What events or stories should be covered in Montreal in February and March 2011?
Hello Montreal Media Coop,
My name is Moheb Soliman; I'm a writer and performer here in Montreal. With the artist collective Studio Migration, I'm hosting a special Earth Day screening of the critically-acclaimed documentary Ghost Bird, which deals with the mysterious status of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker and one town's interests in reviving it. It's an indie doc that probably won't be found in Montreal again, so we'd love to draw a really diverse audience.
It would be great if you could please post our info on any relevant virtual spaces and circulate to others.
The theme of the evening is "three acts that navigate the collisions between human and natural worlds," and will feature performed poems by myself about the Great Lakes, and songs by a phenomenal and rising Montreal musician by the name of Goose. It promises to be a unique, inter-disciplinary, and environmentally-conscious event and we'd love to have all sorts of people attend and raise awareness of where the arts and environmentalism meet.
More information, links, and images are in the attached press release.Thanks for your time and hope to see you there~Moheb
~ PRESS RELEASE ~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~
Earth Day screening of ‘eco-noir’ documentary Ghost Bird on April 22nd at OFFInterarts, with music by Goose and poetry performance by a Midwest reader
For Earth Day, the artist collective Studio Migration presents three acts that navigatethe collisions between human and natural worlds: a Midwest reader; Goose; anda screening of Ghost Bird – the new "eco-noir" documentary film by Scott Crockerinvestigating the mystery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. April 22 8pm, OFF Interarts.
WHAT: Ghost Bird screening, music by Goose, performed poems by a Midwest reader
WHEN: Friday, April 22nd - doors 8pm, program 9pm
WHERE: OFF Interarts - 5145 St. Laurent (Metro Laurier)
PRICE: $9 suggested donation
GooseLocal piano-folk quintet combines vocals harmonies with accordion and cello to evokewhat birds and whales have in common. www.myspace.com/goosefeather
a Midwest readerWriter/performance artist Moheb Soliman presents imagistic experimental work aboutcircumnavigating the Great Lakes by land and writing. www.ctglblw.blogspot.com
This acclaimed documentary explores the strange rediscovery of the Ivory-billedWoodpecker, believed extinct for over half a century. In 2005, scientists announcedthat the bird was still flying in the swamps of Eastern Arkansas, leading the nation’s80 million birders to celebrate the woodpecker’s miraculous second-coming. Theresidents of nearby Brinkley, Arkansas also flew at the chance to capitalize on thisfledgling eco-tourism, hoping for a resurrection of their own.
Set in a murky swamp overrun with birders, scientists, and reporters, Ghost Birdexplores the limits of certainty, the obsessive power of hope, and how one phantomgiant woodpecker changed a sleepy Southern town forever.
This thrilling eco-noir investigates the strange but true story of a small town inArkansas overrun by a nation of birders all searching for the Holy Grail with wings- the Ivory-billed woodpecker. Presumed extinct for over half a century, the giantbird was seen flying through nearby swamps by scientists who finally announced itsrediscovery in 2005.
Despite the largest recovery effort in history, the Ivory-bill remains as elusive asever. This witty, intelligent documentary brings the Ivory-bill's rediscovery into focus,
revealing our uneasy relationship with nature and the increasing uncertainty of ourplace within it.
Ghost Bird features an official soundtrack with music by The Pixies, The Black Keys,
Under Byen, Hazmat Modine, Sonny Terry, The Black Heart Procession, and an originalscore by Canadian avant-cellist, Zoë Keating.
Directed by Scott Crocker, 2009 / 85 min documentary / Small Change Productionswww.ghostbirdmovie.com
PressThe New York Times said, “Crocker has turned a bird-watching tale into a multi-layered story that will fascinate practically everybody in Ghost Bird, a witty, wistfuldocumentary.’’
The Wall Street Journal writes, “By turns witty and metaphysical, “Ghost Bird” evokesthe offbeat Americana of Errol Morris’s “Vernon, Florida,” while examining the natureof belief and the blurry margins of fact.”
Critic's Pick, New York Magazine exclaims, “This spellbinding documentary takesa small item from recent history…and turns it into a cosmic lament for the forestprimeval and man’s search for environmental redemption.”
Electronic Press Kit: http://ghostbirdmovie.com/press/GHOST_BIRD_PRESS_KIT.pdf
5 bonnes raisons d'être là le Jeudi 5 mai à la manifestation citoyenne
Parce que j'en ai assez de voir la direction du CSSS Jeanne-Mance:
Rassemblement 16h au métro Mont-Royal
Le 5 mai, je sors de l'ombre et j'affiche mes couleursLe 5 mai, je marche avec les organisations populaires
La manifestation sera suivi d'un 5@7 sous chapiteau!
New Montreal residents' campaign and blog calling on the resignation of Mayor Tremblay
Event to cover next Wednesday, April 27th: (from Tadamon)
* Reflections on Uprisings: Tunisia to Egypt http://www.tadamon.ca/post/8924
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