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The Magic Lantern Film Society and The Magic Theatre celebrate Earth Day with the critically acclaimed documentary “Ghost Bird” about an extinct giant woodpecker, a small town In Arkansas hoping to reverse it misfortunes, and the tireless odyssey of the bird-watchers and scientists searching for the Holy Grail of birds, the elusive Ivory-billed woodpecker.
Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, “Ghost Bird” is an eco-noir exploring the limits of certainty, the seductive power of hope, and how one phantom woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever.
The New York Times calls “Ghost Bird” “a witty, wistful documentary (that turns) a bird-watching tale into a multi-layered story that will fascinate practically everybody.” NPR says, “Beautifully
crafted…heartbreaking, ironic and infuriating. It’s a stunner.” And The Wall Street Journal raved, “By turns witty and metaphysical, Ghost Bird evokes the offbeat Americana of Errol Morris’s “Vernon, Florida,” while examining the nature of belief and the blurry margins of fact.”
In 2005 scientists announced that the Ivory-billed woodpecker, thought to be extinct for 60 years, was spotted in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas. Suddenly the swamps were flooded with ornithologists, birders and millions of government dollars, and the struggling nearby town of Brinkley discovered a promotional edge.
However, credible evidence of the woodpecker’s actual existence has been elusive, and the film balances the testimony (pro and con) of prominent scientists and bird experts with an examination of the seductive power of hope and investigation into the politics of our uneasy relationship with nature.
Soundtrack from Grammy award-winning blues-rock band, The Black Keys.
KNOW & GO
What: Ghost Bird
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, Doors 12:30, Film 1pm
Where: The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Tickets: $5/door, All-Ages
Info: www.themagictheatre.com or www.magiclanternfilmsociety.