Film Schedule

Legend of the Pale Male

When: February 26, 2011, 7pm

Credits

Director: Frederic Lilien (English, 85m, 2009)

Official website

This is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park. He meets a hawk. Not just any hawk, but a wild Redtail, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. Compelled to follow this extraordinary creature, he buys a video camera and sets out to track the hawk. Little does he know that the journey will take him almost twenty years and lead him down many trails of life, death, birth, hope, and redemption.

Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes a magnificent obsession and a metaphor for triumph against all odds. His nest, perched on a posh 5th Avenue co-op, starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination - a place of pilgrimage.

The film will be introduced by Janet Hess, Series Editor of NATURE, the premier natural history series from Thirteen/WNET for PBS. She has written and produced some 20 documentary programs. She collaborated with Frederic Lilien on his first film, the original "Pale Male," for which she was awarded the 2004 Emmy Award for writing.

News & Views

  • March 1, 2011

    The 2011 award recipients have been announced, click here to see the winners.

  • Short Film Competition

    The Visions of Nature/Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival at Eckerd College is pleased to announce an environmental film competition. The competition is open to all students. We especially encourage submissions from Eckerd College students and alumni. The winning entries will be screened during the film festival on February 23. Click here for more information.

  • March 29, 2010

    The 2010 award recipients have been announced! Click here to see the winners.

  • February 5, 2010

    The 2010 films have been announced. Learn more.