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A Birder's Guide to Everything -- David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, makes an unbelievable discovery: he might have taken a photo of a supposedly extinct duck that hasn’t been seen in North America since 1878.  Upon the counsel of the Young Birders Society, David's high school birding club, he takes his finding to a legendary ornithologist, Dr. Konrad (Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley) to solidify the claim.  With his original photo too blurry to confirm bird's identity, Konrad recommends they find the duck again before it migrates in order to get a better account of this lazarus species, but this time using a quality camera.

David and his ragtag birding crew (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen) embark on an epic road trip to solidify their place in birding history - and with girls.  Enter Ellen (Katie Chang), who is in possession of the quality camera they seek and tags along under one stipulation: she takes the first photo of the rare duck.  As they encounter other birders and a certain doctor who just might want to steal their claim, what initially seemed like fun exercise in birding could turn into a journey of discovery in more ways than they all hoped.
A Birder's Guide to Everything -- Clip: I Don't Really Have A Boyfriend
A Birder's Guide to Everything -- David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, makes an unbelievable discovery: he might have taken a photo of a supposedly extinct duck that hasn’t been seen in North America since 1878.  Upon the counsel of the Young Birders Society, David's high school birding club, he takes his finding to a legendary ornithologist, Dr. Konrad (Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley) to solidify the claim.  With his original photo too blurry to confirm bird's identity, Konrad recommends they find the duck again before it migrates in order to get a better account of this lazarus species, but this time using a quality camera.

David and his ragtag birding crew (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen) embark on an epic road trip to solidify their place in birding history - and with girls.  Enter Ellen (Katie Chang), who is in possession of the quality camera they seek and tags along under one stipulation: she takes the first photo of the rare duck.  As they encounter other birders and a certain doctor who just might want to steal their claim, what initially seemed like fun exercise in birding could turn into a journey of discovery in more ways than they all hoped.

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING marks the feature directorial debut of Rob Meyer, who wrote the film with Academy Award-winner Luke Matheny.
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Writers:
Rob Meyer (written by) &
Luke Matheny (written by)
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Find your reason to fly.
Plot:
David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So... See more » | Add synopsis »
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An enjoyable, thoughtful film See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kodi Smit-McPhee ... David Portnoy

James Le Gros ... Donald Portnoy (as James LeGros)

Daniela Lavender ... Juliana Santos

Katie Chang ... Ellen Reeves

Alex Wolff ... Timmy Barsky

Zandi Holup ... Evelyn Reed

Michael Chen ... Peter Nessbaum

Tobias Campbell ... Rob Lindau

Joel Van Liew ... Mr. Edbrook
Daniel Berger ... Scarsdale High School Capt (as Daniel G.S. Berger)

Ben Kingsley ... Lawrence Konrad

Adam Barrie ... Eric
Jessica Perez ... Trish

Ethan Cohn ... Jeff

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe ... Trent

Stephen Kunken ... Ted

Briana Marin ... Mara

Andy Prosky ... Carl Sr,

Ira Hawkins ... Judge
Sam Kiernan ... Miguel
Samara Amat ... Cute Teen Girl
Leslie Korein ... Paula
Tracy Bundy ... Dorothy Portnoy
Will Laguzza ... Young David
Brianna Reid ... Bra Girl
Ameer Youssef ... Cashier
John Meyer ... Man Eating Birdseed
Simon O'Keefe ... Carl Jr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jett Jenkins ... Extra

Directed by
Rob Meyer 
 
Writing credits
Rob Meyer (written by) &
Luke Matheny (written by)

Produced by
Paula M. Bass .... line producer (as Paula Hammerel Bass)
Sammy Chadwick .... co-executive producer
Kirsten Duncan Fuller .... producer
Michael W. Gray .... executive producer
Goetz Grossmann .... executive producer
Lisa K. Jenkins .... producer
James Korein .... executive producer
Dan Lindau .... producer
R. Paul Miller .... producer
Linda Moran .... co-producer
Claire Pacacha .... associate producer
Krista Parris .... co-executive producer
Robert Profusek .... executive producer
Ryan Silbert .... executive producer
Jeff Wolk .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jeremy Turner 
 
Cinematography by
Tom Richmond 
 
Film Editing by
Vito DeSario 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Elizabeth J. Jones  (as Elizabeth Jones)
 
Art Direction by
Brian Goodwin 
 
Set Decoration by
Armann Ortega 
 
Costume Design by
Anney Perrine 
 
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... makeup department head
Jessica Toth .... key makeup artist
Cynthia Vanis .... hair department head
Jackie Zbuska .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lior Vardi .... unit production manager
Dean Winkler .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ryan Hamelin .... first assistant director: second unit
Thomas Kazanski .... first assistant director
Karla Strum .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Yuvi Bronzgold .... carpenter
Buddy Ray Conner .... carpenter
Jackie Goncalves .... additional props
E. David Jones .... carpenter
Kelly Kuykendall .... assistant property master
Cassia Maher .... on-set dresser
James Morse .... carpenter
Martin Murray Jr. .... property master (as Joe Murray)
Cat Navarro .... art department coordinator
Steven Jos Phan .... leadman (as Steven Phan)
Kelly Reckert .... art department assistant
Emma Stensaas .... graphic designer
Deno Williams .... carpenter (as Deno L. Williams)
 
Sound Department
James B. Appleton .... boom operator (as James Appleton)
Rob Embrey .... adr facility supervisor
Jose C. Gorritti .... boom operator (as Jose Gorritti)
Carlos 'Storm' Martinez .... sound designer (as Storm Martinez)
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Kevin Wilson .... re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Lee Mylks .... cgi artist
Josh Scaglione .... mocap operator
Ralph Scaglione .... flame artist
Ralph Scaglione .... visual effects supervisor
Dean Winkler .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jared Burke .... stunts
Mike Pytlar .... stunt double: Peter
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator (as Tony Vincent)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Paul Alvarado .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Campbell .... best boy electric (as John D. Campbell)
Noah Chamis .... gaffer
Tyler Chong .... additional grip
Blaine Chou .... swing
Carlos Cordero .... camera intern
Paul Dadowski .... electrician
Michael Fuchs .... additional steadicam operator
Chris Heinrich .... camera operator
Edward Herrera .... swing
Stephen Kartt .... swing (as Steve Kartt)
Robert Ko .... first assistant camera: b camera
Chris Limniatis .... camera intern
Steven McLaurin .... d.i.t. tech (as Steve McLaurin)
Steven McLaurin .... media manager
Chris Mosson .... first assistant camera
Hernan Otaño .... helicopter camera operator
Gregory Pace .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Dave Palestine .... key grip
William Richards .... helicopter pilot: aerial photography
Jordyn Ruth .... second assistant camera
Samuel R. Syrop .... camera intern (as Samuel Ross Syrop)
Yousheng Tang .... steadicam operator
Jim Tripp .... best boy grip
Daniel Vecchione .... "a" camera operator
Lyle Vincent .... b camera operator
Lyle Vincent .... second unit director of photography
Julian Wellbery .... additional electrician
 
Casting Department
Jon Goracy .... casting assistant
Zachary Luke Kislevitz .... casting intern
Harrison Nesbit .... casting assistant
Ameer Youssef .... extras casting
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Closs .... costume assistant
Samantha Colon .... costume intern (as Sammy Colon)
Beth DuBon .... additional set costumer
Caralyn Gorel .... costume intern
Kristen Koenig .... set costumer (as Kristen Konzet)
Melanie Randolph .... wardrobe supervisor (as Melanie A. Randolph)
Jennifer Stimple Kamei .... additional set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... colorist
Eric Alvarado .... digital intermediate colorist
Ben Baker .... dailies supervisor
Pete Conlin .... post production
Charina Espino .... digital intermediate producer
Olivier Girard .... dailies operator
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Joshua Hume .... assistant editor
Kristyn Hume .... opening title design
Eugene Lehnert .... digital intermediate editor
 
Location Management
Jessica Bonds .... assistant locations manager
Kara Janeczko .... location manager
Tjamal Noni .... location scout
 
Music Department
John Davis .... music scoring mixer
Brigitte Green .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
John Alfonzetti .... stand-in
Annalie Aplin .... stand-in
Ainsley Bartholomew .... production accountant
Emerson Bruns .... production legal services
Roy Forberg .... runner
Andrew Greer .... additional production assistant
Ryan Hamelin .... key production assistant
Karl Hartman .... production coordinator
David Hetzron .... additional production assistant
Todd M. Hofacker .... assistant: Ben Kingsley
Kristyn Hume .... main title design
Lucas Isabella .... set production assistant
Kenn Kaufman .... ornithological consultant
Jennifer Kern .... production assistant
Brianna R. Leone .... production intern
Emily McCann Lesser .... office intern (as Emily Lesser)
Trevor Lovitz .... stand-in
Dan McCormack .... office production assistant
Charles McGarry .... legal attorney
Grace Michaud .... stand-in
Chris Mobley .... set production assistant
Nicole Morello .... stand-in
Laura Moss .... assistant to the director
Dylan O'Keefe .... stand-in
Rob Plonskier .... set production assistant
Rebecca Ray .... set production assistant intern
Laura Reeder .... assistant to the producer
Erika Sanz Corbacho .... script supervisor (as Erika Sanz)
Sebastian Savino .... set/office intern
Morgan Tingley .... ornithological consultant
Louie Tremblay .... assistant production coordinator
Kenneth Urbina .... craft service
April Woltersdorf .... stand-in
 
Thanks
Craig Kestel .... director wishes to thank
Alissa Ott .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
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86 min
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UK:12 (video) | USA:PG-13
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Trivia:
The Labrador Duck is, in fact, an extinct species.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Ben Kingsley (Konrad) mispronounces several words, including "albino" and "mallard."See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable, thoughtful film, 28 June 2013
Author: surge422 from New York City

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, shown at a benefit for The Wild Bird Fund Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in NYC. There's a lot to like--the characters are well drawn, particularly the teens who passionately embark on a quest to sight and document a supposedly extinct duck. There's lots of delightfully nerdy tomfoolery amongst them. On the serious side, this movie's also about loss of a loved one and finding your way forward from that. It's moving, while still remaining humorous and full of bird lore. Birders and non-birders alike will adore the nature photography. Ben Kingsly, as a revered bird expert, radiates his usual star quality. Don't miss it.

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