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Birders: The Central Park Effect (2012)

Unrated | | Documentary | 11 March 2012 (USA)
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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.


Jeffrey Kimball


Jeffrey Kimball
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Credited cast:
Regina Alvarez Regina Alvarez ... Self
Anya Auerbach Anya Auerbach ... Self
Mike Bryant Mike Bryant ... Self
David Burg David Burg ... Self
Irving Cantor Irving Cantor ... Self
Christian Cooper Christian Cooper ... Self (as Chris Cooper)
Joe DiCostanzo Joe DiCostanzo ... Self
John Fitzpatrick John Fitzpatrick ... Self
John Flicker John Flicker ... Self
Jonathan Franzen ... Self
Dick Gershon Dick Gershon ... Self
Catherine Hamilton Catherine Hamilton ... Self
Jeffrey Kimball Jeffrey Kimball ... Narrator
Harry Maas Harry Maas ... Self
Chuck McAlexander Chuck McAlexander ... Self


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. Acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, a charming fashion-averse teenager, and a bird-tour leader who's recorded every sighting she's made since the 1940s are among the film's cast of characters. Featuring spectacular wildlife footage capturing the changing seasons, this lyrical documentary transports the viewer to a dazzling world that goes all but unnoticed by the 38 million people who visit America's most famous park each year. Written by Jeffrey Kimball, Producer/Director

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A film about birds and people.




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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.
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End credits list over 100 species of birds "starring" in the film. See more »

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Impressive for videos of a great many birds...and birders
18 July 2020 | by HedgehoginPSSee all my reviews

In light of later events, like the dog-walking woman and the Black birder on 25 May 2020, this is an important for documenting the character and intelligence of Christian Cooper, the Black birder. It's also one of the most sympathetic portrayals of the joys and value of watching birds that I have ever seen. The video recordings of individual species of birds going about their lives is very good. Photo and sound editing are top-notch. My one salient criticism of the film is that the different species should be more consistently identified. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour of pandemic isolation.

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