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.
Flock Updates; Behind the scenes; Parrots around the world; Mark Bittner and Judy Irving update; Music video: Ballad of the Brooklyn parrots; Please don't feed the birds; Urban legends; Special homage to Connor; Origins of the flock; Mark Bittner's home movies; California Quail bonus short; Original theatrical trailer; 2 new films by director Judy Irving: Christmas at the Bait Shop and 19 Arrests, No Convictions
Disc #1 -- Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Play Scenes Extras Flock Update (6:58) Deleted Scenes Babies (3:29) The Display (0:37) Urban Legends (2:04) Ashley's Release (2:19) Theo (1:16) Flock Origins (14:14) Juveniles (1:29) Play All Short Films Homage to Connor (11:55) Mingus at the Oasis (8:08) Mark's Home Movies (28:15) California Quail (3:08) Play All Audio Set Up Stereo 2.0 Dolby 5.1 Music Video (4:13) Theatrical Trailer Filmmaker Bio About the Book About the Soundtrack About Pelican Media Pelican Media Credits (1:00) About Docurama Credits Catalog/Trailers Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back Brother's Keeper Go Tigers! Guerrilla: The Taking Lost in La Mancha Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills The Weather Underground Disc #2 -- Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Bonus Disc Updates Play All Flock Update - 7 min. Please Don't Feed the Birds - 16 min. Mark and Judy Update - 11 min. Parrot Rescue - 6 min. Outtakes Play All Erica and Russell - 3 min. Ace in the Hole - 2 min. Behind the Scenes - 4 min. Mark and Judy Interview Music Video Short Films Play All Parrots and Power Poles - 9 min. The Parrot Trade - 5 min. New Documentaries Play All Christmas at the Bait Shop - 6 min. 19 Arrests, No Convictions - 30 min. Strictly for Parrots Play All La Amazons - 8 min. Parrots Around the World - 20 min.
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More than 1 year ago
I saw this documentary thinking that it would be an insight into parrots, but it went beyond that. It's amazing that we don't look up sometimes to see and feel the living that occurs high in canopies of trees. It's a wonderful film of bonding of man to bird that transcends the wonders of nature. This film exceeded my expectations in a heartwarming way that proved emotions and personalities of different species (man and bird) can co-exist if given the habitat and space, even in a big city like San Francisco's Telegraph Hill.
More than 1 year ago
Although this documentary is titled as if it is about some birds --- and it is --- it is equally about the nature of affection, challenge, mortality, empathy. It is told from the point of view of a human, with a pragmatic point of view: if these creatures behave in a recognizably human fashion, who are we to conclude that they are motivated differently? This is a touching film. Given what happens to Tupelo and Connor, the ending is quite sweet, and full of ... Hope.
More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to see! Am going to buy for my small grandsons so they have a special appreciation for wild birds and how to treat them with dignity, respect, and love. Beautifully done. My husband and I were both so very touched...makes me want to go to SF to see these glorious creatures.
More than 1 year ago
I ahven't seen the movie yet, but will be buying it. I love the book so far. Each chapter is like a short story. I live east of San Francisco and go out there often. I've heard of the flock, but hadn't seen them until about 6 months ago. What a sight to see and hear.
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