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The Messenger


Sunday, October 18, 2015
6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Presented with the 8th Imagine Science Film Festival

Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary The Messenger explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.

Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, The Messenger brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, and many other flying music makers.

In the words of Boreal biologist Erin Bayne, “Could we live without birds? We don’t really know for sure”¦That’s one of the fundamental concerns when you play with nature, pull one piece out, and maybe that’s a pivotal piece, we just don’t know.”

Also presented in association with New York City Audubon, whose Director of Conservation and Science Susan Elbin, will be in conversation with the filmmaker Su Rynard after the screening.

They will be joined by Andrew Farnsworth, a Research Associate with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who is also featured in the film.

Tickets: $18

Members Price: $16.20