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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 ... Herself
Anya Auerbach Anya Auerbach ... Herself
Mike Bryant Mike Bryant ... Himself
David Burg David Burg ... Himself
Irving Cantor Irving Cantor ... Himself
Chris Cooper Chris Cooper ... Himself
Joe DiCostanzo Joe DiCostanzo ... Himself
John Fitzpatrick John Fitzpatrick ... Himself
John Flicker John Flicker ... Himself
Jonathan Franzen ... Himself
Dick Gershon Dick Gershon ... Himself
Catherine Hamilton Catherine Hamilton ... Herself
Jeffrey Kimball Jeffrey Kimball ... Narrator
Harry Maas Harry Maas ... Himself
Chuck McAlexander Chuck McAlexander ... Himself


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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Terrible and Cringeworthy
6 October 2018 | by invisibleunicornninjaSee all my reviews

This is a pretty bad documentary. The highlight is when one of the birdwatchers admits how stupid it is.

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