5699TFS Movie-June 13
- Jun 3, 2009Get your tickets early or reserve them through the link below.
A second show has been added to the evening.
TFS in partnership
with St. Francis Wildlife
the ALL SAINTS CINEMA
ON THE WING
Saturday, June 13 at 5PM and 7 PM
$7 general admission � $5 TFS members � $5 students with ID
�On The Wing� tells the story of a remarkable flock of birds
that became the heart of a wonderful American city where
people work to coexist with nature instead of smoking it
out. The stars of �On The Wing� are tiny birds called Vaux
swifts that, since the early 1980�s, have taken up residence
in the chimney of a Portland, Oregon Elementary School
during the month of September. Each night during the
swifts� residency, thousands of them fill the sky above
Chapman Elementary School. Just before sunset, the
birds form a dramatic vortex and dive into the chimney in
an amazing aerial display. In years past, the flock has
been estimated to be the largest collection of roosting
swifts in North America at nearly 40,000 birds.
Since the early 1990�s, the event has become a cult
phenomenon in Portland, drawing hundreds and sometimes
thousands of people nightly to watch the amazing
display. They sit at attention in awe of the birds but burst
out in cheers and jeers as birds of prey roar through the
flock of swifts. The event has become a must see during
the fall in Portland.
The film documents the birds� 2007 residency. Interviews
with members of the crowd, Chapman Elementary School
neighbors and faculty, Audubon Society of Portland staff
and a cast of characters explain how the phenomenon
came to be and how it has evolved into what it is today.
Amazing footage of the birds, including a view from inside
the chimney, gives audiences an extraordinary, never-before-
seen view of the swifts.
(2008. Color. Unrated. 61 minutes)
Sponsored in part by the city of Tallahassee
and the Council on Culture and Arts
St. Francis Wildlife education director
Sandy Beck will present a short program
about chimney swifts and kites � other
amazing neotropical birds that call north
Florida home during their breeding season.
Meet �Havana,� a live Mississippi kite, and
learn what you can do to attract and help
nature�s bug zappers. A portion of tonight�s
ticket sales will benefit the St. Francis
Wildlife rehabilitation center.
All Saints Cinema, 9181/2 Railroad Avenue
386-4404 for more info � www.tallahasseefilms.com
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