|Katie Chang, Alex Wolff, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Michael Chen starring as young birders on a quest in the new Rob Meyer film, "A Birder's Guide to Everything."|
From out on the road, Kenn writes: It's official! The next birding movie will have its world premiere next month in New York City!
You may recall that I've previously written about A Birder's Guide to Everything, the feature-length film-in-the-making by Rob Meyer. Last July I introduced the film in this blog post. Later I visited the set while the film was being shot on location north of New York, and I wrote about the experience (and about the amazing amount of hard work involved in movie-making) in this post. Since that time I've been following the progress of the post-production work, as Rob Meyer and his team have worked through massive job of editing, mixing, and turning all the raw footage into a finished film. Of course, I still haven't seen the finished product, but I'm excited and optimistic about it: the screenplay was outstanding, the actual shooting of the film involved hugely talented people both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras, and birding was treated as a central element in the story. Best of all, the main characters are teenaged birders, and they are treated respectfully by the screenplay. What's not to like?
And now there is serious news: A Birder's Guide to Everything will have its premiere in April at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York!
This year's Tribeca Film Festival runs April 17-28. There's more information here, but it's a challenge to dig out; at first glance, the website may seem a bit obscure to outsiders. But don't be put off: search around and you'll find that this birding movie is indeed one of the features included in the "Viewpoints" section of the festival (linked here).
The schedule of screenings for the entire festival can be found here, but to cut to the chase, these are the times and places for A Birder's Guide to Everything:
Sunday April 21, 6:00 p.m., AMC Loews Village 7
Monday April 22, 6:00 p.m., Clearview Cinemas Chelsea
Wednesday April 24, 3:00 p.m., AMC Loews Village 7
Friday April 26, 6:00 p.m., Clearview Cinemas Chelsea
Buying tickets may be something of a challenge - right now only full ticket packages are available, and single tickets for individual screenings apparently won't be available until April 14 or 15 (more information here). Regardless, if you're anywhere in or near New York, I urge you to make the effort to go and see this film! I'm willing to bet that it will be extremely good, and that it will help to improve the overall public image of birding and birders. Kimberly and I are betting on it - we're going to New York (in the middle of a very busy time for us) to attend one of the first two showings. Maybe we'll see you there?