Pelican Dreams


Pelican Dreams

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What's it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward California brown pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans' nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: how close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? Pelican Dreams, stars "Gigi" (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). (C) Shadow

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  • The movie invokes a childlike curiosity with the natural world and communicates sincere admiration for the people who tend to it.

    Jan 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The film is basically 80 minutes of bird-watching, but Irving has a knack for storytelling that makes the time, like those birds, fly away effortlessly.

    Nov 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's a nature film with a very personal entry point. Two, really. The fate of these birds, which, the film tells us, could live into their 40s, becomes as engrossing as many a human drama.

    Nov 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Whatever you think you know about pelicans, "Pelican Dreams" will surprise you.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a nicely photographed study of California's brown pelicans, fascinating birds with a spectacular divebombing method of feeding.

    Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Thankfully devoid of the cutesy anthropomorphizing that afflicts so many Disney nature documentaries, Pelican Dreams will give you a new appreciation for these creatures sometimes referred to as "flying dinosaurs."

    Nov 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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