The Hollywood Reporter -- This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

While film festivals often shine a spotlight on unknown artists, Tribeca's decision to screen Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper's feature-length Lil Bub & Friendz is a clever inversion of that classic model.

The documentary dives into the weird world of Internet cat videos, including those of the tiny, deformed and impossibly cute Lil Bub.

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"According to some people, the CIA plans to use cats as espionage agents," Eisner and Capper told THR in an e-mail, "but we think the cat obsession stems from a love of seeing something that isn't scripted on the Internet."

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