Posts Tagged ‘Haverford College’

April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

Most brown pelican adults have flown south by now, and are breeding, laying eggs, and rearing chicks on protected islands in Baja and the Channel Islands. This breeding plumage adult was photographed by William Woodcock in the Berkeley Marina shortly before the bird probably migrated south.

adult in breeding plumage

note the lovely multi-colored pouch and blue eye

We’ve had two rough-edit screenings of the first half of “Pelican Dreams” over the past month: one at Ohlone Audubon, one at the Studio for Urban Projects — as well as a screening of the full rough cut at Haverford College in PA. Questionnaires were filled out by the large student/adult audience, and we’re now revising the edit based on that feedback.

It’s crucial to get audience responses before the film is released, so that it works for a large, general audience. Especially helpful is feedback related to areas that are confusing to first-time viewers. It’s quite easy to fix those spots. Structural issues also come up, such as how and when to include “troubles” that pelicans run into, and how to interweave scientific information with the more personal stories of individual pelicans. I love editing, so none of this is a chore; it’s a challenge, though!


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.