EL GATO CALLEJERO

THE ALLEY CAT IN ENGLISH WITH LAS SPANISH SUBTITLES

By Marie ULLRICH

ECONOPROD - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2014

A road movie on a bicycle. Jasper leaves an alley cat race and goes on a physical and spiritual journey on her bike, through Chicago’s nighttime streets, to an emotion-filled destination.

Festivals
& Awards

Eclipse Awards 2015
Best Direction
CayFilm 2015
Nominated for Best Feature
Atlanta Independent 2015
Nominated for Best Feature
Atlanta Independent 2015
Best Score
East Lansing 2015
Nominated for Best Feature
Chicago International Film Festival 2015
Chicago Award
Beloit 2016
Epoch Award
Big River 2016
Best Feature Film
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama, Road movie
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 67 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marie ULLRICH
    • Writer(s)
    • Marie ULLRICH
    • Producer(s)
    • Marie ULLRICH (Econoprod), Kathryn HENDERSON-SCHMUDDE (The Alley Cat LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • A road movie on a bicycle. Jasper leaves an alley cat race and goes on a physical and spiritual journey on her bike, through Chicago’s nighttime streets, to an emotion-filled destination.
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      The events of The Alley Cat take place during a single night.  Jasper, the main character, is the same character from Ullrich’s festival favorite short film Faster! in a completely new set of circumstances.
      We meet Jasper and her messenger friends during an alley cat race - an alcohol-fueled competition that is put on by bike messengers for bike messengers in alleys and deserted downtown streets in the middle of the night. The night takes a hard turn and becomes chaotic, then a meditation on the meaning of life and a spiritual journey for Jasper as she engages with the eccentrics and loners of the night during her ride to a mysterious destination and its emotional secret.
      By taking place during one night, the film exists in a liminal space. This liminality is echoed by the events that occur - things are overturned and unresolved.  This liminality is part of Jasper’s character; the mythological Messenger communicates between the gods, the mortals, and the underworld, occupying no space fully. The film occupies a dark space, but Jasper’s emotional and physical journey ends with hope and uplift.