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    Pelican Dreams


    In a story of friendship, survival and the spirit of flight, filmmaker Judy Irving (THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, an Indie smash hit!) follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her “arrest” on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans’ nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration and survival challenges. The film is about wildness: How close can we get to a wild animal without taming or harming it? Why do we need wildness in our lives, and how can we protect it? PELICAN DREAMS stars “Gigi” (for Golden Gate) and Morro (a backyard pelican with an injured wing). “Like THE WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, Irving’s study of brown pelicans is affectionate, at times humorous and reveals a sense of wonder and awe at the birds’ simple beauty”— Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle. Rated G.


    Coming soon to a theatre near you!
    Currently booked with Pelican Dreams:


    Doctober Film Festival, opening film, Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA: 10/3/14
    Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, Berkeley, CA: Opens 10/24/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 10/25/14 for the first evening show)
    Balboa Theatre, San Francisco, CA: Opens 10/24/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 10/24/14 after 7pm and 9pm shows, 10/25/14 after 3pm show and 10/26/14 after 7pm show)
    Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, CA: Opens 10/24/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 10/26/14 for the late afternoon matinee)
    Camera Cinema 3, San Jose, CA: Opens 10/31/14
    (Q&A with Judy Irving Oct 31st after 6:30pm show)
    Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, Sebastopol, CA: Opens 10/31/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 11/2/14 after the 3pm matinee)
    Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma, CA: Opens 10/31/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving November 1st for 7pm show)
    Angelika Film Center, New York, NY: Opens 11/7/14
    Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, New York, NY: Opens 11/7/14
    Playhouse 7 – Laemmle, Pasadena, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 11/8/14 after the 5:30pm show)
    Royal Theater – Laemmle, Los Angeles, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving 11/7/14 after the 7:30pm show)
    Town Center 5 – Laemmle, Encino, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    Camelot Theatre and Cafe, Palm Springs, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    South Coast Village – Regency Theatres, Santa Ana, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    Plaza de Oro Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    Osio Cinemas, Monterey, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    Lark Theater, Larkspur, CA: Opens 11/7/14
    Stinson Beach Community Center, Stinson Beach, CA: Opens 11/8/14
    Nickelodeon Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA: Opens 11/14/14
    Palm Theatre, San Luis Obispo, CA: Opens 11/14/14
    (Q & A with Judy Irving and Bill Nicholson after the first evening show on November 14.
    Special Event: “Morro,” pelican film star, will make a special appearance, along with his caretakers Dani and Bill Nicholson and director Judy Irving, after the 4:15pm matinee on November 15th.)
    State Theatre, Modesto, CA: Opens 11/14/14
    Village East Cinema, New York, NY: Opens 11/14/14
    Key West Film Festival, Key West, FL: 11/15/14
    Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market 3, Washington, D.C.: Opens 11/21/14
    Roxy Theater, Missoula, MT: Opens 11/21/14
    The Screen, Santa Fe, NM: Opens 11/21/14
    Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM: Opens 11/21/14
    Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, San Diego, CA: Opens 11/21/14
    Loft Cinema, Tuscon, AZ: Opens 11/26/14
    Cinema 21, Portland, OR: Opens 11/28/14
    Sundance Cinemas, Seattle, WA: Opens 11/28/14
    Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA: Opens 11/28/14
    Regent Square Theater, Pittsburgh, PA: Opens 11/28/14
    Varsity Theatre, Ashland, OR: Opens 11/28/14
    Movies at the Museum: Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME: Opens 11/28/14
    Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville, ME: Opens 11/28/14
    A/perture Cinema, Winston-Salem, NC: Opens 11/28/14
    Upstate Films, Woodstock, NY: 12/5/14 – 12/7/14
    Coligny Theatre, Hilton Head Island, SC: Opens 12/5/14
    Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT: Opens 12/5/14
    Regal Park Terrace Stadium 6, Charlotte, NC: Opens 12/5/14
    Minor Theatre, Arcata, CA: Opens 12/5/14
    Angelika Dallas, Dallas, TX: Opens 12/5/14
    Angelika Plano, Plano, TX: Opens 12/5/14
    Kahala 8, Honolulu, HI: Opens 12/5/14
    City Lights Cinema, Florence, OR: Opens 12/5/14
    Gateway Film Center, Columbus, OH: Opens 12/5/14
    Burns Court Cinema, Sarasota, FL: Opens 12/5/14
    Tivoli Cinemas, Kansas City, MO: Opens 12/5/14
    Magic Lantern Theatre, Spokane, WA: Opens 12/5/14
    The Screening Room 82 State St, Newburyport, MA: Opens 12/5/14
    Red River Theatres, Concord, NH: Opens 12/5/14
    Regal Arbor 8 Cinema at Great Hills, Austin, TX: Opens 12/5/14
    SIFF Cinema/SIFF Film Center, Seattle, WA: Opens 12/6/14
    The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO: 12/11/14 – 12/13/14
    Broadway Centre Cinemas, Salt Lake City, UT: Opens 12/12/14
    Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs, OH: Opens 12/12/14
    Varsity Theatre, Davis, CA: Opens 12/12/14
    Tallahassee Film Society, Tallahassee, FL: Opens 12/12/14
    Darkside Cinema, Corvallis, OR: Opens 12/12/14
    The Charles Theatre, Baltimore, MD: Opens 12/12/14
    Esquire Theatre, Cincinatti, OH: Opens 12/12/14
    Rose Theatre, Port Townsend, WA: Opens 12/12/14
    Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR: Opens 12/13/14
    Bijou Metro, Eugene, OR: Opens 12/13/14
    Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH: Opens 12/19/14
    O Cinema Miami Shores @ MTC, Miami, FL: Opens 12/19/14
    Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY: 12/19/14 – 12/21/14
    Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL: Opens 12/22/14
    Nevada Theatre, Nevada City, CA: Opens 1/2/15
    Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL: Opens 1/2/15
    Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA: Opens 1/2/15
    Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, Lakewood Ranch, FL: Opens 1/3/15
    Avalon Theatre, Washington, D.C.: Opens 1/7/15
    Denver Film Society, Denver, CO: Opens 1/9/15
    Palace Theater, Hilo, HI: Opens 1/9/15
    The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH: Opens 1/16/15
    Bermuda Docs, Warwick, Bermuda: 1/18/15
    Avon Theatre Film Center, Stamford, CT: 2/4/15
    Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA: 2/13/15 – 2/19/15
    Naro Expanded Cinema, Norfolk, VA: 2/18/15

    The Picture House, Pelham, NY: Opens 2/20/15
    Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Princeton, NJ: 3/21/15, 1pm
    Capitol City Cinema, Jefferson City, MO: 3/27/15 – 4/2/15
    The Flicks, Boise, ID: 3/27/15 – 4/6/15
    Victoria Hall Theater, Santa Barbara, CA: 3/29/15
    ACME Screening Room, Lambertville, NJ: 4/10/15 – 4/11/15
    University of Colorado – Boulder, International Film Series, Boulder, CO: 4/21/15
    Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, CA: 4/26/15
    Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY: 5/2/15 – 5/3/15
    Main Library–Palm Beach County Library System, West Palm Beach, FL: 5/23/15
    The Exploratorium at Pier 15, San Francisco, CA: 6/18/15 at 7pm. Free with museum admission. Q&A with director Judy Irving after the screening!

    “Gigi” gets arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge


    Morro lounges in his yard

    Morro lounges in his yard


    Pelican in flight

    Pelican in flight



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    Morro looks at the camera

    Judy Irving (filmmaker) and Gigi (pelican) in aviary

    Download hi-res production stills from Pelican Dreams here.



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