly didn’t win. I was rooting for it too.The documentary parodies narcotics broadcasts of the mid-twentieth century by making one decrying catnip. This should have been made years ago - everyone knows catnip is a dangerous, addictive and seedy hallucinogen which should not be taken lightly.All jokes aside, Willis’ film is funny and creative. He fabricates an entire drug literature based around the moggy maryjane. In trippy technicolour he distorts images of cats prowling across the screen. There’s even a ‘catnip’ song, featuring a sitar and reverbing vocals.  But best of all, Willis manages to do all of this whilst staying topical. As Colorado and other U.S states move towards legalising marijuana, the world has been given pause to think over what course should be taken in the ‘war on drugs’. This film asks us – how should we respond? What are our attitudes to drugs and drug users? Will drug use be something to laugh about in future?‘Catnip: Egress to Oblivion’ had me crying with laughter and I highly recommend it. You can watch it on the youtube link below. It only lasts 7 minutes, so it won’t cut too big a chunk out of your day.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3scQ0wq5zLEWatch more short films curated by Sundance Institute: youtube.com/screeningroomWritten and Directed by Jason Willis. Starring Giovanni Dominice, Neil Kight and Terry Easley.Nathan Leonard Image by ecatoncheires