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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 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 documentary, “Winged Migration,” at the North Dakota Heritage Center in the newly renovated Russell Reid Auditorium on Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. This is the third of six movies featured in the Feathered Friday Film Festival sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and for the 2003 Oscar Best Documentary Feature. It won "Best Editing" at the 27th César Awards, where it was also nominated for "Best Music" and "Best Debut."

Long one of France's most respected producers, Jacques Perrin created "Winged Migration,” which explores the mystery of birds in flight. More than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers, followed a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and seven continents. The film covers landscapes from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques. Ingeniously designed cameras allowed the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that opens one's eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world.

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: The Lost Bird Project on May 16, 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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