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Lil Bub & Friendz

Lil Bub & Friendz is a 2013 documentary directed by Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner.[1] It stars Lil Bub and her owner Mike Bridavsky and looks at cats on the Internet, Internet memes and viral videos.[1] Lil Bub & Friendz premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.[1][2][3]

Lil Bub & Friendz
Directed byAndy Capper
Juliette Eisner
Produced byJuliette Eisner
CinematographyDanilo Parra
Edited byDevin Yuceil
Release date
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film follows Lil Bub and Bridavsky as they visit other "cat-lebrities" and go to the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1][4] The film has appearances of Keyboard Cat, Nyan Cat and Grumpy Cat and an interview with their self-described "meme manager" Ben Lashes.[2][5][6][7]


  • Lil Bub as herself
  • Mike Bridavsky as himself
  • Keyboard Cat as herself
  • Grumpy Cat as herself
  • Ben Lashes as himself, a self-described "meme manager"



Eisner's original pitch was a video short about "crazy cat people" at the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival.[8] Eisner contacted Lil Bub and Bridavsky because Vice worked with them on an earlier video.[8] Capper and Eisner knew that Lil Bub would be the star as soon as they met her.[7][8] They decided to make a full-length film after seeing the turnout of 10,000 people at the festival in Minneapolis including travelers from New York City, China and Seattle.[5][9] Filming took five months.[8]

During filming Lil Bub had a serious health episode but recovered.[6][9] Bridavsky called it "a very scary week"[6] and Capper said "this is going to be the most depressing cat movie ever."[9]


Vice created three movie posters including a parody of Jaws with Lil Bub looking up at a swimming woman and a shot from her photoshoot with Bullett Magazine.[10][11] Complex ran "Lil BUB Week" leading up to the premiere.[12]


Tribeca Film FestivalEdit

Lil Bub & Friendz premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013.[1][2] It was also screened at the Tribeca Drive-In and Tribeca Online Festival.[1] Lil Bub, Bridavsky, Capper and Eisner attended the Tribeca Drive-In outdoor screening at the World Financial Center Plaza on April 20.[1][9][13] Lil Bub did a petting and photo session.[9][13] Festival co-head Robert De Niro met Lil Bub at the Director's Brunch on April 23 after co-head Jane Rosenthal quipped to The Hollywood Reporter "I keep saying Little Bub needs to meet Big Bob."[14][15][16] Lil Bub & Friendz won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.[3]


Lil Bub & Friendz was screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.[17] It was shown at Metro Chicago on October 10 raising $1,800 for Tree House Humane Society.[18][19][20]


The movie was released online on the VICE website on September 6, 2013.[21][22]


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  2. ^ a b c Makarechi, Kia (2013-03-18). "'Lil Bub & Friendz' Trailer: From Meme To The Movies (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2013-04-08.
  3. ^ a b The Editors (2013-04-25). "Here Are Your TFF 2013 Award Winners | Tribeca". Retrieved 2013-04-29.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (2012-08-31). "Internet Cat Video Film Festival, at Walker Art Center". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b Angela Lutz (2013-04-11). ""Good Job Bub": Lil Bub and Friendz Turns the Internet Cat Video Into an Adorable Documentary - Page 1 - Film+TV - Los Angeles". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  6. ^ a b c Rothman, Lily (2013-03-07). "'Lil Bub & Friendz': Internet Cats, Behind the Memes |". Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  7. ^ a b Sykes, Tom (2013-04-19). "Lil Bub, The World's Cutest Cat, Stars In Documentary Lil Bub & Friendz at Tribeca". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  8. ^ a b c d "Interview: Director Juliette Eisner Discusses the Making of "Lil BUB & Friendz"". Complex. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  9. ^ a b c d e Zakarin, Jordan (2013-04-21). "Lil Bub Movie: Tribeca Film Fest Screening Delights Fans". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  10. ^ VICE Staff (2013-03-06). "Lil Bub & Friendz Premieres at Tribeca! | VICE United States". Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  11. ^ Price, Kathryn. "The Many Faces of Lil Bub, the Most Famous Cat on the Internet". Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  12. ^ "Presents: Lil BUB Week!". Complex. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  13. ^ a b Wortham, Jenna. "Lil Bub Hits the Tribeca Film Festival -". Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  14. ^ Chelsea White (2013-04-23). "Robert De Niro is outshone by 'world's most famous internet cat' Lil Bub at Tribeca Film Festival | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  15. ^ "Robert De Niro Met Internet Kitty Lil Bub and Took This Amazingly Adorable Photo". E! Online. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  16. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (2013-04-09). "Tribeca: Robert De Niro, Lil Bub and New York Flavor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  17. ^ "SIFF stereotypes challenged with cat-studded 'Lil Bub & Friendz' - Blog". Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  18. ^ "Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  19. ^ "Metro | Chicago | Concert Calendar". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  20. ^ "Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  21. ^ "Tijdlijnfoto's". Facebook. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  22. ^ "Lil Bub & Friendz". VICE. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-09-09.

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