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Bird Film Festival!

April 16, 2010

I like to imagine that I live in New York at least once a week. (The bulk of the imagining usually takes place on the day I receive my latest issue of the New Yorker, especially when I read the Goings On About Town section.) It turns out that if I were a New Yorker, I too could attend the Freaks and Beaks film festival at the Anthology Film Archives at the end of the month!

They’re showing all sorts of goodies, including an old favorite of mine, “Winged Migration.” Of course, they also have the Ur-Bird movie, Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” And a few I’d never heard of, including “Woodpecker,” which the New Yorker claims is “a comedy by Alex Karpovsky about a poet who is obsessed with a bird thought to be extinct.” And for documentary lovers, there’s also “Up on the Roof” about New York’s pigeon lovers. Surely, you wouldn’t want to miss the world premiere of Brigitte Cornand’s “Red Birds” about — just guess — her love of red birds. I’ll definitely be renting those last three movies shortly! (Do people still rent movies? Does that phrase reveal just how much of a luddite I actually am?)

So, if you happen to be in or near New York City anytime between April 28 and May 5, you can watch bird movies to your heart’s content! But be sure to take copious notes, and then tell me all about it. I collect information of this ilk.

Do any of you know of other (good) bird movies out there? There was that penguin craze a few years back that yielded all those penguin movies, which was great at the time, but I doubt I’d watch them again.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2010 2:16 pm

    I like anything with Big Bird in it. The Muppet Movie comes to mind.

    • April 16, 2010 2:43 pm

      How could I have forgotten about Big Bird?! Thanks for the reminder. And is he EVER a Big Bird.

  2. Fireweed permalink
    April 16, 2010 2:34 pm

    I liked Winged Migration too. It’s not exactly a movie but David Attenborough’s “The Life of Birds” is awesome.

  3. Fireweed permalink
    April 16, 2010 2:35 pm

    P.S. I still rent movies; I’m a luddite too!

  4. April 16, 2010 5:44 pm

    We saw “Woodpecker” last weekend. I laughed pretty much non-stop; Alison thought there was a little mean-spiritedness to it.
    “Rare Birds” was a serious disappointment; they could have made a spectacularly funny movie out of it and didn’t. Same with “Continental Divide,” a waste of John Belushi’s talents.
    I’m very eager to see “Pelican Blood” when it comes out on video, and h o p e f u l about “The Big Year,” though I thought the book was a missed opportunity.

  5. Greg Daugherty permalink
    April 19, 2010 9:33 am

    “Bird Man of Alcatraz” of course!

  6. Zane Groshelle permalink
    April 26, 2010 9:41 am

    Hi- Yes, There is also the film “GHOST BIRD” about the saga of the Ivory -Billed Woodpecker. Check that one out if you can make it to Anthology for a screening!


    • April 26, 2010 4:03 pm

      Hi Zane — thanks for reading my blog! The movie looks great — I’ll hopefully rent it one day. Ah, would that I were in NYC…

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