Dear Bird Folks,This is not really a question but rather a suggestion about something you and your readers may be interested in. Last March, at a local film festival, I saw a showing of The Legend of Pale Male. I really enjoyed this film and I think you might, too. Although Cape Cod probably doesn’t have its own film festival, you may be able to find this movie playing in Boston or Cambridge. It’s well worth seeking out. – Brandon, Georgetown, Washington, DC.
What a minute, Brandon,What do you mean, “Cape Cod probably doesn’t have its own film festival”? This is not Black Fly, Newfoundland, ya know. Cape Cod has everything you need and then some. We have at least three different film festivals, and some of them even show “talkies.” How about that, City Boy? The Provincetown Film Festival, for example, is a wonderful event for seeing new and unusual movies. Where else can you see a biopic about a dyslexic rooster or a documentary about the invention of coleslaw, with subtitles, all while eating Portuguese Fried Dough? In addition to all the fabulous movies, there is no shortage of celebrities to be seen at this festival. One year John Waters and Kathleen Turner had lunch at the table right next to mine. Unfortunately, some idiot kept winking and blowing kisses to Ms. Turner while she was trying to eat her lunch. He created such a scene that the restaurant owner had to come over and ask me to leave. I attended this year’s Provincetown Film Festival and actually saw the film you suggested…although, I have to admit it wasn’t my first choice. I went to the festival with my friend, Olivia. In addition to being a good friend, she also edits this column for me every week. If you are able to make sense out of Ask The Bird Folks, you can thank Olivia. Without her help, this column would probably be moved to the word puzzle page of the newspaper, and no one would be able to solve it. As a reward for her hard work, I suggested she choose the movie we’d see. And wouldn’t you know it, she chose The Legend of Pale Male. I was not happy. Not only did I have my heart set on seeing the coleslaw film, but also I hate those sappy, anthropomorphic bird movies. I didn’t want to spend two hours watching a majestic bird of prey turned into a sentimental, romanticized figure. Well, as usual, I was wrong. The movie is awesome. A thousand times better than I thought it would be. For once I was happy to be wrong. For anyone who doesn’t already know, Pale Male is the name given to a Red-tailed Hawk, the first red-tail to nest in NYC in nearly 100 years. However, this bird wasn’t about to build its nest in an isolated tree. He chose the ledge of an exclusive high-rise, a high-rise that overlooks Central Park. Throughout the movie we were treated to lots of amazing footage of this powerful raptor; but the movie has very little to with hawks, or any other birds for that matter. It’s all about nature…human nature. As the story unfolds, we meet an endless stream of characters who regularly came to watch this hawk. I know it sounds lame, but it’s not.
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