Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Deborah Dickson and produced by Muffie Meyer, who directed the original documentary, Grey Gardens (with the Maysles & Ellen Hovde), The Lost Bird Project is a documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain’s project to memorialize them. From the tropical swamps of Florida to the rocky coasts of Newfoundland, the film follows McGrain as he searches for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiates for permission to install his large bronze sculptures there. The film is an elegy to the five birds and a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the artist and his mission. The Lost Bird Project is a film about public art, extinction and memory.
Once, flocks of over 1 billion passenger pigeons darkened the skies for days. By 1900, a 14-year-old boy shot the last one. How did this happen?
Screening times for the documentary at the festival will be posted along with news about other special events that are being coordinated around this film later in February.