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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

 

-- Timing Is Everything --

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Scott Crocker's independent "Ghost Bird" movie closed to excellent reviews at its world premiere at the HotDocs International Film Festival in Canada, and will soon announce it's U.S. grand opening. Ironically, unless a surprising announcement awaits in the wings, it would seem to be opening just as general interest in the species, after 4 years of searching, could be headed for freefall.

Indeed, many in the birding community, sad to say (...present company excluded obviously), almost find the storyline an embarrassment at this point, and the film's audience may actually be broader among non-birders and non-scientists than those to whom it most pertains. For the film it is almost a catch-22 situatiion: if no further/better evidence of the IBWO comes forth, the movie's relevance quickly fades, and if conclusive documentation of the IBWO does suddenly arise than the most significant chapter of the story is missing from the film. Still, as a historical document of a point and place in time and a brewing scientific debate, by all means, go view this offering if it comes your way:

http://ghostbirdmovie.com/
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