Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill-Collectors Edition

Directed By: Judy Irving

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Studio New Video Group
SKU 208792420
UPC 767685139820
UPC 14 00767685139820
Format DVD
Release Date 10/28/2008
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Editors Note
Note An uncommon bond between man and nature is the focus of Judy Irving's wonderful and informative documentary, THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL. The film follows Mark Bittner, an unemployed aging hippie, who lives off the kindness of strangers in the titular San Francisco neighborhood. His life takes on new meaning when he starts feeding a flock of wild Conures, a breed of parrot noted for its green body and cherry-red head. Native to Argentina, the birds soon feel comfortable enough to feed while perched all over Mr. Bittner. Being outcasts who yearn to remain free, a mutual respect is born between them. Daily routine soon leads to growing crowds of curious passersby, as Bittner becomes something of a local celebrity. Based on his up-close observations, Bittner gains some keen insight into the behavior of individual birds, giving them names. The resulting portraits of Connor, Mingus, Olive, Pushkin, Picasso, Sophie, and Tupelo prove that these amazing creatures deserve star credit in their own right. WILD PARROTS features some incredible close-ups, rare in-depth glimpses into the unique and often amusing habits and activities of one flock of parrots, and a surprise ending.
New York Times "[An] affectionate film....By the end of the movie, you might even begin reconsidering your relationship with the animal kingdom and questioning the distance you put between yourself and nonhuman species." 02/11/2005 p.E13
Entertainment Weekly "[I]n watching the birds and man with an affectionate, curious eye, the filmmaker builds a story of surprising emotional resonance." 03/29/2005 p.80
Chicago Sun-Times "Mark Bittner is calm, intelligent, confiding, wise and well-spoken. You would be happy to count him as your friend." 04/01/2005 p.31
Sight and Sound "A nature film-maker by trade, Irving films the birds at close quarters, and these vivid, characterful close-ups act like illustrations to the intimate backstory that Bittner assigns each parrot." 01/01/2006 p.83
Judy Irving
Name Irving,Judy
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Cast & Crew
Mark Bittner - Featured
Judy Irving - Producer
Chris Michie - Composer
James Attwood - Director of Photography
Judy Irving - Director of Photography
Judy Irving - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 139821
UPC 00767685139820
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 83 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Product Attributes
Actor Irving,Judy
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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