“In ancient times humans looked to the flight and songs of birds to protect the future. Today once again, birds have something to tell us.”
Mendocino Solar Service is proud to sponsor the 11th Annual Mendocino Film Festival’s special screening of The Messenger, on Saturday, June 4 at 10am in the Festival tent in Mendocino. Tickets are now available online.
Can you imagine a world without birdsong? As terrifying as that is, hunting, light pollution, high-rise collisions, pipelines, pesticides, and destruction of migratory habitats have made songbird extinctions an all-too-real possibility. The Messenger is a visually stunning, thematically vital film not to be missed.
Su Rynard’s wide-ranging and contemplative documentary, explores our deep connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.
Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, The Messenger brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers, while offering a glimmer of hope for the future and showing how birds have inspired music, art, and creativity for generations.
View the fillm’s artful trailer and learn more about songbird conservation.
There will be a Q&A after the film screening with producer Joanne Jackson. Mendocino Solar Service staff will also be tabling before the film, providing solar information and resources.
Each year, Mendocino Solar Service sponsors the screening of a specially-selected film to screen during the Mendocino Film Festival, as part of the Films For Our Future Series. We help to elevate these films and encourage those interested in solar energy-related issues to show up to support these films.
Total Runtime: 89 min
Country of Origin: Canada/New York/Turkey
Awards: Best Conservation Program, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival; Top Ten Audience Award, Hot Docs; Official Selection, Mill Valley Film Festival.
Festival Tent (Mendocino)
Saturday June – 4 – 10:00 AM
Noyo Theater (Willits)
Saturday June – 4 – 2:00 PM