Songbird Documentary THE MESSENGER with Q&A
12:30pm - Sunday, Mar 20, 2016
Imagine a world without birdsong...
Join us at the Rio Theatre for a special screening of director Sue Rynard's contemplative and visually stunning THE MESSENGER, a documentary that explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Currently nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary, THE MESSENGER is an international story that mesmerizes audiences with stunning slow-motion sequences of songbirds in night flight – all the while chronicling the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive the turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.
Sunday, March 20
Doors 12:00 | Movie 12:30
Tickets $10 advance / $12 at the door
*All ages OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
Akin to the disappearance of the honeybee or the melting of glaciers, the film argues that the global demise of songbirds signals an uncertain shift in an already fragile ecosystem and explores our deep-seated connection to birds, while warning that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. THE MESSENGER leaves viewers with a profound appreciation for the billions of birds with whom we share our communities and our planet – and with hope for our collective ability to turn the tide.
Best Conservation Program, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2015
Top Ten Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015
Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente
Special Jury Award - 2016 “Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature,” Environmental Film Festival.
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