Birders: the Central Park Effect

May 21 -

“...a delight for everyone. Bird watchers will find affirmation and even explanation for their avocation. People who can’t tell a towhee from a titmouse will still wonder at the beauty of it all.” —Wall Street Journal

“...charming…This isn’t a five-part BBC production with a whispered-awe narration, but a snappy introduction to a surprising subculture: the birders of New York City.” —Slate.com

“...shows the non-birders among us what we’re missing out on. And it’s pretty cool….a fascinating look at the avian world, the state of nature today, and Central Park and the birders who inhabit it” —GQ

Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.

Acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a charming fashion-averse teenager, and a bird-tour leader who’s recorded every sighting she’s made since the 1940s are among the film’s cast of characters.

Featuring spectacular wildlife footage capturing the changing seasons, the film reveals that Central Park acts as a magnet for the millions and millions of birds migrating along the Eastern Seaboard twice every year.  Desperate for a rest-stop, the tiny birds funnel in to this oasis of nature amid a sea of steel and concrete – a phenomenon known as the “Central Park Effect.”

Filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball’s lyrical film transports the viewer to a dazzling world that goes all but unnoticed by most of the 38 million who people America’s most famous park each year.

1hr | USA | NR

Directed by: Jeffrey Kimball

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