The Messenger

Directed by Su Rynard

Year: 2015
Running Time: 90
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Country: France, Canada
Language: English, German, Dutch, French (subtitled in English)
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The Messenger

Directed by Su Rynard

For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures have woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment and are vanishing at an alarming rate. Under threat from climate change, pesticides and more, populations of hundreds of species have dipped dramatically. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in the acclaimed and visually thrilling documentary The Messenger. Find out what's killing our songbirds, and what can be done about it. As in ancient times, songbirds may once again be carrying a message to humans - one that we ignore at our own peril.


"The arguments are persuasive, the message from the birds powerful, and the film a rich and satisfying call to action that is presented with some novel ideas for how to restore the ecological balance." - The New York Times Critics' Pick

"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." - LA Weekly

"Traveling the world to spotlight challenges and solutions, filmmaker Su Rynard never loses sight of the [songbirds'] sheer beauty, or their emotional and symbolic pull as perceived intermediaries between the earthly and spiritual." - The Hollywood Reporter


  • BEST CONSERVATION PROGRAM - Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

  • Top Ten Audience Award - Hot Docs

  • Special Jury Award - Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival

  • Special Mention for Best Documentary - CinemAmbiente

  • Best Environmental Film Prize - Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville Cedex /France 2016

  • Winner: Best of Fest - International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana

  • Winner: Best Theatrical Feature - International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula, Montana

  • Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary - Canadian Screen Awards

  • Nominated for Best Editing in Feature Documentary - Canadian Cinema Editors Award

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Sacajewa Audobon Society Bozeman 1525924800May 10, 2018
McNamara Field Naturalists Club Arnprior 1475121600September 29, 2016
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Cleveland 1475035200September 28, 2016
The Empire Theater Belleville 1474862400September 26, 2016
The Gem Keswick 1474171200September 18, 2016
Festival Des Oiseaux de la Cote-Nord Les Bergeronnes 1473998400September 16, 2016
Plumas Audubon Society Chester 1471665600August 20 - August 21, 2016
North American Ornithology Conference Washington 1471492800August 18, 2016
The Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory Lions Head 1470456000August 6, 2016
Utah Film Center Salt Lake City 1469505600July 26, 2016
Austin Film Society Austin 1468123200July 10, 2016
Railroad Square Cinema Waterville 1466568000June 22, 2016
Roxy Theater Missoula Missoula 1466308800June 19, 2016
Bytowne Cinema Ottawa 1466136000June 17 - June 18, 2016
Meaning Movies Gig Harbor 1465531200June 10, 2016
Meaningful Movies at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church Gig Harbor 1465531200June 10, 2016
Acadia Birding Festival Mount Desert 1464753600June 1, 2016
Stockey Centre Parry Sound 1464753600June 1, 2016
Mendocino Film Festival Mendocino 1464321600and June 4
St. Joseph Public Library South Bend 1464148800May 25, 2016
Okanahan College Theater Penticton 1463803200May 21, 2016
Fort Sumter National Monument Charleston 1463803200May 21, 2016
Kings Mountain National Military Park Hopkins 1463803200May 21, 2016
Ninety Six National Historic Site Ninety Six 1463803200May 21, 2016
Mountain Bird Festival at ScienceWorks Theater Ashland 1463716800May 20, 2016
Congaree National Park Hoskins 1463716800May 20 - May 21, 2016
Wenatchee River Institute/Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Leavenworth 1463716800May 20, 2016
Kitsap Audubon Poulsbo 1463630400May 19, 2016
Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival Washburn 1463630400May 19, 2016
The Capital Theatre Windsor 1463457600May 17, 2016
Gem Theater Grand Forks 1463284800May 15, 2016
The Bandwidth Cinema Winnipeg 1463112000May 13 - May 19, 2016
The Gorge Cinema Elora 1463112000May 13 - May 18, 2016
Oakville Mews Cinema Oakville 1463025600May 12, 2016
Table Rock State Park Hokins 1463025600May 12, 2016
Rio Theater Vancouver 1462939200May 11, 2016
Monmouth County Audubon Society Red Bank 1462939200May 11, 2016
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1462852800May 10, 2016
Martha's Vineyard Film Society Vineyard Haven 1462680000May 8, 2016
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee 1462507200May 6, 2016
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1462248000May 3, 2016
Gold Town Nickelodeon Juneau 1462161600May 2, 2016
Fernbank Science Center Atlanta 1461988800April 30, 2016
Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary Connersville 1461988800April 30, 2016
Arkansas Audubon Society Morrilton 1461902400April 29, 2016
City Cinema Charlottetown 1461902400April 29 - May 2, 2016
Wildcat Glades Audobon Center Joplin 1461816000April 28, 2016
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor 1461729600April 27, 2016
Strand Theatre Rockland 1461384000April 23, 2016
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1461297600April 22, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Film Society Rehoboth Beach 1461297600April 22, 2016
Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre Lincoln 1461297600April 22 - April 29, 2016
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson 1461297600April 22, 2016
The Bookshelf Guelph 1461124800April 20 - April 23, 2016
UConn Birding Club Storrs 1461038400April 19, 2016
International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula 1460779200April 16, 2016
Arctic Audubon Society Fairbanks 1460692800April 15, 2016
Unity on Cape Cod Hyannis 1460692800April 15, 2016
Cinema Le Clap Quebec City 1460692800April 15 - April 22, 2016
La Veta Public Library La Veta 1460606400April 14, 2016
Edwards Boise Downtown Stadium 9 Boise 1460606400April 14, 2016
NWIL Audubon Society Freeport 1460606400April 14, 2016
Park City Film Series Park City 1460606400April 14, 2016
Napa-Solano Audubon Society Napa 1460433600April 12, 2016
Cinema du Parc Montreal 1460347200April 11 - April 14, 2016
Minor Memorial Library Roxbury 1460260800April 10, 2016
Robert Cooper Audubon Society Muncie 1460174400April 9, 2016
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historical Site Hyde Park 1460174400April 9, 2016
1460088000April 8, 2016
St. Petersburg Audubon Society St. Petersburg 1460088000April 8, 2016
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1460088000April 8 - April 10, 2016
The Loft at Harden & Huyse Cafe Cobourg 1459656000April 3, 2016
Hagler Auditorium Pensacola 1459569600April 2, 2016
Congaree National Park Hoskins 1459569600April 2, 2016
Regency Westlake Village Twin Westlake Village 1459396800March 31, 2016
Detroit Free Press Documentary Festival Detroit 1459396800March 31, 2016
Sonoma International Film Festival Sonoma 1459310400March 30 - April 3, 2016
UA Colorado Mills Stadium 16 & IMAX Lakewood 1459310400March 30, 2016
Cinema Arts Theatres Fairfax 1459224000March 29, 2016
Regent Theatre Arlington 1459137600March 28, 2016
The Loft at Harden & Huyse Cafe Cobourg 1458964800March 26, 2016
Sierra Club Portland 1458705600March 23, 2016
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania Dormont 1458705600MArch 22nd, 23rd, 24th
Rio Theater Vancouver 1458446400March 20, 2016
The Metro/Garneau Cinema Edmonton 1458360000March 19th - 20th, 27th
Chattahoochee Nature Center Roswell 1458360000March 19, 2016
Vic Theatre Victoria 1458273600March 18 - March 21, 2016
Varsity Theatre Des Moines Des Moines 1458273600March 18 - March 31, 2016
The Music Hall Portsmouth 1458273600March 18 - March 24, 2016
The Loft at Harden & Huyse Cafe Cobourg 1458273600March 18, 2016
Bytowne Ottawa 1458273600March 18 - March 21, 2016
The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio Albany 1458187200March 17, 2016
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland 1458100800March 16 & 18
The Broadway Theatre Saskatoon 1458100800March 16, 2016
The Sutton Avian Research Center & Circle Cinema Foundation Tulsa 1457758800March 12, 2016
Central Kentucky Audubon Society at Farish Theater, Lexington Public Library Lexington 1457499600March 9, 2016
University of Mississippi University 1457413200March 8, 2016
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon at Cinema Arts Centre Huntington 1457413200March 8, 2016
Yellowstone Valley Audubon Society 59103 1457240400March 6, 2016
Roxy Theatre Uxbridge 1457240400March 6, 2016
Sheridan Fulmer Library Sheridan 1457154000March 5, 2016
Globe Calgary 1457067600March 4 - March 10, 2016
The Princess Waterloo 1457067600April 2,3,24,26,27
Belleville Downtown DocFest Wellington 1457067600March 4, 2016
Regina Public Library Film Theatre Regina 1457067600March 4 - March 6, 2016
Rose Theatre Port Townsend 1457067600March 4 - March 6, 2016
The Loft at Harden & Huyse Cafe Cobourg 1456462800February 26 - March 4, 2016
Magic Lantern Carlton Cinema Toronto 1456462800February 26 - March 3, 2016
Cinemark Movies 5 - Woodland Woodland 1456376400February 25, 2016
AMC Loews White Marsh 16 White Marsh 1456376400February 25, 2016
Visions of Nature Environmental Film Festival Saint Petersburg 1455944400February 20, 2016

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