A Birder's Guide to Everything

Opens Friday, April 11
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1hr 38mins // directed by:Rob Meyer // featuring:Ben Kingsley, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Fifteen-year-old birding fanatic David Portnoy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Road) thinks he’s made the discovery of a lifetime in this charmer of a film from director and Newton native Rob Meyer.

On the eve of his widower father’s second wedding, David spots what may just be the extinct Labrador duck. He and the two other stalwart members of the local Young Birders Society, joined by their headstrong photographer classmate Ellen, take off on a rollicking, interstate road trip in search of a rare bird and elusive answers to teenage questions large and small.

With marvelous supporting performances by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley and James LeGros, A Birder’s Guide to Everything is an alternately poignant and funny window into the thoughtful world of birding. Rob Meyer’s sparkling coming-of-age tale warms the hearts of anyone who grew up with a nerdy passion, as it becomes a tenderhearted look at the moments and relationships that change even the most intensely focused lives. (Tribeca Film Festival)

A Birder’s Guide to Everything premiered in 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won second place in the prestigious Audience Award competition. The film has received fellowships and grants from the Columbus/ Vague Film Production Fund at NYU, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Sundance Institute, and the Tribeca Film Institute. To date, it has been an official selection of the Tribeca, Aspen, Woodstock, Austin, and Williamstown film festivals.

Before the film, birding legend Kenn Kaufman, author of the memoir Kingbird Highway, the birding equivalent of On the Road, and a consultant on the film, speaks about the mysteries surrounding extinct birds. He joins with director Rob Meye