Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Kaphan’

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.

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June 7, 2013

June 7, 2013
American white pelicans

American white pelicans at Pacheco Pond, Novato

I filmed some American white pelicans at Pacheco Pond a few weeks ago, thanks to a tip from John Christopher at DriveSavers. Their offices look out on Pacheco Pond, and they often see scenes like the one above. (DriveSavers recovered Pelican Media’s email database!)

30-million-year-old pelican beak fossil, found in France by N. Tourment and photographed by A. Louchart.

30-million-year-old pelican beak fossil, found in France by N. Tourment and photographed by A. Louchart.

Pelicans evolved 30 million years ago, on every continent except Antarctica, and most of the species are white. Whites are bigger than browns, with wingspans up to 11 feet, weighing over 30 pounds. Possibly because they’re so large, they can’t do the high dive; only brown pelicans can. Browns weigh about 8-10 pounds, with wingspans up to 7 feet. Whites prefer freshwater fish, and browns prefer salt.

Screening: Our screening of the first half hour of the rough cut went well at the May 8th Marine Mammal Center members’-only event, also attended by Michelle Bellizi of International Bird Rescue (where Gigi recuperated).

Music: We’ve been working with Bruce Kaphan, accomplished pedal steel guitar player and composer, on the music, and now have nine cues in the movie, with more to come. The pedal steel has a smooth, dreamy sound that goes well with “Pelican Dreams.”

Funding: Assuming we can raise completion funds, we applied for a CA Coastal Conservancy grant to help distribute the film, starting next spring. Meanwhile we have proposals pending at several foundations, and are on the lookout for individual “Pelican Angels” who might fly in and help out….