Ghost Bird

Overview

It is estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans pursue bird watching as a hobby, and most of them are people who thrive on the prospect of finding a specimen they haven't seen before. In February 2004, a birder kayaking in an Arkansas swamp videotaped what he believed was a remarkable find -- an ivory-billed woodpecker, a large and impressive creature that was believed to have been extinct for half a century after unregulated clear-cutting of forests destroyed its habitat. The sighting was major news ...
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Overview

It is estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans pursue bird watching as a hobby, and most of them are people who thrive on the prospect of finding a specimen they haven't seen before. In February 2004, a birder kayaking in an Arkansas swamp videotaped what he believed was a remarkable find -- an ivory-billed woodpecker, a large and impressive creature that was believed to have been extinct for half a century after unregulated clear-cutting of forests destroyed its habitat. The sighting was major news among avian researchers, and Cornell University's Ornithology Lab sent a team to Arkansas in hopes of finding a living ivory-billed woodpecker. Hundreds of bird watchers followed them to Brinkley, AR, in hopes of seeing the great bird themselves, and in a town that had been caught in an economic tailspin, the appearance of the woodpecker seemed like a stroke of remarkable good luck. Soon local entrepreneurs were opening gift shops and motels to take advantage of the influx of birders, and a local barber even devised a "woodpecker haircut." But amidst the excitement came a number of researchers who said that they had little hard evidence that what had been sighted was in fact an ivory-billed woodpecker, leading to a contentious debate among bird fanciers and folks in Brinkley who didn't want to lose their windfall. Filmmaker Scott Crocker takes an in-depth look at the sudden reappearance of the ivory-billed woodpecker and its many consequences in the documentary Ghost Bird, which was an official selection at the 2009 Hot Docs International Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 880198119292
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Microcinema
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Sibley Participant
Nancy Tanner Participant
Jerome Jackson Participant
David Luneau Participant
Technical Credits
Scott Crocker Director, Editor, Producer
Black Keys Score Composer
Under Byen Score Composer
Damir Frkovic Cinematographer
Hazmat Modine Score Composer
Zoë Keating Score Composer
Pixies Score Composer
The Black Heart Procession Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghost Bird
1. Into the Swamp [2:00]
2. Extinct No More [2:17]
3. Welcome to Brinkley [5:12]
4. Confirmation [2:35]
5. The Bird is the Word [2:24]
6. The Lord God Bird [3:40]
7. First Doubts [3:30]
8. Two Skeptics [4:42]
9. Media Swamp [2:52]
10. New Evidence [1:55]
11. Throwing Bones [2:18]
12. The Ivory-Bill Skeptic [3:03]
13. Sixty-One Specimens [2:55]
14. Logging the Singer Tract [3:17]
15. The Aftermath [2:12]
16. Pantry Panic [:38]
17. A Litany of Loss [3:12]
18. Brinkley's Blues [3:16]
19. Follow the Money [4:39]
20. The Search Goes On [2:19]
21. Where is My Mind [4:00]
22. Rewinding the Video [5:17]
23. So Little Time [1:24]
24. The Last Ivory-bill [3:03]
25. Goodebye Brinkley [3:22]
26. Epilogue: Area 51 [5:00]
27. Credits [3:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ghost Bird
   Play Feature
   Scenes
   Extras
      Cabinet of Curiosities
         Play
      Florida
         Play
      Mary Scott
         Play
      Sonny Skinner
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      The Sound and the Fury
         Play
      Tim Barksdale
         Play
      Six Pixels
         Play
      Catfish Dude
         Play
      The Imperial Conspiracy
         Play
      Credits
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