Emptying the Skies

Based on Jonathan Franzen’s essay in The New Yorker, this powerful documentary shows the secret struggle to save the millions of songbirds that are illegally poached each year in the Mediterranean.



Douglas Kass & Roger Kass





Running Time

78 mins 

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Emptying_the_Skies_WEB.jpgA delicacy in some Mediterranean countries, millions of birds are unlawfully killed each year for large sums on the black market. Filmmaker Roger Kass follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible. Jonathan Franzen executive produces the film - his first foray into feature motion picture production - and provides a narration that goes to the heart of what it means to protect these beautiful, vulnerable birds.

Screening: May 30, 2014 at Roxie Theater. West Coast Premiere

Discussion with: Roger Kass, director; Andrea Rutigliano, Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS); Jonathan Franzen, executive producer.