Duluthian’s film is finalist in Catdance Film Festival

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Sarah Kruchowski, a Duluth native and 1996 Duluth East High School graduate, is one of the creators of a film that is a finalist in the Catdance Film Festival. The short film, “A Fallen Star: The Untold Story of a YouTube Sensation,” is one of five films competing for a $10,000 grand prize.

The film premiered at a screening last Saturday in Park City, Utah. The grand prize winner will be determined by online voting, which continues through February 28. You can see the film and vote once per day here.

As a finalist, Kruchowski received an expense paid trip to the Catdance, which is held at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Kruchowski and producing partner Steven Huffaker wrote, directed and appear in the short film, a “mocumentary” about an aging cat, who was a YouTube sensation, but has fallen on hard times.

The Catdance Film Festival is sponsored by Fresh Step Kitty Litter and is a fundraiser for ASPCA. It is not an official part of the Sundance Film Festival.

Kruchowski and Huffaker are students in UCLA’s masters program in film directing.

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