Ghost Bird

Friday, October 8 — 5:15pm
Saturday, October 9 — 5:00 & 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 10 — 5:00pm & 7:00pm.

Something about environmental documentaries seems to click with the Portland audience, especially in light of the success of Queen of the Sun (not Queen of the Bees, the bee movie, or simply “the show”).  Ghost Bird should have a similar reception.  Instead of the birds disappearing like the bees, do the thought-to-be extinct Ivory-Billed woodpeckers still roam (or fly, I suppose) the swamps of Arkansas?

What strikes me most about Ghost Bird is how the quest to spot it mirrors the quest to find those famous subjects of cryptozoology: Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Lochness Monster.  I was pleased to see that comparison drawn in the film.  It’s a bit more believable in this context because no one doubts that the birds existed at some point and other animals have returned from “extinction” (though, obviously they were never really extinct).

While it is the season for ghosts, there are no actual ghosts of any form, bird or man, in Ghost Bird.  However, the director, Scott Crocker, will be in attendance for both Saturday shows!  And that’s even better.  Purchase tickets here or come to the Hollywood Theatre box office.


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