Ghost Bird
Ghost Bird (2009)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: May 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2011
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice

Backed by an eclectic soundtrack, Crocker's 2009 doc traces the hubbub around the decades-departed ivory-billed woodpecker, purportedly rediscovered near Brinkley, Arkansas.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Offers a rueful consideration of the circumstances that drive species into extinction.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie is impressive for its sophisticated take on blind hope.

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David Fear
Time Out

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...

Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Ghost Bird feels a bit flat and by-the-numbers, and at almost 90 minutes, padded.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Scott Crocker has turned a bird-watching tale into a multilayered story that will fascinate practically everybody.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Crocker crafts a surprisingly suspenseful tale as he follows the battle of experts on each side as well as the more fundamental tug of war between faith and empiricism.

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

A story about wish fulfillment and judgment being clouded by hope.

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