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Ghost Bird (2009)

 -  Documentary  -  6 May 2009 (USA)
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Ghost Bird is a non-fiction feature about a small town in Arkansas, an extinct giant woodpecker and everybody looking for the Holy Grail of birding - the Ivory-billed woodpecker. Following ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Jacques ...
Herself - General Manager, The Brinkley Argus
Sandra Kemmer ...
Herself - Executive Director, Brinkley Chamber of Commerce
Billy Clay ...
Himself - Mayor of Brinkley
Ronnie Steinbeck ...
Himself - Hunting & Birding Guide
Paul Swenby ...
Himself - Colorado Birders
Rose Swenby ...
Herself - Colorado Birders
Gene DePriest ...
Himself - Gene's Bar-B-Que
Penny Childs ...
Herself - Penny's Family Hair Care
Eugene Dover ...
Himself - Rice Farmer
David Luneau ...
Himself - Associate Professor, University of Arkansas Little Rock
John Fitzpatrick ...
Himself - Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology (archive footage) (as Dr. John Fitzpatrick)
Mike Mills ...
Himself - Arkansas River Guide
Nancy Tanner ...
Herself - Wife of Ornithologist Jim Tanner
David Allen Sibley ...
Himself - Bird Guide Author & Illustrator (as David Sibley)
Jerome Jackson ...
Himself - World's Foremost Ivory-Bill Biologist (as Dr. Jerome Jackson)


Ghost Bird is a non-fiction feature about a small town in Arkansas, an extinct giant woodpecker and everybody looking for the Holy Grail of birding - the Ivory-billed woodpecker. Following numerous sightings and its widely announced rediscovery in 2005, the world's best birders have been unable to locate even one "Lord God Bird" after over three years of intensive searching. Ghost Bird examines the meaning of hope, faith and the limits of certainty in the quest to resurrect this lost species...unless, like the Holy Grail itself, the Ivory-bill remains forever out of reach. Written by 2007©small change productions

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Thomas Jacques: There was a small garment factory here until just about a year ago. They made shirts for Wal-Mart. I can't exactly trace where those particular jobs went to, but you, I think you can assume they went to a place where they could be made even more cheaply than they could in the American South.
Thomas Jacques: That's what our draw has been, you know - leave the North and come to us. We'll work for dirt. And we've found out people in other places will work for much less dirt.
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Humans unbounded (exponential) proliferation causes nature and animals to disappear exponentially (into extinction)
16 March 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The Vanishing World. We depend on nature and animals to survive. Pollution, eating species into extinction and massacre of environment happens on global scale: sacred and very needed by life on Earth trees are being massacred by human predator. Gold mining, illegal tree cutting, illegal ranching in Amazon already destroyed a lot of sacred trees. Animals' habitat is disappearing with exponential (unbounded) rate. Films: "AMAZON with Bruce Perry", "The End of the Line (2009)". Most vicious predator (human) must learn to stop destroying its own environment. (Aside: the human is most vicious predator because it kills for sports.) While most vicious predator propagates with exponential (unbounded) rate, the nature and animals disappear with exponential rate at the hand of most vicious predator. Most vicious predator must stop unbounded (exponential) reproduction: it leaves no space for healthy environment for most vicious predator and leaves no space for animals. CONSUMPTION is not "cool" anymore. Echo-systems sustain the economies. Economies do not sustain the echo-systems. Bottom-lines and corporations only destroy the nature, environment and animals. In the past, we hoped that our technology would help us to live better lives, but as of today, our technology (better traps, binoculars, nets, better sonars to track our prey, better guns, etc) only leads us to the SIXTH EXTINCTION of all life on the planet, at the hand of the human. If you cannot farm it - do not kill it. If you are religious: "go forth (be fruitful) and multiply" was repealed by Jesus in the new testament just like many such Old Testament "orders/commandments" were repealed by him in new testament (eye for an eye, etc). Even Jesus showed to you that the truths (commandments) must be changed with changing times.

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