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USA, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Documentaries)

Director: Judy Irving

The personalities of a flock of oversized budgies and their hippy caretaker ensnare you in the irresistibly charming [The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill]. "It's also a portrait of Mark Bittner, the quasi-Saint Francis of San Francisco, who monitors, feeds, and - simply put - loves these creatures, while rigorously insisting on their essential freedom. Bittner came to the city on the Beat-hippie cusp with dreams of being a musician; he still seems to exist on air and complimentary carbohydrates." - Village Voice "It would have been easy for a filmmaker in search of novelty to treat the eccentric bird-fancying subject of Judy Irving's documentary like a sitting duck. Just aim the camera, fire and assemble the torn feathers into the portrait of a bohemian crank. But in Irving's affectionate film, Bittner is more of a sage than a deadbeat. By the end of the movie, you might even begin reconsidering your relationship with the animal kingdom." - New York Times
D/P Judy Irving WS Pelican Media TD 35mm/col/2004/83mins Judy Irving's films are [Kids by the Bay] (1999), [The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill] (MIFF 05).

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