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Press Release - Public invited to attend free award-winning film about birds at ND Heritage Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2014
Contact: Erik Holland
701.328.2792

Public invited to attend free award-winning film about birds at ND Heritage Center

BISMARCK—The public is invited to attend the award-winning film, “The Lost Bird Project” produced in 2013, at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in the Russell Reid Auditorium on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. This is the fourth movie featured in the Feathered Friday Film Festival sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The Lost Bird Project is an elegy to five extinct North American birds and a thoughtful, moving, sometimes humorous look at sculptor Todd McGrain and his mission. Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction are the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon. Moved by their stories, McGrain set out to create memorials to the lost birds—to bring their vanished forms back into the world. The Lost Bird Project follows the road trip that McGrain and his brother-in-law, Andy Stern, take as they search for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiate for permission to install McGrain’s large bronze sculptures there.

The Feathered Friday Film Festival is held in conjunction with the international Birds in Art traveling exhibit featured in the Sperry Gallery at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum through June 30. This exhibit features bird-themed paintings and sculptures by acclaimed artists from around the world. Additional upcoming films include People of a Feather on June 6, and Birders: The Central Park Effect on June 20.

For more information, go to history.nd.gov or call 701.328.2666.

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