THE MESSENGER opened in theaters December 4th that reveals the demise of the world’s songbird population and leaves audiences with a profound appreciation for the billions of birds with whom we share our communities and planet.
THE MESSENGER, from award-winning director Su Rynard (Dream Machine, Kardia), chronicles the struggle of songbirds worldwide to survive in turbulent environmental conditions brought about by humans and argues that their demise will signify the crash of the global ecosystem, akin to the disappearance of honey bees and the melting of the glaciers. Beautiful slow motion photography illustrates the power and beauty of these delicate winged creatures that have been praised and eulogized across cultures and throughout time.
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures – woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment – are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary. Find out what’s killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans – one that we ignore at our own peril.
• WINNER – Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
• WINNER – Audience Favorite at Hot Docs
Opening on Friday, December 4
New York @ Cinema Village
Columbus, OH @ Gateway Film Center
Grand Rapids, MI @ Celebration – Woodland 14
Plus Opening December 11 in Los Angeles @ Laemmle Monicas
Plus Opening Jan 1 in Hartford @ Real Art Ways
Plus additional theaters nationwide!
Directed by Su Rynard
Distributor: Kino Lorber