The Lost Bird Project | Film

Mr.Hubbard's Salon: The Lost Bird Project

October 21, 2013 at 7pm
Cazenovia Public Library
100 Albany St
Cazenovia, NY 13035
United States
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Elisha Davies · · 315.655.9322

Mr. Hubbard’s Salon, the Cazenovia Public Library’s discussion group presents, The Lost Bird Project, a film by three-time Oscar nominee Deborah Dickson, on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room.

The Lost Bird Project is a film about public art, extinction and memory.  It is an elegy to five extinct North American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at art and inspiration.

The film tells the story of sculptor Todd McGrain's quest to memorialize five birds (the Heath Hen, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk and Labrador Duck) that have been driven to extinction in modern times. The movie documents the road-trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where these birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain’s large bronze sculptures at these spots.

McGrain’s aim in placing the sculptures is to give presence to the birds where they are now so starkly absent. “These birds are not commonly known,” said McGrain, “and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It’s such a thorough erasing.”

The film is produced by Muffie Meyer, whose previous directing credits include the original Grey Gardens documentary and several Emmy award-winning documentaries. The score is composed by Grammy-winner Christopher Tin. 


Heath Hen - Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Passenger Pigeon - Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Columbus, Ohio
Carolina Parakeet - Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee, Florida
Great Auk – Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
Labrador Duck - Brand Park, Elmira, New York

Will you be there?