Science on Screen: Ghost Bird


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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Film Info
Program:Science on Screen
Virtual Cinema
Tags:Science & Technology
Release Year:2009
Runtime:84 min
Country/Region:United States
Print Source:Matson Films
Director:Scott Crocker
Producer:Scott Crocker
Cinematographer:Damir Frkovic
Editor:Scott Crocker
Composer:Zoë Keating


MSP Film Presents Science on Screen®

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Live Talk - Science and Emotion of Extinction

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM

Join MSP Film for the National Evening of Science on Screen® and tune into a live talk by Dr. Nicholas A. Mason, LSU Professor and LSU Museum of Natural Science Curator.

Dr. Nick Mason will discuss the science and emotion of extinction, including population declines and detectability, the false hope of ‘deextinction’, and ongoing conservation priorities. Nick will highlight the importance of natural history collections and continued scientific collecting in conservation, ending with a brief tour of the research collection at Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, where Nick recently joined as an Assistant Professor and the acting Curator of Birds.


About the Film

Screening March 23-25

In 2005, scientists announced that the Ivory-billed woodpecker, a species thought to be extinct for 60 years, had been found in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas. Other creatures have wrongly been presumed extinct, but the reappearance of the Ivory-bill was celebrated around the world as the rediscovery of a lifetime, prompting the largest recovery effort ever undertaken for a lost species. Millions of dollars poured in from the government while ornithologists and birders flooded the swamps to find the rare bird. Down the road, the town of Brinkley, Arkansas - itself on the brink of extinction – was transformed by the hope, commerce and controversy surrounding their feathered friend. But continued sightings by expert birders only highlighted the mysterious absence of credible evidence. Now, years later, the woodpecker remains as elusive as ever. Ghost Bird brings the Ivory-bill's blurry rediscovery into focus revealing our uneasy relationship with nature and the increasing uncertainty of our place within it.

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

Creative pairings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.