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Posted by Sarah Lockwood at 7:15PM   |  2 comments
scavenger hunt

Blog post by Sarah Lockwood, Cinema & Photography '15, FLEFF Intern, Blairstown, NJ 

This evening's weekly intern FLEFF class features some very special guests. Two men stand in front of us to give a presentation about their film, Scavenger Hunt. Filmmaking and biology, united under a common cause.

Their names? Matt Poldolsky and Eddie Chung.

Their topic? The highly endangered California Condor.

Some quick Condor facts from our speakers:

  • Condors are incredibly social and intelligent
  • The are massive birds - even mistaken in the sky for planes!
  • Low point of species = 22 birds alive, in the 80's
  • First species put on endangered species list in this country
  • Contemplated "Death with Dignity", letting the species die out
  • Little over 70 condors alive in the Arizona area that the film centers on
  • Condors receive lead poisoning from the carcasses left behind by hunters

The film is about this issue, as well as "the vast political spectrum that has erupted as a result of the recognition of this issue."

Their zeal for these birds is evident just from the careful care with which they present photographs and statistics. Both men a eager to share their combined enthusiasm of filmmaking and science with all who attend their screening.

"This isn't just condors... It's wider than just the condors." It's about all scavenging species.

Come see Scavenger Hunt's FLEFF debut Thursday, March 29th, 7:00PM at Cinemapolis.


2 Comments

Great blog post, Sarah! I was astonished at those facts and was surprised to learn about the significant dangers of lead poisoning that hunting has left in the carcasses. I can't wait to see how powerful the film will be tomorrow.

Thanks, Andrew! I, too, was astonished - I also hadn't realized just how few condors were once alive. They've come a long way.



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