“Birds have something to tell us.”
THE MESSENGER – A film by Su Rynard
Television Premiere – documentary Channel – May 31, 2016 – 9 PM EDT
On the heels of a wildly successful North American tour, THE MESSENGER is coming to documentary Channel on May 31st 2016.
With over 100 screens and 25 cinemas in the USA and Canada respectively, THE MESSENGER is an international story with high stakes and global consequences, chronicling the struggle of songbirds as they survive the turbulent conditions brought about by humans. The award-winning film – accolades listed below – mesmerizes audiences with stunning slow-motion sequences of songbirds in night flight, providing a unique eye into the beauty of the songbirds and the messages they carry.
“The Messenger is the most scientifically sound and beautiful film about songbirds I have ever seen. Your heart will be opened to their plight, and your brain to the action you can take to help save them,” says Steven Price, President of Bird Studies Canada.
Akin to the disappearance of the honeybee or the melting of glaciers, the film argues that the global demise of songbirds signals an uncertain shift in an already fragile ecosystem. THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds, while warning that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.
“In ancient times, humans looked to the flights and songs of birds to predict the future, now the songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate, and this points to changes in our world. Now is a critical time for our climate and ecosystems.” Says Canadian director Su Rynard. “Today, once again, birds have something to tell us, and I wanted to amplify their message.”
The scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts featured in THE MESSENGER bring us face-to-face with the beauty of these airborne music-makers and with the remarkable variety of human-made perils that they face: the destruction of our forests, our lethal architecture, predatory pets, and the alarming use of pesticides. All of these are causing the disappearance of songbirds at a disquieting pace.
“The Messenger is a beautifully crafted film with an important & urgent message. We are really pleased to be the broadcast home for The Messenger; it feels right on doc channel.” Says Bruce Cowley, Creative Head, documentary Channel.
Accolades for THE MESSENGER include:
- Best Conservation Film, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2015
- Top Ten Audience Award, Hot Docs 2015
- Special Jury Award, Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival 2016
- Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente, Italy 2015
- Best Environmental Film Prize, Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville Cedex/France 2016
- Winner: Best of Fest, International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana 2016
- Winner: Best Theatrical Feature, International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana 2016
- Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2016
- Nominated for Best Editing in Feature Documentary, Canadian Cinema Editors Award 2016
The Messenger is an international treaty co-production between Canada and France, produced by SongbirdSOS Productions Inc. and Films à Cinq/ARTE.
To find out how the stunning footage of songbirds in flight was achieved, read Director Su Rynard’s blog post and view a behind-the-scenes video.
For a press kit, still photography, or to book an interview with the filmmakers or any film participants, please contact Jesse Bondar (firstname.lastname@example.org) (416) 312-0428 or Joanne Jackson (email@example.com) (416) 801-1118.
Produced with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation Film Fund, CBC, ARTE, Canal D and the participation of the Rogers Documentary Fund, Canada Media Fund, CNC, Telefilm International Co-production office, Rogers Telefund, Procirep, Angoa and the Documentary Organization of Canada. Special thanks to the Canadian Film Centre Documentary Program, NFB, David J. Woods Productions, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Sunnyside of the Doc. International Sales Agent: ZED American Distributor: Kino Lorber, Canadian Distribution: SongbirdSOS Productions Inc. Promotion and Marketing Assistance by Telefilm Canada.
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