The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Mark Bittner
Director: Judy Irving Cast: Mark Bittner
Mark Bittner
, Ivan Stormgart
Ivan Stormgart
, Maggie McCall
Maggie McCall
Judy Irving


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Telegraph Hill is a neighborhood in one of the hillier sections of San Francisco that over the years has become home to a large flock of wild parrots. While no one is certain how they got there, the birds were for the most part left to their own devices until they were discovered by Mark Bittner. A street musician and self-described "Dharma bum," Bittner had no practical background in ornithology when he first encountered the parrots, but it wasn't long before he developed a close bond with them and took it upon himself to feed and care for the birds, and even gave many of them names. Bittner's friendship with the parrots became a growing experience that taught the guitarist as much about himself as it did about the birds, and with the passage of time, his work earned him the respect of his community as well as a home. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a documentary which recounts the story of Bittner and his birds, as well as an unexpected twist of fate which added a poignant note to their tale.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/26/2005
UPC: 0767685969335
Original Release: 2004
Rating: G
Source: New Video Group
Time: 1:23:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Origins of the flock; Urban legends; Update: Mingus at the Oasis; Parrots music video; Mark Bittner's home movies; Flock updates; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; California Quail bonus Short

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Bittner Participant
Ivan Stormgart Urban Legend
Maggie McCall Urban Legend
Gary Scott Thompson Urban Legend
Elizabeth Wright Urban Legend
Jamie Yorck Urban Legend
Jann Eyrich Mark's Neighbour
Shawn Hall Mark's Neighbour
John Aiken Lorikeet Aviary Curator of Birds
Tom Eby Mark's "Landlord"
Denise St. Onge Mark's "Landlord"
Richard Schulke Chairman, Animal Control and Welfare Commission Hearing
Betsy Lott Participant
Nate Lott Participant

Technical Credits
Judy Irving Director,Camera Operator,Editor,Producer
Sam Lehmer Sound Editor
Chris Michie Score Composer
Patrick Rickey Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
1. Introduction [6:57]
2. Mingus [8:11]
3. Connor [9:50]
4. Finding Nature [4:32]
5. Picasso and Sophie [4:26]
6. Lorikeet Aviary [6:58]
7. A New Breed [4:18]
8. Urban Legends and Hawks [8:20]
9. A Career [13:46]
10. Tupelo [6:14]
11. The Last Feeding [6:28]
12. Credits [2:58]

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