Tuesday, August 4, 2015

2015 Films: The Birds

The Birds by JJ Sulin
New York (MKE Premiere)
Running Time: 4 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 12th 6pm


A short doc pulling together the stories of three men who raise and fly pigeons in NYC.




Last summer I came across a newspaper article about pigeon flying in NYC. When I asked my neighbor about it he said, "come inside". He gave an impromptu lecture on the different kinds of birds, their care, stories about from when he was a kid and spoke about some of the "pigeon mumblers” that he had known. A few weeks later we both went to a pet store in Bushwick - one of the very few left that sell birds. There I met Joe Scott…"

From Viewing NYC Website:

Brooklyn based photographer and filmmaker JJ Sulin recently created this interesting short film about 3 men who independently raise hundreds of pigeons in New York City. Here the stories of why Joe Scott from Brooklyn, Tom Scotto from Staten Island, and Vincent Outerbridge from The Bronx all became interested in a career raising the birds.

Seem like an odd topic for a mini-doc? Sulin says he actively seeks out the oddity in life: 

I find interest in the slightly awkward and off–beat moments, using those elements to connect with the subject in the most human way. It’s the same approach I take to portraits, still life or landscapes—looking for ways in which to humanize my subjects and my surroundings—or at least join them in a humorous moment.

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