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Alternate Reality TV: The Racialicious Review of Cat Scratch Fever

By Guest Contributor Kendra James

Kara Elverson and Starla Gill (l-r). Courtesy: Fight Dirty Films

Lisa Duva’s directoral debut, Cat Scratch Fever, is many things. At its surface the hour-long film works as a cautionary tale about the millennial generation and our tendency to always be “plugged in” but, even as it verges on science-fiction dramady, it offers an interesting glance into female friendships and identities.

The movie follows Lisa and Ashley (Starsha Gill and Kara Elverson, respectively), who discover that using their computer screens they can watch an infinite number of alternate versions of themselves living out all possibilities of their own lives. Though this gives them the ability to explore their own identities, it also means watching them spiral as they lose track of which reality they’re actually living in.

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