Arc of Flight: Judy Irving on PELICAN DREAMS

by Ned Viall and Eat Drink Films

Cinematically speaking, the words birds  and Bay Area  once automatically conjured Hitchcock images of Tippi Hedren fighting off a flurry of claws and beaks. But in recent years, documentary filmmaker Judy Irving’s personal, journalistically persistent films have flipped the script of Hitch’s dystopian vision of people besieged by birds, presenting strikingly real (as opposed to surreal) images in the process of telling true stories abut the struggles and resilience of birds in the modern world—more specifically, San Francisco and its surrounding environment.
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