United States | 2014 | Judy Irving
The first film in 11 years from the director of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is another bird-centric doc set in the Bay Area. This time the focus is on Gigi, a brown pelican that alighted on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2008, snarling traffic and becoming a YouTube sensation. She was eventually captured and sent to rehab, where it was determined that she was four months old and starving. Irving uses Gigi’s story as a springboard to explore the plight of all brown pelicans, an endangered species in 1970. Though no longer threatened, this magnificent seabird with a seven-foot wingspan still faces food shortages and reproduction issues. “Takes an optimistic view. Like the parrot movie, Irving's study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous, and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds' simple beauty.” –SFGate.
Cleveland premiere. Blu-ray. 79 min
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