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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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
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
Cinema Le Clap Quebec City 1460692800April 15 - April 22, 2016

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