* In person: Migratory bird rehabilitator Annie Mardiney
In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges.
The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty. — Shadow Distribution
Mardiney is a licensed New York State rehabilitator and a federally licensed migratory bird rehabilitator. She received her New York and Federal Fish and Wildlife rehab licenses nine years ago. She has had birds of one kind or another since she was 7 (starting with Chirpy, a rooster), and ran the poultry/rabbit 4-H club for 10 years. Her love of birds and wildlife were well-known during those years that whenever someone found an injured or orphaned bird or rabbit, they would bring it to her.