or


[07/03/12 - 10:17 AM]
"Birders: The Central Park Effect," Revealing the Hidden World of Urban Birdwatching, Debuts July 16, Exclusively on HBO
The debut of the Oscar-nominated documentary short "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" follows that same night at 10:00/9:00c.

[via press release from HBO]

"BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT," REVEALING THE HIDDEN WORLD OF URBAN BIRDWATCHING, DEBUTS JULY 16, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

Each year, more than a million birds make a migratory pit stop in New York City's Central Park - and they don't go unnoticed. The revealing documentary BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT chronicles one year in the life of the extraordinary array of wild birds that grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration, when it debuts MONDAY, JULY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The debut of the Oscar(R)-nominated documentary short "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," which shows how nature can be a rejuvenating as well as destructive force, follows at 10:00 p.m.

Other HBO playdates: July 19 (5:00 p.m.), 21 (10:00 a.m., 5:20 a.m.), 24 (11:30 a.m., midnight) and 29 (2:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 18 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (5:25 a.m.) and 26 (8:00 a.m.)

HBO Documentary Films presents another weekly series this summer, debuting provocative new specials every Monday through July 30. Other July films include: "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" (July 9); "The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" (July 16); "Vito" (July 23); and "About Face: Supermodels Then and Now" (July 30).

Devoting equal time and affection to birds and birders, first-time filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball explores a distinctly New York phenomenon, telling a story of humanity, nature and the precarious balance between the two. BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT captures an astonishing number of species - from hummingbirds and herons to owls and hawks - with stunning HD photography that does justice to the birds' amazingly diverse patterns, hues and personalities. The film also celebrates devoted NYC birders who find a paradise within the urban chaos, among them author Jonathan Franzen and Starr Saphir, the "matriarch" of Central Park birdwatching.

It's springtime in New York City, and the city's biggest park is hosting a community of several hundred birders. As veteran birder Lloyd Spitalnik notes, "If you get tired of looking at the common birds, you might as well just pack it in." Chris Cooper says his friends don't see him from April 15 through Memorial Day; if they question his annual obsession, he counters by rattling off his "seven pleasures of birding." Anya, a 15-year-old birder, wants to protect birds because they are "so alive, active, varied and beautiful."

As the birders describe their passion, the pleasure they derive from the birds is both contagious and poignant. To a birder, finding a feathered friend is like a celebrity sighting. Scientists call the concentration of birds funneling into this oasis of nature amid a sea of steel and cement the Central Park Effect.

Septuagenarian Starr Saphir, who has been giving bird tours almost daily for 20 years, wasdiagnosed with terminal breast cancer a few years ago. She talks about her heightened joy in birding, which eases her pain, and shares lists of birds she's seen, which she has kept in journals every day since she was a child, looking at them fondly like a photo album or scrapbook. Jonathan Franzen says that when he began birding, it was like an addiction; a morning without birding gave him a sense of unease that could only be fixed by the first spotting of the day, like a smoker craving a cigarette.

Central Park is a magnet for millions of birds who need a rest stop as they migrate along the Eastern Seaboard twice a year, in spring and fall. While this migration is a dangerous process, during which millions of birds die each year, many survivors remember stopovers in the fall and return to the Park, where devoted birders await them.

By early June, all the migrants have passed through New York City, but a couple of dozen species linger. Birds have adapted to human urbanization, and though Central Park is entirely man-made, it appears no different to birds than most natural parks in the country, which are also managed landscapes. Unfortunately, notes birder Jonathan Rosen, the Effect can lead some to believe that the world and the environment is doing just fine.

In winter, species that tend to migrate north in warmer months often fly south to Central Park. At the annual Christmas bird count, citizen scientists help produce the official "Birds in Decline Report" by going out in teams and counting every bird in the Park. Though a seemingly impossible task, patterns can be found in the results. One depressing statistic for bird lovers is that nearly a quarter of all species have had a 50% decline.

Sitting on a park bench the next spring, Jonathan Rosen says he doesn't think of his birding as a hobby "any more than raising my children would be considered a hobby." Perhaps, he concludes, as all sorts of animal populations slowly diminish, people are hungry to touch something that may be slipping away.

A 2012 SXSW selection in Documentary Feature Competition, BIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT is directed and produced by Jeffrey Kimball; executive produced by Pamela Hogan and Tom Casciato; edited by Daniel Baer; co-produced and co-edited by Nick August-Perna; cinematography by Tony Pagano, Nick August-Perna and Chris Dapkins; bird and nature cinematography by Jeffrey Kimball; music by Paul Damian Hogan.





  [july 2012]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[12/07/18 - 05:53 PM]
Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" to Be Released Theatrically in Over 600 Theaters Worldwide
The film will be available on the streaming service next Friday, December 14.

[12/07/18 - 05:52 PM]
Prentice Penny's "Uncorked" Adds Primetime Emmy Nominee Kelly Jenrette, Matt McGorry, Sasha Compere, Gil Ozeri and Bernard David Jones
Principal photography is currently underway in Memphis, Tennessee.

[12/07/18 - 04:01 PM]
"Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045" Is Coming to Netflix in 2020
Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama are behind the project, which was announced via social media this afternoon.

[12/07/18 - 01:42 PM]
Music Superstars Diana Ross, Kelly Clarkson, Andy Grammer, John Legend, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young Kick Off 2019 on "NBC's New Year's Eve"
Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen will host live from the heart of Times Square along with Leslie Jones.

[12/07/18 - 11:00 AM]
The Premiere of Freeform's "Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve" Is Sunday's No. 1 Cable Program
Freeform further spins the numbers for Sunday, December 2.

[12/07/18 - 09:52 AM]
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Ring in the New Year with "A Toast to 2018" on NBC, December 31
The annual special will feature interviews with Jaimie Alexander, Andrea Canning, Chris D'Elia, Dylan Dreyer, Ryan Eggold, Willie Geist, Brad Goreski, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt and more.

[12/07/18 - 09:30 AM]
"Bleed Out," A Harrowing, Personal Investigation Into the Problems Afflicting American Health Care, Debuts Dec. 17 on HBO
The documentary uses one family's story to underscore deep flaws in America's current healthcare system and highlights ways those problems could be fixed.

[12/07/18 - 09:00 AM]
HBO Films' "Icebox" Available for Free Streaming Starting This Monday, Dec. 10
The film makes its linear premiere tonight on the pay channel.

[12/07/18 - 08:30 AM]
Comedic Action-Adventure Movie "Kim Possible" Kicks Off an Action-Packed Night of Premieres on Friday, Feb. 15
Immediately following "Kim Possible," Disney Channel will present a first look at the new eight-part miniseries "Fast Layne."

[12/07/18 - 08:13 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Thursday Night Football" Hold Onto Demo Crown
The network's NFL coverage continues its adults 18-49 reign.

[12/07/18 - 07:44 AM]
Viceland Partners with Cadillac on New Series "Hustle" from Wax World Media and Executive Producers Alicia Keys & Marcus Samuelsson
The eight-episode series is set to premiere February 10 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/07/18 - 07:02 AM]
Video: "The American Meme" - Official Trailer - Netflix
The film explores the journeys of four distinct social media disruptors, Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky, Brittany Furlan and Kirill Bichutsky, as they hustle to build empires out of their online footprints, redefining the paradigm for the American Dream.

[12/07/18 - 05:30 AM]
Music Superstar Post Malone to Perform from His Current Tour on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019"
It will also mark Malone's first time performing on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."

[12/06/18 - 01:08 PM]
Oxygen Media Presents "Dannemora Prison Break" Premiering Saturday, December 15 at 7PM ET/PT
Hosted by Troy Roberts, the riveting two-hour special delves into the shocking story of an audacious mind-game that empowered two homicidal prisoners enough to charm their way out of a maximum-security facility in the sleepy prison town of Dannemora, New York.

[12/06/18 - 12:13 PM]
Comedy Series "Crashing," Created by and Starring Pete Holmes, Returns for Third Season Jan. 20 on HBO
Returning guest comics Dave Attell, Artie Lange and John Mulaney appear as versions of themselves.