The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill burst upon the documentary scene and turned a lot of us into the "birders" we didn't know we were? Hard to believe, as it seems like only a few years ago that those parrots landed. Now, the woman who made that excellent documentary, Judy Irving, returns with a new one devoted to pelicans. Nowhere near as brightly colored as those parrots (except, it turns out, when they are mating!), and generally quite a bit larger, too, pelicans are most noted for their huge bills and pouches, as well as for executing some amazing, straight-down-and-speedy dives into the sea for their next meal, which is a single dish: fish.
Bird People, if you haven't already.)
PELICAN DREAMS begins with a grabber: a lone pelican (above) is found wandering and walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. (She will later be nick-named GG, in honor of that bridge, though her official moniker, as listed on her leg band, is Pink 193).
Shadow Distribution and running 79 minutes -- opens this Friday, November 7, in New York City (at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinema) and in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Royal, Playhouse 7 and Town Center 5. It will also open concurrently in Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Monterrey and Palm Springs, and in the weeks to follow will open all around the country. To see currently scheduled playdates, with cities and theaters listed, click here and scroll down.