Archive for the ‘The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill’ Category

April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014
draft movie poster by Zina Deretsky

draft movie poster by Zina Deretsky

flier by Zina Deretsky

flier by Zina Deretsky

Thanks to the graphic talents of fellow Southender Zina Deretsky, we have a movie poster taking shape and a lovely flier publicizing the May 9th preview screening of “Pelican Dreams” (see both, above).

Our Kickstarter campaign launches May 1st, runs for the month of May, and will hopefully result in $50,000 finishing funds. Shadow Distribution, the same company that distributed “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill,” will do the same for “Pelicans,” but we have to finish it first, and you can help. There will be 8 Kickstarter perk levels, ranging from $10 to $10,000, so there’s surely a level that can work for you.

We previewed our new 3-minute Kickstarter trailer last night at the Aquarium’s Pier 39 theater, and it looked great (I can say that because I didn’t edit it; Andrew Harmon, who has a gift for the short form, did a wonderful job with the edit, and Bruce Kaphan, our esteemed composer, provided a custom score.) The trailer will go live on May 1st and we’ll link to it from here. Stay tuned and please help us with this last push! All donations are tax-deductible.


February 17, 2013

February 17, 2013


Sadly for Morro, Oceano’s elbow injury had progressed too far, and he (Oceano) had to be euthanized. Morro awaits another companion…and I await the chance to film the resolution to his story.

Meanwhile I’ve been editing the rough cut, soliciting critique, and revising still more. I screened the first half-hour of these revisions at the Hillside Club in Berkeley on February 4th, and got very good feedback, so I think that section is working. Now I’m editing the last hour, prepping for a screening of the full rough cut at Haverford College on March 20th, where I’ll be doing a weeklong Artist’s Residency. After that will come the SF rough-edit screening.

Thanks to Tom and Kristi Cohen, Lorraine Grassano, and Judy Schultz for recent substantial individual donations to “Pelican Dreams,” and to Christine Joly for supporting our initial efforts in a big way.

My two previous feature documentaries will have screenings soon:


Diablo Canyon

anti-nuclear activists look at Diablo Canyon, then under construction

Dark Circle at NYC MoMA

1982. USA. Directed by Judy Irving, Chris Beaver, and Ruth Landy. This chilling, but ultimately hopeful, film explores how all of us have been affected by the nuclear age. Denounced by officials and shunned by broadcasters when it was first released, many of the issues it raises have become today’s front-page headlines. Print courtesy of Oakland Museum of California. (POV) 82 min.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1

NYC MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

Wild Parrots Movie Poster

Wild Parrots Movie Poster

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill at the Cosmic Cine Film Festival in Switzerland and Germany


Zurich Switzerland: Friday April 12th at 4pm in Arena Cinemas Zurich.
Munich, Karlsruhe, Darmstadt and Bonn, Germany (four simultaneous screenings) Friday April 19th at 4pm in the following cinemas:
• Cinema: Mathäser Filmpalast / City: Munich
• Cinema: Kinopolis / City: Bonn Bad Godesberg
• Cinema: Citydome / City: Darmstadt
• Cinema: Universum City Kinos / City: Karlsruhe

A link to a overview of all five locations:

On April 26th at 8:13 pm there will be an Awards Gala in Mathäser Filmpalast in Munich.

December 2, 2010

June 22, 2012

Film critic Michael Fox recently posted an interview on the San Francisco Film Society’s web site entitled “Irving Glides from Parrots to Pelicans.”

And speaking of parrots, “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” will be broadcast again on national public television: return engagement! The national airdate is Tuesday, December 28th. Check local listings; most stations will air it at 9:30 or 10 PM. For San Francisco Bay Area viewers, KQED scheduled the film on January 5th at 9:30 PM and KQED LIFE will show it on January 6th at 8:30 PM.

We’re pleased that the national PBS series, Independent Lens, extended its contract, so the film will be broadcast several more times over the next two years in addition to the Christmas week broadcasts. A short parrots-and-people update can be found here.

Upside Down Parrot