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)
Booking Inquiry Playdates Shop Home Video

The Messenger

Crew
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.

Reviews

"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



Awards

  • 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

Hi-Res Poster

Trailer Embed Code

Hi-Res Trailer

Interested in bringing The Messenger to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

The Messenger may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
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


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on May. 26 2019 at 10:05am
Los Angeles: Just two chances left to see LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT in 3D, today and tomorrow at' @laemmle's…'' https://t.co/fxQSUg4F9e'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 10:27pm
"Kino Lorber offers a sturdy transfer of THE LANDLORD, Hal Ashby’s overlooked and still quite volatile feature film…' https://t.co/CMh6njUG0M'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 2:13pm
Get ready to level up. 𝔻𝕀𝔸𝕄𝔸ℕ𝕋𝕀ℕ𝕆 is now playing at' @MetrographNYC', opens 5/31 at' @BAMfilmBrooklyn', coming soon to…' https://t.co/PV5mIl7c9k'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 1:18pm
Christo and director Andrey Paounov under the amazing' @NuartTheatre' marquee on opening night of WALKING ON WATER!' https://t.co/aTF8bZEo6K'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 1:08pm
RT' @DVDBeaver': Lana Turner in Madame X Blu-ray' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/HxcryBTlpt' CAN:' https://t.co/Nay4bOvGhP' UK:' https://t.co/Nay4b…'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 12:02pm
RT' @adriancurry': Do not miss NYTimes Critic’s Pick DIAMANTINO' @MetrographNYC' this weekend!' https://t.co/CsYEU3suDZ'
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 12:01pm
RT' @IconsRobG': Nice.' @KinoLorber' is starting to delve into Alfred Hitchcock's very early films for Blu! Haven't seen a lot of these! https:…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 25 2019 at 11:59am
RT' @HazelNu92732869': Kudos to' @KinoLorber' and' @UCLAFTVArchive' for the gorgeous restoration of #BeckySharp now on #Blu, which should be a mu…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 24 2019 at 3:13pm
RT' @musicboxtheatre': **Playing All Weekend at the Music Box** Olivier Assayas' sly, sexy comedy NON-FICTION and Andrey Paounov's inspiring…
'@KinoLorber' on May. 24 2019 at 3:07pm
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is playing this weekend in Los Angeles, Coral Gables, San Diego, San Francisco, Berke…' https://t.co/Jk9r8XKNXp'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com