Washington D.C. Premiere

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Selections from the 2009 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

THE LEGEND OF PALE MALE (USA, 2009, 85 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere This is the true story of how one hawk lays claim to Central Park and sets in motion a chain of events that will unite New York City behind his cause. He inspires a young man to become a filmmaker and together they set out on a 16-year journey through life, death, birth, hope and redemption. Known as “Pale Male,” the hawk becomes a magnificent obsession and a metaphor for triumph against all odds. His nest, perched on a posh Fifth Avenue co-op, becomes an international tourist destination – a place of pilgrimage. Then, without warning, the residents of the building decide to dismantle the bird’s nest. New Yorkers discover just how deep their connection to nature really is and how much they are willing to fight for it. Directed by Frederic Lilien. Produced by Frederic Lilien and Janet Hess. Winner of the Best People & Nature Program and Best Writing Award.

Introduced by Cristian Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History. Discussion with filmmaker Frederic Lilien follows screening.

Ticket/Reservation Info:


National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(METRO: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle)

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