“I frankly don’t see a big difference between the life of a cat and the life of me,” says Dorian Rence as we follow her into the tunnels of New York City and on to the stage of The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Currently in her 40th year with the Philharmonic, Dorian Rence was the 7th woman to join at age 22 in 1976. “Feral Love” tracks Dorian’s rise through the elite classical music world and her descent into the bowels of the city to care for some of the neediest among us. Crazy cat lady? You decide.


Summer on the Hudson
and the
NYC Parks & Riverside Park Conservancy

“Feral Love” at sunset on the 72nd Street Track Lawn

Friday, August 11, New York City
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Bring your blankets and join us on the grass! (Lawn chairs okay around the periphery only)

Free and open to the public!

“A must-see film for any music, animal or cat lover!”

– Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals


“Truly inspritational and so very touching. Dorian has restored my faith in humanity.”

– Glenn Dicterow, Concert Master,
New York Philharmonic 1980 – 2014

“A touching portrayal of a great artist and her love of cats. 4 PAWS UP!”

– Neighborhood Cats


Performing the three main musical themes of “Feral Love” are 7 members of The New York Philharmonic:

  • Eric Bartlett (cello)
  • Lisa Kim (violin)
  • Eileen Moon (cello)
  • Orin O’Brien (bass)
  • Dorian Rence (viola)
  • Fiona Simon (violin)
  • Rebecca Young (viola).

The three compostitions are:

  • Piano Concerto in G Major (2nd Movement – Adagio assai) by Maurice Ravel, Arranged for string sextet by Eric Bartlett
  • “Spirit of Gentleness” by James K. Manley Arranged for strings by Eric Bartlett
  • Viola Concerto in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann

Clarinet pieces are from 1963 recordings of Dorian Rence’s father, Richard Rence performing Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26.


Tulsa American Film Festival

October 15, 2016


In a Tulsa World interview, festival programmer Colleen Thurston talks about “Feral Love”:

I’m terribly allergic to cats, so I wasn’t too excited about this submission, but then I watched it. And then I went back and watched different parts again, and it brought me to tears. It’s just such a beautiful human story that it took me by surprise.

Kansas International Film Festival

November 9, 2016


Featuring a viola performance by Dorian Rence following the film.

St. Louis International Film Festival

November 11, 2016


Featuring a viola performance by Dorian Rence + a panel discussion hosted by Best Friends Animal Society following the film.


  • Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016


Featuring a post-screening Q & A with Director & Dorian Rence