Ghost Bird
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It is estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans pursue bird watching as a hobby, and most of them are people who thrive on the prospect of finding a specimen they haven't seen before. In February 2004, a birder kayaking in an Arkansas swamp videotaped what he believed was a remarkable find -- an ivory-billed woodpecker, a large and impressive creature that was believed to have been extinct for half a century after unregulated clear-cutting of forests destroyed its habitat. The sighting was major news among avian researchers, and Cornell University's Ornithology Lab sent a team… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"An unassuming, clear-headed documentary about the hope that heaven and Earth may have actually produced a miracle, at least this time around, and allowed a species back from extinction."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"Backed by an eclectic soundtrack, Crocker's 2009 doc traces the hubbub around the decades-departed ivory-billed woodpecker, purportedly rediscovered near Brinkley, Arkansas."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"Ghost Bird feels a bit flat and by-the-numbers, and at almost 90 minutes, padded."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"An enthusiast's documentary nearly as rare as its very possibly extinct subject."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"The movie is impressive for its sophisticated take on blind hope."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Thanks to Scott Crocker's crisply edited balance of scientific backbiting, naturalist noodling and a macro-philosophizing of what this possible rediscovery might mean, what could have been a niche-specific doc becomes something oddly compelling..."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A story about wish fulfillment and judgment being clouded by hope."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Scott Crocker has turned a bird-watching tale into a multilayered story that will fascinate practically everybody."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Offers a rueful consideration of the circumstances that drive species into extinction."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Well-balanced, provocative, illuminating and suspenseful."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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