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Birders: The Central Park Effect -- This charming, lyrical documentary reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's famous patch of green and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.
Birders: The Central Park Effect -- Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.


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A film about birds and people.
A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A fascinating and beautiful film - even if you've not a "birder" See more (3 total) »


Regina Alvarez ... Herself
Anya Auerbach ... Herself
Mike Bryant ... Himself
David Burg ... Himself
Irving Cantor ... Himself
Chris Cooper ... Himself
Joe DiCostanzo ... Himself
John Fitzpatrick ... Himself
John Flicker ... Himself

Jonathan Franzen ... Himself
Dick Gershon ... Himself
Catherine Hamilton ... Herself

Jeffrey Kimball ... Narrator
Harry Maas ... Himself
Chuck McAlexander ... Himself
Glenn Phillips ... Himself
Jonathan Rosen ... Himself
Starr Saphir ... Herself
David Speiser ... Himself
Lloyd Spitalnik ... Himself
Marie Winn ... Herself

Directed by
Jeffrey Kimball 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeffrey Kimball  writer

Produced by
Nick August-Perna .... co-producer
Jessie Beauchaine .... associate producer
Tom Casciato .... executive producer
Pamela Hogan .... executive producer
Jed Kim .... associate producer
Jeffrey Kimball .... producer
Tamara Rosenberg .... segment producer
Original Music by
Paul Damian Hogan 
Cinematography by
Nick August-Perna 
Chris Dapkins 
Tony Pagano 
Film Editing by
Daniel Baer 
Sound Department
Andrea Bella .... sound effects editor
Lang Elliott .... bird sound recordings
Michael Feuser .... dialogue editor
Rick Juliano .... production sound
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Rich Tropiano .... production sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey Kimball .... cinematographer: bird and nature
Editorial Department
Nick August-Perna .... co-editor
Melissa Berube .... assistant editor
Will Cox .... digital colorist
Felice Firestone .... post-production consultant
Sam Jinishian .... post-production assistant
Joanna Jurewicz .... assistant editor
Sara Rossein .... assistant editor
Music Department
Daniel Baer .... musician
Isaiah Gage .... musician
Gillian Gallagher .... musician
Paul Damian Hogan .... music producer
Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi .... Central Park saxophonist
Julia Tepper .... musician
Other crew
David Aisenstat .... production assistant (as Dave Aisenstat)
Sarah Brafman .... production assistant
Alton Christensen .... title designer
Danielle Chu .... production assistant
Keith Hopkins .... production assistant
Igala Joseph .... production assistant
Ryder Kimball .... production assistant
Evan Krasner .... production assistant
Aubrey Lethbridge .... production assistant
Mike Mapes .... production assistant
Ian McGrew .... production assistant
Nick Righi .... production assistant (as Nicholas Righi)
Dale Robbins .... title designer
Shane Hogan .... special thanks
Wendy Lidell .... special thanks
Irene Payne .... special thanks
Steve Quinn .... special thanks
David Slavin .... special thanks
Cal Vornberger .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"The Central Park Effect" - USA (alternative title)
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61 min

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Jonathan Franzen:It's the writer's life, really. It's, it's, umm... any artists' life is... failing, failing, failing, waiting around, nothing will ever work again. All the interesting birds are gone. Nature's falling apart. And then, suddenly you're seeing a Prothonotary Warbler. And all of that is forgotten, and there's this-this moment when the world's okay.See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating and beautiful film - even if you've not a "birder", 19 June 2012
Author: IMDbRich from Seattle

I saw this film at SXSW on a lark and highly recommend catching it on the big screen if at all possible. A film about birds in Central Park, and the people who watch them. It's transfixing in a deeply peaceful way. Standing out both for the incredible video footage of what must have been 100+ species of birds and the set of human stories/testimonials that accompany it. Especially those from a set of old school New Yorkers, who just happen to be birders. The film's title refers to the incredible concentration of migratory birds that stop off in Central Park. A distinctive path of green welcoming to birds as the move along the east coast from north to south. Even though the park itself is not truly natural (being an engineered creation) it makes for a fine habitat that these birds remember to return to each year. There's really not that much more to say other than to urge folks to look for it when it hits HBO in the future. Their documentary arm wisely snapped this guy up

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