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San Antonio Area PREMIER SCREENING!
Rara Avis: John James Audubon and The Birds of America
Thursday, June 4, 7 PM @ The San Antonio Zoo Africa Live! Auditorium You may enter the Zoo at 6 PM at the Front Gate Stroll down the main pathway until you see the Africa Live! building on the left The stairway/elevator to the auditorium is just past the gift shop
Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Al Reinert Produced by Cina Alexander and John Aldrich
Rara Avis is the authoritative documentary about the life and work of naturalist, artist, and dreamer, John James Audubon. The life and career of John James Audubon, author of The Birds of America, is a triumphant American story. He came to this country when it was young, explored it when it was raw, and made art that reminds us today of where and how we began. His legacy is timeless and his story rich with drama, romance, adventure, the lush beauty of the natural world, and the frail grace of the human spirit.
There has never been a feature documentary film made about this remarkable man and his seminal work—an oversight its creators intended to correct in the manner he deserves. Rara Avis is an ambitious project that should inform and captivate viewers today just as Audubon’s paintings did when he unveiled them to the world. Just as The Birds of America created a sensation in the early 19th Century, this well-made film tells Audubon’s story, which still resonates two hundred years later.
We are extremely grateful to Producer Cina Alexander for allowing San Antonio Audubon Society and Bexar Audubon Society to premier this documentary about the life and career of John James Audubon, which had its WORLD PREMIER March 25, 2015, at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. And also thank SAAS Member Jana SAAS Board Member Greg Gibbons for initiating the contact with Ms. Alexander and the San Antonio Zoo for providing space for the screening large enough to accommodate all who wish to attend. The screening is FREE, but there is a suggested donation of $5, which will be contributed to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center to support its education and conservation programs. Ms. Alexander will attend the screening which runs for 91 minutes.
AL REINERT Mr. Reinert is a two-time Academy Award nominee as a documentary filmmaker (FOR ALL MANKIND) and screenwriter (APOLLO 13). His most recent documentary, AN UNREAL DREAM, premiered at the South-by-Southwest Film Festival in March, 2013, where it won the audience award for best documentary. It also debuted on CNN in December 2013. He has been a contributing editor to Texas Monthly Magazine since that magazine was founded in 1972. After several years in exile in Los Angeles he moved back home to Austin to make RARA AVIS.
CINA ALEXANDER Ms. Alexander is the managing partner of Rara Avis Productions, LLC, a single-purpose company that will make the documentary and own the copyright. She has an MBA from Columbia University and serves on the boards of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the National Peregrine Fund, and the Lewa USA Wildlife Conservancy, which supports a large conservancy and community development projects in northern Kenya.
JOHN ALDRICH Mr. Aldrich is a producer/editor based in Austin, TX. He has worked as a Producer, Editor, and Shooter for Discovery, TLC, PBS and most recently National Geographic Television, where he was a staff producer/editor from 2003-2010. His most recent film, AN UNREAL DREAM - THE MICHAEL MORTON STORY aired in December 2013 on CNN and won the SXSW Documentary Spirit Audience Award.