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

Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu. 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 visit our site or contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

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


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 8:11pm
RT' @zeitgeistfilms': '.@DailyGrindhouse' interviewed the filmmakers of M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY about how they got' @StephenFry' to narr…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 7:48pm
RT' @RollingStone': Shatara Michelle Ford’s 'Test Pattern' is stunning in its examination of blackness, whiteness, and gender. Read our revie…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 6:14pm
RT' @JustTheDiscsPod': #BlurayDeals -' @KinoLorber' titles for $13.99 each (44% OFF): SOLDIER BLUE:' https://t.co/kVmIzoVdMs' CANYON PASSAGE: htt…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 6:14pm
RT' @themovieisle': Our Bob Hope triple feature continues with' @KinoLorber/@KLStudioClassic's' Blu-Ray for the highly influential Nothing but…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 11:39am
“An important record showing the strength of the American people's opposition to the Vietnam War.” –' @JenniferMerin…'' https://t.co/k26CeBQzlu'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 10:42am
Gorgeous review of Shatara Michelle Ford's "brilliant first feature" TEST PATTERN from' @tnyfrontrow' of' @NewYorker',…' https://t.co/WDgwVbpDaP'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 10:28am
RT' @SorayaMcDonald': A beautiful review of a film I have not been able to shut up about since the moment I saw it' https://t.co/Rn5ONUQxHP'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 10:01am
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming June 15th! Body Slam (1986) • Brand New HD Master from a 2K scan of the Interpositive • NEW Interview with Act…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 9:41am
RT' @Under_Radar_Mag': Here’s our take on the 1972 William Greaves film “Nationtime,” reissued on Kino Lorber (@KinoLorber). “Anyone wanting…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 24 2021 at 9:41am
RT' @joshrothkopf': Took a break from Criterion’s “Essential Fellini” to return to its one serious omission: FELLINI’S CASANOVA, which has pa…
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