The Saratoga Film Forum

The Saratoga Film Forum- Saratoga Springs, New York

The Saratoga Film Forum is a not-for-profit organization that brings a wide variety of quality films to downtown Saratoga Springs.

May 2017

The Lost Bird Project (documentary)
May 10, 12 at 7:30pm

SaratogaFilmForum.org describes the film as follows:

The Lost Bird Project is a surprisingly emotional and thought-provoking film about extinction and the role we humans play in this phenomenon.

Sculptor Todd McGrain (a New York artist) became interested in extinction of species and the role we humans play, after reading “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers”, by Christopher Cokinos. The book details the extinction of five major American bird species (the Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet, Heath Hen, Labrador Duck and the Great Auk. All five birds were unique American species and all became extinct because of human activity – primarily predation. Scultpor Todd McGrain decides to memorialize these animals and we watch his journey to find new “homes” for these animals, in the places where these birds were last seen.

Since the film was made, McGrain continues to create awareness about endangered species and has created more sculptures of these Lost Birds.  A second set of these statues has been installed at the Smithsonian. McGrain is now working on additional sculptures to portray other extinct American birds.

A Quiet Passion
May 19 - 22 at 7:30pm

Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) maintains close ties with her family while becoming a prolific poet whose work becomes recognized after her death in 1886.

History of Saratoga Film Forum

In 1993, a group of Saratogians recognized a need within the community for an in-town movie theater that would screen quality, hard-to-find films and promote the art of cinema in Saratoga Springs.

The Saratoga Film Forum typically offers alternative movies, including independent films, classic American cinema, foreign films, independent films, documentaries, shorts, and video productions by local and nationally known filmmakers. They also host regular panels, forums, and workshops with producers, directors, writers, and other members of the filmmaking community - this promotes access for other local groups to the medium of film as a way of educating, informing, and generating discussion about local and national issues of concern to our community.

For more information call the Saratoga Film Forum at 518.584.3456.

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