Members-Only Screening: Cat Person


Members-Only Screening: Cat Person

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members, you and a guest are invited to join us for a theatrical screening of Cat Person, followed by an in-person conversation with producer Helen Estabrook.

Beverages will be served prior to the screening, starting at 7:00 pm PT.

Helen Estabrook is a Film Independent Fellow who took part in our Fast Track finance market in 2020. She was also nominated for a Spirit Award (Best Feature, 2015), for her work as a producer on the film Whiplash.

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Susanna Fogel (The Flight Attendant, The Wilds) directs this genre-bending thriller about the horrors of dating in the 21st century, adapted by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex, The Pacific, Operation Mincemeat) from the acclaimed New Yorker short story by Kristen Roupenian. When Margot, a college sophomore (Emilia Jones, CODA) goes on a date with the older Robert (Nicholas Braun; Succession, Zola) she finds that IRL Robert doesn’t live up to the Robert she has been flirting with over texts. Cat Person is a razor-sharp exploration of the gender divide, the quagmire of navigating modern dating and the dangerous projections we make in our minds about the person at the other end of our phones.

When the New Yorker published Kristen Roupenian’s short story Cat Person, it caused unexpected havoc in the zeitgeist. What initially seemed like a small, perfectly-observed story about a brief romantic encounter between a 20-year-old girl and a 30-something man became a lightning rod for debate. Men and women argued about who was to blame in the story, whether the perspective on sex was unfair to men, whether that critique itself was unfair to women, and so on. The fervor over Cat Person became the narrative, which, on a meta level, proved that we are nowhere near done talking about issues of dating and sex.

The film was an official selection of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

From Rialto Pictures, Cat Person will be in theaters October 6.

2023, 119 minutes, color | Directed by Susanna Fogel | Written by Michelle Ashford | Starring Emilia Jones, Nicholas Braun, Geraldine Viswanathan, Isabella Rossellini, Hope Davis, Liza Koshy, Isaac Powell | Produced by Jeremy Steckler, Helen Estabrook | Executive Produced by Daniel Hank

Registration Information

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Arts Circle and Film Lover Members can register for this event starting at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 25. | Registration is free; one registration per Membership. | Proof of Member status is required to complete registration.


On the day of the event, registered Members may pick up tickets as early as one hour prior to the scheduled start time – look for Film Independent signage. Tickets are nontransferable and for general, unreserved theater seating only (except for Arts Circle Members). Attendees must be in their seat(s) at least 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Entry/seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests may not enter the venue without the Member who registered them present. Registration does not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand.

Masks are recommended, but not required. This is subject to change as we continue to monitor public health guidance.

Complimentary parking provided with validation. Garage entrance on Masselin.


Film Independent is committed to hosting events that are accessible. For inquiries regarding accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact us at or 323 556 9305.

Screening Policies

Availability window and registration capacity may vary; always register as early as possible. Limit one registration per Membership, per event.

Members are required to follow all rules and guidelines as laid out by Film Independent and/or its partners. If a guest has been registered for an event by a Member, these policies shall apply to that guest. Violation of policies may result in suspension or termination of Membership.

Event details and guest participation are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.