Aktion Kat! - Shreveport Girl

Utilizing the classic theme of unrequited love, Aktion Kat's music video for Shreveport Girl follows our hero Aktion Kat, as they search for their heart's desire, the illusive, Space Kat, following them to the ends of the earth, and even as far as Shreveport.... there's even an knod to Georges Méliès.

  • Paul Garner
  • Paul Garner
  • Paul Garner
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Music Video
  • Genres:
    rock, pop, cartoon
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digitial Animation
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Director Biography - Paul Garner

Paul Garner (He/His/They/Meow) is an artist, musician & songwriter, and community organizer based in Memphis, TN. Originally from Shreveport, LA, he grew up with a natural proclivity for creativity, with both parents having backgrounds in the arts. Garner was active in the local punk music and arts scenes with his first band, “The Noids!” that hosted free all-age shows at Big D’s Bar-B-Que until he relocated to Memphis in 2006 to study at the now-defunct Memphis College of Art, graduating in 2011 with a BFA in painting. From 2012 to 2019 they worked as a community organizer for the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center around issues like housing & homelessness, public transit, police reform, and juvenile justice, and has continued to work to highlight solutions to inequality and poverty in Memphis.

While his political work may have outshined his artistic pursuits publicly, Paul has always continued making and developing his art. Though he has worked in many mediums over the years, currently, his main artistic vehicle is “Aktion Kat!” More an art project than a band. Aktion Kat! Was first developed while Garner attended MCA, as a comic book anti-hero in a psychedelic, scifi homage to trickster cats like Herriman’s Krazy Kat and the I.W.W. SaboCat. As Garner continued to write and perform music under the same name, Aktion Kat developed into an onstage fursona; the leader of an anti-capitalist rock group of anthropomorphic felines with corresponding comics, animation, videos, and backstory lore.

Aktion Kat has released 4 albums to date, Outta’ Tha Bag! (2019), Stay Home (2020), Toxoplasmik (2020), and Soft Power (2021). The current lineup is Aktion Kat on guitar and lead vocals, Alley Kat on bass and synth, and Smarty Kat on drums. Garner is the self-appointed minister of visual propaganda for Artkognito. Aktion Kat music, art, and merch can be found at aktionkat.com and on IG @paulartifice. Paul can be reached via paulgarnermemphis@gmail.com

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Director Statement

This was my first fully animated project.Using modern tools like photoshop and adobe character animator, I still wanted the video to have the feel and pace of a Saturday Morning Cartoon as if it were following the misadventures of Aktion Kat!