Emptying the Skies
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Roxie TheaterFri, May 30, 2014 6:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Film Type:Feature
Topic:Food Security
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Douglas Kass and Roger Kass | USA | 2013 | 78 min
English and Italian with subtitles

West Coast Premiere

Based on a magazine essay written in The New Yorker by best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen, Emptying the Skies explores the wonder and slaughter of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean. A delicacy in some Mediterranean countries, millions of birds are unlawfully killed each year for large sums on the black market. Filmmaker Roger Kass follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible. Jonathan Franzen executive produces the film - his first foray into feature motion picture production - and provides a narration that goes to the heart of what it means to protect these beautiful, vulnerable birds.

"It’s The Cove for bird lovers." - DC Metro Theater Arts


Discussion with: Roger Kass, director; Andrea Rutigliano, CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter); Jonathan Franzen, executive producer

You might also like to see Project Wild Thing (May 31) or Wrenched: The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang (June 4)

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Co-presented by: Golden Gate Audubon Society; Litquake ; San Francisco Film Society; Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
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