Film Series: The Beauty of Nature


2017 Film Series Brochure

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Tickets $10. Youth 18 and under free
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The Big Year July 9 - 5:00 pm
Peninsula High School, 27118 Silver Spur Road, RHE
(2011; 100 min) This high-flying comedy concerns a trio of competitive bird watchers who vow to win a contest by spotting and recording as many avian species as humanly possible. Based on Mark Obmascik’s nonfiction book. Cast includes Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson.

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    Emptying the Skies September 22 - 3:30 pm
    Peninsula Center Library, 701 Silver Spur Road, RHE
    (2013; 77 min) Based on a New Yorker essay by novelist Jonathan Franzen, this film exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for decades, with a number of species facing imminent extinction. This poignant documentary follows the intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers waging a war against poachers to disrupt illegal trapping.

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    Birders: The Central Park Effect November 18 - 4:30 pm
    Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W 6th Street, San Pedro
    (2012; 60 min) An extraordinary array of wild birds grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green joined by the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Author Jonathan Franzen, a birdtour leader are among the lively cast of characters in this charming, lyrical documentary that transports the viewer to the dazzling, hidden world of America’s most famous park.

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