For The Birds Directed
Richard Miron USA / 2018 / 92 minutes
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star
What will one woman risk in order to keep the 200 ducks, chickens, geese, and turkeys she's raised and come to love? This Hudson Valley-based documentary follows Kathy Murphy's struggles with family and community as she juggles what many would consider to be too many birds. Kathy's undying devotion to her animals has left her home in disarray and her marriage in jeopardy. The situation turns dire when a legal battle ensues between Kathy and the local animal advocacy organization (Woodstock Farm Sanctuary) over alleged neglect of her beloved birds. For the Birds explores the lasting changes forced onto its endlessly fascinating subjects. On one level, we have a story that is sure to provoke discussion among anyone interested in animal rights and the growing national debate over the mistreatment of animals. On a deeper level, this is a story about love and its power to give rise to heart-wrenching dilemmas. —Max Wexler
BIO: Richard Miron assistant-edited Academy Award-nominated Life, Animated, as well as Art and Craft (Tribeca 2014, Academy Award shortlist). He was the lead editor for the recent feature documentary The Surrounding Game. He received his B.A. in Art from Yale University, where he won the Howard Lamar Prize, Yale's top film award. Miron was the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale for two years, and has a background in animal rights. He received the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film and was a fellow in the 2016 IFP Documentary Labs.
Executive Producer(s): Brian Reed (S-TOWN), Cindy Meehl (BUCK)
Producer(s): Richard Miron, Jeffrey Star, Holly Meehl
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