Fri April 22 - Earth Day: 3 acts that navigate the collisions between human and natural worlds / acclaimed doc Ghost Bird / Goose / a Midwest Reader

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 20:00

Earth Day screening of independent documentary Ghost Bird on April 22nd at OFF Interarts

with music by Goose and poetry performance by a Midwest reader

For Earth Day, the artist collective Studio Migration presents three acts that navigate the collisions between human and natural worlds: a Midwest reader; Goose; and a screening of Ghost Bird – the new "eco-noir" documentary film by Scott Crocker investigating the mystery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. April 22 8pm, OFF Interarts.

Friday, April 22nd - doors 8pm, program 9pm sharp!

OFF Interarts - 5145 St. Laurent (Metro Laurier)

$9 suggested donation


Local piano-folk quintet combines vocals harmonies with accordion and cello to evoke what birds and whales have in common.


a Midwest reader

Writer/performance artist Moheb Soliman presents imagistic experimental work about circumnavigating the Great Lakes by land and writing.


Ghost Bird

This acclaimed documentary explores the strange rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, believed extinct for over half a century. In 2005, scientists announced that the bird was still flying in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas, leading the nation’s 80 million birders to celebrate the woodpecker’s miraculous second-coming. The residents of nearby Brinkley, Arkansas also flew at the chance to capitalize on this fledgling eco-tourism, hoping for a resurrection of their own.

Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, Ghost Bird explores the limits of certainty, the obsessive power of hope, and how one phantom giant woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever.

This thrilling eco-noir investigates the strange but true story of a small town in Arkansas overrun by a nation of birders all searching for the Holy Grail with wings - the Ivory-billed woodpecker.  Presumed extinct for over half a century, the giant bird was seen flying through nearby swamps by scientists who finally announced its rediscovery in 2005.

Despite the largest recovery effort in history, the Ivory-bill remains as elusive as ever.  This witty, intelligent documentary brings the Ivory-bill's rediscovery into focus, revealing our uneasy relationship with nature and the increasing uncertainty of our place within it.

Ghost Bird features an official soundtrack with music by The Pixies, The Black Keys, Under Byen, Hazmat Modine, Sonny Terry, The Black Heart Procession, and an original score by Canadian avant-cellist, Zoë Keating.

Directed by Scott Crocker, 2009 / 85 min documentary / Small Change Productions