The feline dads of ‘Cat Daddies’ are the purring parents


You might not think the #MeToo movement, toxic masculinity, and the pandemic would factor into a heartwarming documentary about cats — but “Cat Daddies” isn’t your typical documentary.

“Cat Daddies” is the brainchild of Dallas-born director Mye Hoang. It has its Texas premiere Friday at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

“My film features an array of different and unique men from across the United States,” Hoang says. “They have all kinds of different professions. One is a truck driver, another is a Hollywood stuntman, another is a Hollywood actor and a chat influencer; another is a school teacher, a software engineer. There is also a man who lives on the streets of New York with his cat. And his cat is the only thing he has. So we have so many stories from all walks of life, and it’s about how all these men – (and their cats) changed their lives forever.

“There are a lot of men out there who are caring and compassionate,” Hoang says, addressing some of the societal pressures his film alludes to. “Genuine men who don’t feel like they have to wear the mask of what everyone else thinks is ‘manly, tough and strong’.”

One of those men – David Durst, with his Instagram-famous feline “Tora the Trucker Cat” – will be there in person this weekend.

“I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas,” Hoang says. “I also worked at the Angelika Film Center and many other theaters in Dallas. So bringing it back to the theater that I worked in when I was much younger is just amazing. It’s like everything has closed the loop.

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