Samantha's Amazing Acrocats


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3:30pm

“Samantha’s Amazing Acrocats” profiles 42-year-old Samantha Martin, who runs a traveling cat circus that struggles mightily to survive. Samantha has been training animals — dogs and cats, but also wild and exotic critters such as raccoons, lizards, alligators, squirrels, coatimundis, and servals — for her entire life. For some years now, she has concentrated her energies exclusively on domestic kitties, and with her cat acrobats and an ultra-tolerant assistant, she travels around the country in a messy, packed-to-the-rafters motorhome and puts on modest shows. Samantha, as you might expect, is an amusingly quirky personality, but her life can be hard: Her elderly parents, who live in Princeton, Ill., are near death; she longs for a romantic relationship that her peripatetic lifestyle makes unlikely; and her circus is a down-at-heels, hand-to-mouth affair that requires an astonishing amount of work for dismayingly minimal reward. But Samantha and her Amazing Acrocats bravely manage to persist in the face of adversity.

58 min.

Directed by

Jacob Feiring



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight



Film Website

Official Website

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