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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill [Mar. 6th, 2005|08:34 pm]
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I'm a native northern Californian, and the city I call home is San Francisco. So it was with great delight that I saw a trailer for The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a documentary about one of two flocks of escaped wild parrots in the City and County of San Francisco and the man, Mark Bittner, who befriended them.

The flock, numbering about 45, has its home base around the Filbert Steps near Coit Tower. I've actually seen them, flying around; there is no mistaking the sound of a flock of parrots in flight because it doesn't sound at all like anything that occurs here naturally. It's an amazing feeling to see a film about something you've seen in real life; it's like being in on an in joke.

This is an interesting study of not just the parrots, but of a man who really had not a lot in his life before the birds, the politically hot topic of introduced species becoming established in California, and an exposé on yet another quirky feature of a city known for adopting eccentrics. It's charming, fascinating, a little sad, and romantic. If you get a chance to see this little film in your area, take it. It's worth it.
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[User Picture]From: ruthling
2005-03-07 02:11 am (UTC)
I am so going to see this movie!
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 02:22 am (UTC)
Hurry...I think it's only at Kendall for a week, which means through Thursday.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 02:15 am (UTC)
I've not heard of these before. Interesting.

Its the sort of thing my folks would like. I wonder if it will ever see a release on DVD?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 02:22 am (UTC)
It might. I'd check back at (or even email) the Pelican Media site. I was thinking it was the sort of thing people would be more likely to rent.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 02:24 am (UTC)
Thanx for the link. I'll do that in the morning and see what they can tell me. :)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 02:27 am (UTC)
Not sure if they'll be region-free, but there's way to get around that.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 02:30 am (UTC)
I've just dropped them a mail now (no time like the present, even when it its half two in the morning. heh), and we'll see what they say.

The Region issue is a problem. My parents and I have multi-region DVD players that can handle even the disks that are region protected.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 02:54 am (UTC)
Cool! I'd be interested in what they have to say.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 02:56 am (UTC)
The Region issue is a problem. The Region issue is a problem. The Region issue is a problem. The Region issue is a problem.

That should be "isn't a problem."

I'll let you know what they say if I get a reply.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 02:57 am (UTC)
Oops. Not sure what happened there.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 02:59 am (UTC)
I think I do...it's nearly 3am your time! Get some sleep, silly person.
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[User Picture]From: eryx_uk
2005-03-07 09:48 pm (UTC)
I just got a reply back from the film makers:

Hi Colin,
Thanks for your kind words about the film; the DVD will be available after
theatrical distribution is over (early 2006), and we'll put you on a list
and be back in touch to let you know how to get it. Meanwhile, please tell
all your friends about the film! Word-of-mouth is what we're relying on,
since we don't have a big ad budget. There is lots of info, including
up-to-date theatrical bookings, on www.wildparrotsfilm.com. The film is
currently booked in about 65 cities.
Thanks again,
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Brilliant! Thanks for that...I'll keep an eye out for it myself; my dad would like it.
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[User Picture]From: cahwyguy
2005-03-07 02:28 am (UTC)
Ah, wild parrots. We have a flock near our house.

You see, many years ago, at the Anheuser-Busch plant in Van Nuys, there was a Busch Gardens. You say there was one in Florida, right? Well, that's just a piker. The original was in Pasadena, California. Later, a Busch Gardens attraction was built at the brewery in Van Nuys, California, near Roscoe and I-405. You can find information and a map here.

Quoting from a site on the San Fernando Valley:
The beer garden with boat rides and exotic bird shows opened in 1966 at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys. Adults were offered free beer and visitors of all ages could tour the brewery by aerial gondola. In 1976 the name changed to the Busch Bird Sanctuary and in 1986 the park closed for good. Parrots and parakeets traced to the park's flocks still roam the Valley's skies.


So, tying it to this post: We see the parrots around our house on a regular basis. Noisy little birds.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-03-07 03:00 am (UTC)
I am curious about the flocks in NYC and Chicago...
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[User Picture]From: ruthling
2005-03-07 03:02 am (UTC)
there are monk parakeet colonies in CT, too.
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[User Picture]From: cahwyguy
2005-03-07 03:04 am (UTC)
NYC and Chicago? I don't know, but I've heard those cities are for the birds. Lots of empty nesters there, and quite a few cute chicks. I'd try to say more, but I think I've got egg on my face.
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[User Picture]From: zarchasmpgmr
2005-03-07 04:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, you missed the ones en Bruxelles!!

In Parc du Cinquantenaire, there are flocks left over from the exhibition. We've got photos.

(I was trying to find an Internet reference, but Google let me down. Although I found an almost Googlewhack - but it had 3 keywords.)
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[User Picture]From: cthulhia
2005-03-07 04:25 pm (UTC)

the chicago flock

was the first I knew about.

twoeleven used to describe shivering over his coffee at the bus stop, and looking up to see wild parakeets perched nearby.
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[User Picture]From: time_girl
2005-03-07 04:36 am (UTC)
Ooooooh, it sounds fascinating!
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