Skip to main content

An award-winning documentary film to be part of North Bay Film Festival

BayToday.ca staff,
September 19 2016

Modernity is killing them, and if we don’t do something soon, it might destroy us, too.

The award-winning documentary film, The Messenger, is coming to North Bay as part of a special mini-tour of Northern Ontario that kicks off September 30th at Sudbury’s Downtown Movie Lounge.

The producer, Joanne Jackson, calls it, “An essential film for anyone who cares about the environment and nature, The Messenger explores mankind’s deep seated connection to songbirds and the devastating impact humans have had on bird species, from urbanization, climate change and pesticides.

Jackson was born in New Liskeard.

The documentary screens Sunday, October 2 at 11 a.m. at the North Bay Film Festival in The Capitol Centre. It will be followed by a Q+A with Producer Joanne Jackson, and local conservationists.

The film will also be shown in Sudbury Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and New Liskeard Oct. 3.

Since its world premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival, The Messenger has been seen by audiences the world over at more than 30 international film festivals, played in over 100 US Cinemas, and is available on US Netflix.

It has received several awards, including The Best Conservation Program from Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Best of Fest and Best Theatrical Feature, International Wildlife Film Festival plus a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary and the Ontario Nature’s Carl Nunn Media Impact Award.

The Messenger was shot in Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, France, The Netherlands and the USA.

See the trailer.

“According to Su Rynard’s provocative and beautiful documentary The Messenger, today’s songbirds are delivering us a message of global proportion: Modernity is killing them, and if we don’t do something soon, it might destroy us, too,” says a review in LA Weekly.

“Without a doubt, The Messenger is the most outstanding film I’ve seen on birds. The fact that it is so strongly science-based, so emotive in its pitch, so beautiful in its design it captivates me and everyone who has had a chance to see it.” – Steven Price, President, Bird Studies Canada.