The Lost Bird Project | Film

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"Heartfelt. Funny. Thought provoking. Beautifully Sculpted, on many levels. Thank you."

"Amazing sculptures...wonderful documentary...highly recommended..."

"Moved to ears. This film and your art, the sculptures - have made me look at birds in a wholly new enhanced way."


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commented 2013-12-23 02:53:57 -0500
Thank you
commented 2013-04-30 17:33:53 -0400
What a beautiful film! The director and the artist take us from a simple studio with a bucket of clay, through the molding and firing processes, out into the far corners of North America, where the artist and a good friend seek the most effective and artful places to site the sculptures. Along the way we are educated and moved by stories of each bird, and the thoughtless, often casual way each one was driven into extinction. I found the stories and images of the Passenger Pigeons’ migrations particularly compelling. It’s wonderful that the artist has not only created expressive, true-to-life images of the lost birds, but also seeks to change the possible future of current endangered species, by fostering awareness of the history of our planet and its inhabitants. And this film delicately but directly brings that awareness to each viewer. This film should be required viewing for all students, and all non-students too!
commented 2013-04-24 13:11:19 -0400
I recently saw the documentary on the local PBS Station here in Central Florida. It was very riveting and poignant for me. I became interested in the plight of another local species a couple of years ago. I have always been a nature lover and was a member of a local exotic bird club when I came across a book by Mark Jerome Walters entitled “A Shadow and a Song”. It was about the struggle and extinction of a small loval bird in recent times – Florida’s Dusky Seaside Sparrow. The story became very personal to me because it virtually occurred in the area I had just moved to, Canaveral Groves and Merritt Island, Florida. This brave little bird was listed as extinct on December 12, 1990. It’s demise was a direct result of habit loss due to the Space Program and land development. This is just another example of the struggles that occur due to human greed and stupidity. So this project and film is so important to educate the future generations that their actions not only affect the wildlife and environment around them, but can also have a direct affect on their own lives.
commented 2013-04-22 15:37:54 -0400
I love that we are all reacting in the same manner. I would enjoy seeing a map and visit the sculptures and pay homage to the memory of the birds. I wonder if he will have to continue sculpting birds as they disappear? Also I am struck by this common theme of hunting, exploitation for such temporary fashions and needs. The film pulls out so many complex themes, with poetic language and images, it is a beautiful elegy in itself to what was lost and could still be lost.
commented 2013-04-22 15:36:56 -0400
It takes a certain type of soul to embrace loss so openly, to hear the haunting voices of these extinct birds and turn towards them instead of away. McGrain’s willingness to shoulder this grief, and to help us grieve, is a gift. How lucky we are that he stepped outside of his comfort zone to go through the bureaucracy and logistics of getting the statues placed! And then how much luckier are we again that he shared this journey with us so honestly. It’s an inspiration for all of us quiet, thoughtful people who think we don’t have it in us to go “out there” and let our voices be heard.

This film spoke to me in unexpected ways. It’s beautiful! It’s lyrical. It’s persistent — now, days after I watched it, I’m still thinking about its testament to the quiet power of beauty and the restorative graces of active memory. These birds are gone forever, but we can remember them. We can gather and light fireworks because they lived. We can stand next to their monuments and promise to be better. We can be gentle and strong, like they were.
commented 2013-04-21 20:27:38 -0400
Excellent film – I now have a goal of visiting each of these beautiful works. Every being should be remembered. I applaud the artist and the film makers for sharing these wonderful acts of the best of humanity. This film is a punctuation mark to a week filled with examples of the horrible and the heroic. I look forward to seeing these in person as well as to seeing more works that help us remember what we have lost. Thank you!
commented 2013-04-21 20:12:14 -0400
I thought The Lost Bird Project was poetic. The quote that stuck with me was: " Forgetting is another kind of extinction, it is an erasing that it existed." (Paraphrase) The one that especially broke my heart were the stuffed Carolina Parakeets. Those precious birds were wiped out to use as ornament. I thought the “Auk” crowd were really invested in preserving their environment. The sculptures are beautiful and elegiac. I would love to visit each sculpture and pay homage to the spirit of these “Lost Birds.”