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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill


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Mark Bittner

Screening in conjunction with LDSOA’s new installation “Big Bird, Little Bird,” The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is a documentary that chronicles the touching relationship between formerly homeless street musician and “Bohemian St. Francis” Mark Bittner and a flock of wild conure parrots in San Francisco. Unlike many nature documentaries, the film humorously focuses on the lives of individual birds such as Mingus, who takes up residency inside Bittner’s cottage, and Connor, a lonely blue-crowned outcast searching for love. Inspired by dead birds found along the perimeter of the school, the exhibit “Big Bird, Little Bird” considers architecture, habitat and conservation by adhering vinyl prints of predatory birds to the school’s windowpanes in hopes of interrupting the windows’ reflectivity and protecting smaller birds. An opening reception for “Big Bird, Little Bird” and two other new exhibits, “Within a Bounded Field” and “Pspspspspst-zzzzzt!” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5–7 p.m. 

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